There has been some heated discussion this morning on a LinkedIn Group Discussion Forum that I belong to concerning this topic of displaying your profile picture (I hope you’ve also been maximizing your LinkedIn Group membership!). One of the Group members attended a LinkedIn seminar where the presenter said that those in transition should NOT include their picture as part of their profile, the reason being that it would be an Equal Opportunity violation if a recruiter selects you after seeing what you look like. Furthermore, the presenter went on to say that most recruiters actually restrict their search to candidates that don’t have photos.
I have been contacted by recruiters on LinkedIn on several occasions over the last year for potential positions which proves the theory wrong, unless these recruiters were not being “careful”. Did you know if you google someone’s name, and they had added their photo to their Google Profile, that the photo will show up in the search results? Does that automatically disqualify this candidate? I tend not to think so… (you can google my name and see an example of this at the bottom of the search results page)
Now I could be wrong since I am not in the field of HR, so it would be great to get a lot of recruiter’s opinions on the subject. Please feel free to comment and give us all more insight!