As a recruiter I spend quite a bit of time looking at people's profiles on LinkedIn. Of course I want to see what the potential candidates look like as well as what their experience is.
It's been proven over and over again that it only takes a fraction of a second to form an opinion of someone by just looking at a person's face.
There are so many ideas on how to chose a profile photo for your professional networking/social profile (personally, for my own profile picture I cropped a photo from a photo-shoot I did with my one-week-old baby because at that stage it was the most recent semi-professional photo I had of myself that looked like me) but what does the research say, what are the secrets behind choosing a great profile picture of yourself?
There are some good tips in the article below. Most of these ideas are common sense, but it is still worth a read (from my experience, whoever came up with a "common sense" phrase was a comedian, because common sense is not actually that common).
Numerous studies show that the more people look at each other, the more they like each other. This also holds true when looking at a photo of someone. People whose eyes were obstructed by sunglasses, hair, glare, or shadow in their photos received lower ratings across the board than participants who looked into the camera.