There are no bad LinkedIn Pictures

Hiring managers are still biased with how names sound and will judge you by your LinkedIn photo

“There are no bad pictures; That’s just how your face looks sometimes.”

Abraham Lincoln

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In today’s email:

  • Job News: A good LinkedIn picture per day keeps the hiring manager’s at bay 📸

  • Overheard at coffee: Recruiters still interview candidates who apply to jobs 💁🏼‍♂️

  • Trending AI Tools: Outsource your tedious work for $1 per hour 😅

  • Hot Jobs: (keep scrolling down ⬇️)

  • Recruiting Fails: Slow hiring manager response time = bad news for recruiters

Job News

Last week,  a hiring manager declined a candidate because they needed a haircut and a shave from their LinkedIn profile picture. While the candidate’s picture looked fine for most organizations, this company is more formal. 

The candidate fits all the characteristics for the job, but not the LinkedIn appearance. If only this candidate would have gotten a haircut and beard trim for his LinkedIn picture, they would have gotten the interview.  I am still working with the client to ensure this candidate will get selected for an interview but the chances are slim…

This also happened with a different client when a woman who had a LinkedIn picture with the trendy dyed purple hair color. The hiring manager thought the candidate would deter clients because of the purple hair. 

I rarely need to defend a candidate’s hair style but sometimes you have to do what’s needed to get the job done. 

Hiring managers have biases and they find ways to judge and pick candidate’s apart. Do not let a sloppy LinkedIn photo be the reason. Judge people by the content of their work, not their hair style. 

In 2024, for most jobs, you don’t need to be in a suit or dress but at least get a haircut for that LinkedIn picture. Business in the photo, party in the background. Play the game until you get the job. 

Many times finance hiring managers can be the strict ones. A candidate being considered for a financial analyst type job doesn't need to look like a GQ model to crunch financial numbers, but as a candidate, assume people will judge you. 

My LinkedIn photo is from 10 years ago and I self rate my photo as a professional look. In reality, most days, I’m wearing a baseball cap while working.

People are quick to judge a LinkedIn photo. Make it look professional and let your results do the talking.

These are just a couple of examples of hiring biases. LinkedIn recently reported on a study where it showed that 100 of the nation’s biggest employers (car dealers and retailers struggle the most) where it found that equally qualified applicants presumed to be white on the basis of their name were contacted 9.5% more often than those presumed to be Black.

We can be better people.

Bad haircuts, purple hair, the sound of your name. Look at the resume and see past your bias.

Overheard at coffee ☕️

Be sure to spell check your resume…

On average a recruiter will spend 7.4 seconds scanning your resume, this means making sure your resume gets noticed is not easy.

I met with a candidate this morning who told me he got a job interview the old fashion way. He read the job posting and applied to the job with a well written resume and he got an interview with a recruiter. 

I hear terrible stories about recruiters, hiring managers and candidates but people are still writing their resumes and getting interviewed by companies. 

This means you need to write a good resume but then spend more of your time networking with people. There are hundreds of books to help you network but stick to the basics. Offer to help someone in your network with something and genuinely get to know them. You will be surprised what opportunities come up when you show hustle and help.

Don’t overthink your resume. Make sure it doesn’t have typos, if you have job hopped a few times, make it clear as to why you have made the moves, don’t lie on your resume (this happens more often than not) and be sure to have a professional email address. [email protected] just doesn’t look good. 

Recruiters still interview candidates who apply to jobs they are qualified for. Keep going. 

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Recruiting Fails: Hiring managers are slow to respond to feedback on the candidates that recruiter’s submit.

We have a President of a large company who wants executive level product candidates but is slow to find interview times to interview candidates. We currently have 7 top candidates waiting for her to interview candidates. This has been going on for 7+ days….

Too often a recruiter gets blamed for lack of follow-up but is often just waiting for a hiring manager to get done with their 1 week strategy session in Mexico. 

As a candidate, realize that you need to be patient, follow-up but know that jobs don’t get offered overnight. Don’t get upset, inquire and stay persistent. 

We find the bigger the company, the longer it takes. Hiring takes time.

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