When Your Profile Picture Is Your Worst Enemy on LinkedIn… and You’re on the Vine

sand always If you’ve gossiped on Meetic-type websites, there’s something that’s definitely caught your attention: the profile photos that some people choose to ‘sell themselves’. Personally, what surprises me the most are those who pose in an affectionate attitude with a woman next to them. Maybe, I guess, they are his ex-partners? Didn’t they seriously have another picture? Are you ready to ‘misfortune’, right from the start, to be attractive to me? well, all that says you’ll spend a month after you start dating me, so bye, two-legged rat, who will sing Conchita from the neighbourhood. We also don’t talk about people getting drunk with Viking horns or uploading a picture of their first communion.

If metric profile photos are an inexhaustible source of sociological wonder, Linkedin does not lag behind. Finding a partner can be important, but being in the job market, don’t lag behind in relevance when it comes to finding one when you don’t have one. That’s why it’s so amazing to find them profile pictures A people in summer holidays, or so far from the camera You can’t figure out their features either Foggy or with his mother or cup in hand at night party or covering your face with your hand or talking on cell phone or in front of christmas tree or scared face or funeral or we don’t know from what face because it’s Backwards Or have not uploaded a photo directly and is invisible male/female.

Linkedin photos needed to get a job

It’s quite possible that none of these guys, with their great resumes behind them and their awesome profile photos in front of them, haven’t read report good That the social network has published about the weight of the LinkedIn profile picture (in the words of Snappr professional photography) – based on surveys of more than 200 HR professionals, entrepreneurs and managers – is your “21st century professional avatar”. experts) in their decisions about whether or not to hire someone. We are here most relevant, to your amazement and amazement if that:

Eight out of 10 respondents agreed that linkedin profile photo Helps a candidate get to know the person better And they think it’s an important ranking factor (crap, we’re off to a bad start). 96% believe it can produce the image confidence in the candidate In fact. “Linkedin Photos allows you to get to know that person a little bit more, it reflects aspects of their image and personal care,” he explains in this regard. Nuria Avila, Technology Advisory Director of Human Resources IN2.

things get ugly when we read that 71% of recruiters ha refused to a candidate linkedin profile photo At least once “notwithstanding having been duly qualified for the post.” And note: about four out of 10 (38%) do it “regularly”.

Marketing strategies specialist at LinkedIn Inge Saaz, Summarizes it with this simple equation: “What happens when someone uses linkedin search engine To find a suitable candidate? As a result, LinkedIn provides a list that includes only three sections: 1. Your name. 2. Your professional title. 3. Your photo. Based on these three information, your prospective customer or recruiter will decide to click on your profile to know more about you.”

Or knowing nothing anymore, of course. But, that is a consolation, they will be left with a slightly filthy soul, because here comes the paradox, with 78 per cent of the recruiters surveyed believe that candidates should be judged only on their skills.

Come on, 61% of recruiters are a mess, as they reject candidates for their appearance while at the same time believe that they should be judged only on their skills. What they lead, the study authors suspect, is something known in psychology: Halo effect.

What is the halo effect and why should you be afraid of it?

coined by American psychologist in 1920 Edward Lee Thorndike, Halo effect is one cognitive bias Which leads us to extend some features of the subject to the totality of the subject. Most classic: the Physical attraction It is more than studied, measured and acknowledged that when we consider a person attractive we also attribute to him other positive values: character, knowledge, ability… come on, what We generalize to positive quality. Said in the Beast: We tend to trust those who find us beautiful, those who look ugly, even though we think we don’t.

That is why the halo effect is so relevant in the human resource sector. The danger that recruiters are prone to is to perceive a positive trait in interviewers that leads them to overlook negative aspects, or vice versa. Because The halo effect also acts negatively. If someone feels rejected by your presence, they can generalize that rejection to your skills, your character… that beautiful people better carry it? Yes, although nothing new here. All you have to do is take a look at the survey conducted by the website jobatus.es among human resource professionals and where 86.1% admitted to noticing the body of the person interviewed.

Well begins that horrifying screen in your LinkedIn photo today. And, as the study by the social network shows, because of the happy halo effect, recruiters may “favour candidates who have an attractive appearance in their profile picture, in the belief that it is a good fit.” related to performance”. This is what one of the managers surveyed called “the power of the first impression” and which leads to the following: If there were two candidates with similar skills in front of them, a LinkedIn profile photo would be decisive for 41%; 13% are not sure whether it will happen or not.

Smile is the most important thing on LinkedIn

And when is the good news? Don’t panic. or if. Because it’s not really about being beautiful or ugly. You can actually be an eyesore and generate attractiveness and other positive values ​​that work in your favor, such as sympathy hey Security (Of course, if you go out with your arms crossed, what you’re conveying is the opposite; it’s the posture of someone who is hiding something, stingy and insecure). In fact, for 67% of employers who interviewed, it’s important that you express friendliness. And that can almost be achieved in only one way: smiling.

“You’re not smiling at all. A smile can do wonders for people’s perception of your picture, so give it a try! Yours leaves a gap between the top and bottom row of teeth. It’s your ability and Not good for assumptions about the effect. It raises the corners of the lips more. Among many other things, the analyst developed by Snappr.com tells me about my LinkedIn profile picture. That’s my ‘squinch’ Also criticizes (according to the prevailing theory that closing your eyes slightly makes you more attractive).

It’s been seen that what happens to me (I think I smile in my profile picture but actually I don’t) happens to a lot of people spanish peopleBecause according to LinkedIn stats, we live in conscience position 14 (Even Germany left behind!) in Smile frequency In our profile photo. The most smiling countries are America, Australia and Israel. Sisos’ prize goes to Romania. Perhaps they share the idea with Russians that if you smile it’s because you’re a lost idiot.

And they do wrong, because according to Nuria Avila, «the smile transmits Nice and lovely image. According to a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts, an argument made by a pleasant and likable person is more readily accepted by a human resources recruiter, even if he disagrees. We can say that everyone smiles in the same language. But, of course, everything is relative. An Undertaker or a model who smiles in their profile will always be suspicious…

Professional photos are on the rise on LinkedIn

dry grass other reason Why might a profile picture bother you when you’re looking for a job? linkedin study identified the following: 65% of those surveyed indicated that truthfulness important, and lack of personality It ranks fourth for the most common mistake in profile photos. What did we need We not only have to show our most attractive face and smile, but also look authentic and full of personality. And you will say: How do I do this? Using a Selfie While Dancing Rumba for Profile? Noah. Paradoxically, paying a professional to take your picture.

Actually, professionalism the image was 87 percent serious. “Overall, we found that the respondents selfie dislike, Filters and photos taken without cleaning,” he explains Adam Grusella who was in charge of the LinkedIn study. This excludes holiday, pixelated, informal images or where the face is not well seen (people posing from behind: leave it on now). In the heat of this new need, companies have proliferated, at least in part, specialized in photos for LinkedIn. what Ruben Campos in Madrid (60 euros), photo studio in Barcelona (from 75 euros), manu frais In Seville (30 euros)…

Judging by what’s seen (attractive, authentic, smile, that the photo is professional…), isn’t it more practical for successful professionals in our field to search LinkedIn and copy their (of course) successful photos? Will happen? “No, never”, Inge Saaz interrupts us, “the photo is too important to do this, it transmits a lot about us. Yes, I recommend that it be professional, after researching that we What do you want to transmit?

And finally, avoid mortal sin. As one of the managers interviewed for the study says: “I ignore any profile that doesn’t have a photo. If they haven’t taken five minutes to wear it, I can’t take them seriously.” ” Well, just like when you pose with your ex on Meetic!


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