Is Your LinkedIn Photo Friendly and Charismatic?


By Lynne Williams

Pulchritudinous or picture-less YOU? That is the question! Did you know that you will get 21x more views on your LinkedIn profile with a photo than not? In addition, you will also get 36x more messages when you have a photo. Think of your photo as your curb appeal!

Although you can certainly invest in a professional quality photo (or have one taken for FREE at the Chester County Library 8 times a year when I teach LinkedIn workshops monthly on a Saturday), you are much better off having a picture on your profile than having the gray circle with a the center that looks more like a coat hanger than a profile outline.

Even if you do have a charismatic photo of yourself, you may not have the correct buttons checked on your public profile settings. As an example, my daughter used to work at Unionville High School and connected with other edtech colleagues. As a first level connection, she could see a colleague’s friendly smiling face. When I looked him up as a second level connection, I got the coat hanger. Why? Because he chose the wrong button on his public profile settings.

Here’s the link so you can check to make sure your profile photo visibility settings are set to public.

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Hope you will join the chapter meeting at the Spring City Free Public Library on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6 PM on “How to Make a Long Term Career Out of Temporary Jobs.” Join us on March 6, 2019 at 6 PM for “The Science of Story” with Geoffrey Klein, a TEDx speaker (who used to work for Seth Godin)! Since the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group runs over 400 events a year, join the Meetup to RSVP. Here’s is list with links of upcoming LinkedIn and other workshops and speaker events in addition to our daily Career Success Group meetings for job seekers!


Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing workforce development, career education, and networking. Contact Lynne by phone at 484-393-2951, on the web at, email at, on social media @GreatCareersPHL and connect on LinkedIn at

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