Does Your LinkedIn Profile Picture Matter? This Survey Says Yes

LinkedIn has now become a crucial aspect of the job hunt for quite a few people out there. Building a solid profile on LinkedIn could very well be the thing that allows you to get the job of your dreams and slowly start to move up in the world, but with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that there might be certain aspects of your LinkedIn profile that you don’t really know the importance of.

For example, while a lot of people might want to think that looks really don’t matter all that much especially when you are trying to get a job, a recent survey conducted by Passport Photos Online seems to suggest otherwise. According to the findings that have been presented to the general populace within this survey, it appears that your physical appearance that you display through your LinkedIn profile picture can have a rather outsized impact on your overall chances of getting the job that you’re applying for.

Around 80% of the people that responded to this survey said that a profile picture was a key aspect of how they got to know someone or the other that was applying to a job that they may have posted about. Knowing a little bit about someone is crucial before you hire them, and a profile picture might end up communicating quite a bit about you that would not have otherwise been all that clear to begin with.

Another surprising thing in this survey is that 70% of the respondents said that they had previously denied a job to candidates in the past based on their profile picture. Chances are that other factors were involved in that decision as well, but suffice it to say that the profile picture had a role to play in that as well. Almost everyone that was surveyed, around 96% in total, said that seeing someone with a professional LinkedIn photo made them feel more confident about the candidate’s ability to do all of the things that would be required of them once they get the job, so this is something you should pay attention to.
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