Your LinkedIn Profile Photo Isn’t Just About You

LinkedIn profile photo

by Donna Svei on May 11, 2013

Julie Walraven has a great post today explaining why you need a LinkedIn profile photo. She writes, “People instinctively trust someone more if they can see their face.” She’s right.

Interestingly, the trust issue doesn’t impact just you. It also affects anyone you recommend or endorse on LinkedIn. Remember, when you make a recommendation or endorsement, your profile photo shows on that person’s LinkedIn profile. Don’t be that drab, anonymous silhouette you see in the screenshot above. While your friends and colleagues surely appreciate your support, you can see it has more impact when it’s connected to a face than when it’s not.

So please, get a profile photo up. If you don’t care about it for yourself, do it for your valued friends and colleagues.

BTW, please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn here. My email address is donnasvei@gmail.com. I love connecting with people who read my blog!

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Donna Svei May 15, 2013 at 08:55

Added, with permission, from a private comment I received on LinkedIn:

Hi Donna,

Thanks for article advising people that a no photo profile could reflect negatively on friends and colleagues. I hide any endorsement that does not include photo.

[Writer chose to remain anonymous]

This is an effective way to avoid showing tombstone profile “photos” in your endorsements. I suppose there’s a small risk of hurting someone’s feelings so, of course, use your judgment while remembering that it’s YOUR LinkedIn profile.

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