Something to think about over the weekend: the quality of your LinkedIn photo. Scroll down your LinkedIn feed. It won't take long to find very poor and inappropriate images used as profile photos. Think about the kind of impression you're making. A bad photo can be very costly: you might get passed over for a job or lose business to a competitor. You have just a moment to make a positive impression as someone scrolls down their feed or decides to respond to your request to connect.
Here are a few examples. From the left: posting a photo with more than one person in the photo. Strange. Who is that woman? His wife? Girlfriend (uh oh)? Eyes are the windows to the soul so what's with the sunglasses and what is this guy trying to hide? Next image: cartoon figure with a big head and a tiny body. Can we take this man seriously? Third image: extremely poor quality photo probably taken at church or at a wedding, cropped from a group shot. Blue background...ish! Final image on the right: NO PHOTO! Perhaps the worst. This communicates that this person doesn't want you to know anything about them or just doesn't care if you connect with them. What are you doing on LinkedIn then??
Above from the left: Very dated background. I believe my kids were photographed on this type of background in the 1980's. Second photo: poorly colored and on a terrible background. I believe this photo may have been provided to the subject in the wrong color space. Third photo: couch potato? I'm guessing not but the couch is the dominant feature in this photo with a tiny little person pictured. Final photo on the right: probably a selfie. Again, very poorly exposed, unflattering angle.
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