LinkedIn is all business when it comes to profile photos and I don’t mean that in a clever-yet-cheesy slogan kind of way, either. If you don’t have your crap together when uploading your profile pic, LinkedIn reserves the right to boot you straight to the curb after three strikes.
That’s why if you’re going to be on a professional social network like LinkedIn, you need to be serious about etiquette. Sloppy, awkward or immature profile photos have no place within LinkedIn’s digital walls. So if you want to put your best professional face forward, don’t be the guy or gal that gets caught with one of these awful snapshots:
1. The Substitute
This is one that can get you yanked like a bad weave and yet you’ve seen it a thousand times. We get it. Your kids are cute. Your dog loves Starbucks and your new Honda Civic looks so badass with those spinner rims from Canadian Tire. A LinkedIn account is supposed to be used for professionalism and as such, should have a business appropriate headshot. That is of course, unless you are indeed Lassie, Michelle Tanner, or Optimus Prime.