I think it’s very important to have a photo attached to your LinkedIn profile; I won’t add anyone without one. Still, it can’t just be ANY photo. Sometimes I encounter someone whose photo is so casual and amateur-looking that I’d be shocked if anyone approached them with a job offer or network opportunity.
I’m not talking about a yoga instructor wearing workout gear, or an executive for an outdoors-themed company wearing khakis and a polo. That attire makes sense for those professions. I’m talking about badly lit images that are better suited to Instagram or Facebook than a professional networking site. Your photo should capture you as you would appear in the office, not at the bar on Friday night. Unless you’re a model, there’s no point in trying to look overtly sexual. Well groomed, neatly dressed, and presentable, yes. Sexy? No.
If you are looking for jobs that generally call for wearing suits, wear a suit. If you are applying for a magazine editor role at a fashion title, bust out the designer gear and get creative. If you are applying for a corporate office job, choose something tasteful and work-appropriate. Even adding a blazer to your everyday look helps make a big impact. Also, you can always settle for a headshot that doesn’t show off your full outfit if you have doubts about what you’re wearing.