As A Job Seeker, Should I Post My Picture On LinkedIn?

People wonder if posting a picture is an advantage or not. Some are skeptical about it literally presenting the wrong image. Common issues that arise during the “to post or not to post” debate are:

> MATURE:

“If they see how old I am, they’ll never hire me.”

“They’ll project that they cannot afford me because I am seasoned.”

“They’ll think I can’t fit in with younger workers.”

> WOMEN:

“This feels too much like a dating service.”

“I want to be hired for my accomplishments, not my looks.”

“They won’t hire because I am _______.”

> MINORITIES:

“I want to be hired for my accomplishments, not because I fill a diversity need.”

“They won’t hire because I am _______.”

“Employers fear claims of discrimination if there are issues with performance, promotion or termination.”

All of the concerns indicated are valid to the person expressing them. That we need to be considering these things at all is the real issue. Given that these concerns do exist, what’s the answer to the title question, “As A Job Seeker, Should I Post My Picture On LinkedIn?” The answer is yes and here’s why:

You use LinkedIn because it is the #1 online professional networking medium. It is a place for you to express your talents, accomplishments and visions, and market your skills, services and ideas to millions of people around the world. This provides you access to professionals in every field, gives you a front row seat to discussions with experts and is invaluable to those in a job search.

Did you know that 80% of people in charge of screening applicants go online to do preliminary research about applicants? They Google you, check your Facebook page, your Twitter account and your LinkedIn profile.

If your picture is posted and there is any discriminatory tendency lurking in the practices of the hiring company, you will be eliminated for, perhaps, one of the reasons listed above. It may be hard to believe that this is actually a good thing. Why? First, would you want to work for a company or manager that has that bias?

Second, if you are asked to come in for an interview and you did not post a photo, they will see you in person and then you may face an uncomfortable situation. If you have ever met someone whose prejudice (of whatever you are) reads very clearly in their expression, you know how it makes you feel. Had you known what their prejudices were, you would not have pursued the opportunity. Had you had your picture posted, you may not have been invited for an interview. Either way, the uncomfortable situation would not have taken place.

You can avoid that kind of experience by eliminating the opportunity to encounter people who foster that sort of discrimination. Save yourself the trauma of meeting yet another person who isn’t part of the globally-tolerant community. If someone doesn’t choose you because of what your picture says to them, it’s their loss in so many ways.

Post your picture. Be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. There is an employer out there who will be delighted to have you in their organization.

Source by RL Stevens