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A fictitious LinkedIn profile that highlights the importance of making a good first impression

If you thought just being on LinkedIn was good enough then think again. Just having a LinkedIn profile is essentially the bare minimum. In fact, just being on LinkedIn and not actually taking advantage of its features could be hindering your ability to get a job/internship as opposed to helping you.

This is what said in one of their most recent articles discussing LinkedIn:

Your LinkedIn profile represents your professional image on the Internet and can be found through searches on LinkedIn or search engines. When people search the Internet for your name, your LinkedIn profile will most likely be one of the top search results, so you want to make a great first impression.

It's very important to use a professional picture in your LinkedIn profile. First impressions are very important and people will judge you within a few seconds when they see your LinkedIn profile. Save your casual pictures for Facebook and Twitter.

And here is what NBC Chicago had to say about LinkedIn profile pictures:

As the headshot has escalated in importance, special attention ought to be paid to the selection of your pose, wardrobe and facial expression. A thoughtful, pleasing portrait instantaneously enhances you, pulls people in and motivates them to learn more about you. A poorly composed, pixilated or unflattering photo will quickly deflate visitors to your page. No image whatsoever is a deal-breaker.

So now that you know the importance of having a good LinkedIn profile photo you should be asking yourself one important question, "Is your LinkedIn profile picture holding you back from getting a job/internship?"

If your answer is "yes" (or "maybe") come join us at our Professional LinkedIn Picture Night on Tuesday, 1/22 from 5-6:30pm at The Career Center - 3200 Student Activities Building.

Stop by and have your professional headshot taken, to use on your LinkedIn Profile. The photo session is free and your headshot will be made available to download and use for your professional online image!

Photo session offered by Longhi Photo (

Photo credit: Espen Faugstad / CC BY 2.0