Posted on May 23, 2012


1. The “Linking” Dead:
The "Linking" Dead

I never thought I’d have to say this, but look ALIVE, people!  I recently came across a LinkedIn Profile Picture in which the LinkedIn member actually looked dead. I mean ghost white. Fixed grin. No pulse. I wasn’t sure if I was looking at a LinkedIn Profile or an ad for Johnny Depp’s new movie Dark Shadows.


2. Crazed and Confused:

Crazed and Confused

While it’s important to be undead in your LinkedIn Profile picture, it’s also important not to look certifiably insane. Case-in-point: laughing pictures. If you have a good, hearty cackle, odds are you look a bit terrifying when you do it (think Julia Roberts). Avoid LinkedIn Profile Pictures that make you look mad, maniacal, or medicated.


3. Monumental Mistakes:

Huge monuments in LinkedIn Profile pictures = monumental mistake

Suffering through a slideshow of your vacation is boring enough; don’t make me do it on LinkedIn too! Your LinkedIn Connections don’t want to play Where’s Waldo – choose a picture that focuses on you, not the Seattle Space Needle.


4. The Girl with the Cat Tattoo:

Pets in LinkedIn Profle Pictures

I know you love your cat, but people won’t take you seriously if you appear to be baptizing  or proselytizing to her in your LinkedIn Profile Picture (I say this because I’ve seen it). Enough said.


5. Hats off!:
Hats off!

Mark Zuckerberg caused quite a stir when he donned a hoodie to an investor meeting. While his affinity for sweat suits is no breaking news, his professionalism was called into question. You’re not a billionaire, so you can’t make this mistake and get the job or clients you want.

So here’s my rule: Absolutely no hats in LinkedIn Profile Pictures!!

Get a kick out of our bad LinkedIn Profile Picture examples? Be sure to check out Don’t Let Your Cat Take Your LinkedIn Profile Picture!



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