What Recruiters Really Think About Your Missing LinkedIn Photo

For years, job hunters have been told that their resume should arrive sans photo in order to avoid discrimination (either in their favor or against them).

Now, we’re being urged to provide a photo in order to be considered for a new job, all due to the new “normal” that is LinkedIn.

What happened? Well, it seems that the “social” part of social networking has become even more critical to your job search success.

As an example, LinkedIn Profiles have emerged as a part-professional, part-personal way to convey your brand—meaning that as a job hunter, you’ll benefit by responding to the age-old need to pair a face with a name.

After running a quick survey of recruiters who actively source candidates on LinkedIn, I found that the subject of Profiles that are “missing” a photo stirs some intense feelings. Continue reading