In my opinion adding a photo to your LinkedIn profile is not a prerequisite for a good profile because the emphasis should be on your skills and not the way you look. I found it useful to add a photo to help me stand out but rather than just add the first picture that I came across I wanted to add something that looked presentable, clear and professional. So if you don’t have a picture that fulfils each of these criteria click the ‘skip’ button and get one done professionally and add it at a later stage.
The biggest advantage of having a picture is that it will help you to stand out among people with a similar profile who don’t have a picture.
Bear in mind that you also have an option to decide who sees your picture and from my point of view, I only wanted people within my network to see my picture.
When adding a picture to LinkedIn you will see this screen so you can either upload a picture now or choose to ‘skip this step’.
After you’ve completed this step by adding picture or not, LinkedIn will ask you to share your profile on Facebook and Twitter…. I strongly advise that you do not to share your profile on Twitter and Facebook just yet because it is incomplete and there’s a lot more detail to add so that it becomes recognisable to your connections on other social networks. So for the time being click the ‘No thanks’ hyperlink next to the Facebook share button.
Congratulations! You’ve now set up your basic LinkedIn profile and you’re now ready to start customising the profile and build it out with relevant keyword rich content that will help supercharge your job search.
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