So, working in Talent Acquisition means looking at a LOT of Linkedin profiles, and - consequently- a lot of Linkedin profile pictures. Below is a non-exhaustive list of things I've actually seen! Please avoid these in your Linkedin profile pictures.
Your Wedding Picture: This isn't Facebook. And while it may have been the happiest day of your personal life, I'm interested in your professional life. Putting a wedding picture up there makes me think you may have some problems keeping your personal life, well...personal. TMI.
A Beach Picture: No one at work needs to see this. In one particular instance, a candidate had a picture of himself just out of the water. The body of water was cropped out of the picture, but he was just... sopping wet. I can't remember ANYTHING about his skill set. All I could think was "Why is he Wet? Is he a weatherman covering a hurricane?" Gross.
A Picture you Cut Someone Out of: This is bad. You can't use this picture. I want to focus on your profile, but it makes me SO curious. Who does this mystery shoulder belong to? Why did you cut them out? Either way, I can't focus on your experience when I see this picture. Curious.
A Cartoon: I hate these. Some people have clever animations. Maybe if you are an animator this is excusable, but you are not a cartoon. And this is not professional. Lame.
The Logo of your Favorite Sports Team: Oh, you like the Mariners? Great... Are you working for the Mariners? Or are you going to be leaving early to get to the stadium during post season? Either way, I don't care. I care if you can do your job. Not cool.
Up in the CLUB: Only if you are a 2nd year analyst at Goldman is this possibly intrinsically connected to your professional life. Otherwise, I'm thinking hangovers for a Monday morning all-hands meeting. Avoid.
Duckface Selfie: Let's avoid on all social media platforms. But specifically, I don't care about the fullness of your lips, I need to know if you can work in Docker in an AWS environment.
You and your baby: Ok, I get it, family first. But this is not professional. Save for Pinterest.
A poorly taken picture: It's the technology age, people, your phone is better than all of the cameras in the 20th century put together. Have a friend take a picture that is focused, well lit, the whole shebang. Effort, please.
Extreme Sports: Cool, bruh. Looks like you're turning all of your three day weekends into four day weekends. Avoid.
You in the Grocery Store: I've seen this more than once. I fully do not understand it. No comment.
No Picture: What else are you hiding?
So, give it a little thought, a little effort, a little point and shoot love, and put up a picture of you, in an professional environment, wearing something you might wear to work. Easy Peasy. Then we can focus on what matters-- your talent!