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I notice that more than 50% of us who joined this discussion to date don't have a profile picture. Remembering my comments from the webinar ... would you walk into a networking event with a brown paper bag on your head ... I'd love to hear your thoughts on the advantage(s) of NOT having a profile picture. 

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Topic Expert
John Kogan
Title: CEO/CFO
Company: Proformative, Inc.
(CEO/CFO, Proformative, Inc.) |

I could not agree more. The simple act of having a photo on your profile immediately connects you with the reader.

John Harig
Title: Management Consultant, Interim Assignmen..
Company: Self Employed
(Management Consultant, Interim Assignments, Self Employed) |

Perhaps it would be helpful to go through the steps of how to accomplish this!

Larry Ernst
Title: Controller
Company: VFS Fire & Security Services
(Controller, VFS Fire & Security Services) |

Cindy, what are your thoughts on this? Other group members?

Michael Scherbourg
Title: CFO
Company: Miklan Manufacturing
(CFO, Miklan Manufacturing) |

I have to say business attire. This is not a social network, it is a professional community. For a variety of reasons i can think of you would want to put your most professional foot forward. I just don't see a downside, whether it is professional acquaintances or recruiters finding you here, you can't go wrong. Just my $.02, I'll respect you either way :).

Topic Expert
Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

It's a great question, Larry. While "most" of the time I would agree with Michael, I think the more appropriate question is "how does your profile pic fit with your brand"? For example, if you are a CFO of a Fortune company, undoubtedly you would lean towards a professional photo. However, I know a Fortune CFO who is an avid biker. The discipline, commitment, and athleticism that come with long-distance bike racing are a big part of his overall brand. He alternates between the professional pic and biking pics, and it works perfectly for him.

Even when candidates are in the midst of a job search, a branded photo can work to his favor because "culture fit" is the most difficult piece of the hiring process. The branded photo helps the recruiter understand - almost immediately - that there's a better chance that you would fit into the company culture, and that gives you a huge leg up in the interview process.

Jan Spiegel
Title: Owner
Company: Your Bookkeeping Matters, current
(Owner, Your Bookkeeping Matters, current) |

Hi all - I am a bit late for this discussion, but I agree with Michael S and Cindy- the picture should be "professional" business attire - this is a business forum. When I first joined LinkedIn, I mentioned to some of my friends/contacts that I need to take a professional picture to post. They thought a professional photographer - I said "no, a professional looking picture, with suit etc. Since I am looking to use this website for networking etc, I want to look professional, not casual as if I am on vacation."

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