Whether or not to include a photo on LinkedIn and other online profiles continues to be debated among career professionals.
My c-suite executive clients are typically over 50. They’re understandably concerned about ageism. A photo could indicate age and leave them open to discrimination.
Often, posting a fully completed LinkedIn profile is their first foray into online job search and career marketing . . . the first time they have considered putting a photo of themselves “out there” and exposing their image to the world.
If you’re like many of them, you worry that your LinkedIn photo may red-flag you for discrimination – age, weight, ethnic background, etc.
But think about this. NOT having a photo can be a red flag, too.
You may have reasons not to include a photo, but I encourage you to include one. The benefits far outweigh the pitfalls.
Find out why HAVING a photo on LinkedIn is important, in the post on my Executive Career Brand site, Does My LinkedIn Profile Really Need a Photo?
photo by nan palmero