I collect a rogues gallery of really failed LinkedIn headshots. Yes, I am that type of LinkedIn geek.

A headshot should make it easy to recognize you, in a crowd, as you approach someone in a coffee shop, as someone speak to you on the phone so they can envision speaking to you in person (as you do the same), etc.

Not these; you will know why when you see them. If any is yours, sorry, but you need tough love:


The worst-absolute worst I ever saw was this:


Get a good headshot from a pro.

Get another one if yours no longer looks like you.

Don’t be generic–be a brand.

PS Shamed by this blog post, I am pleased to say the owner of the photo of the very pink-faced kid in the middle (probably taken at his Bar Mitzvah!) has updated his headshot to one from this century, a much improved version. Bravo (you know who you are)!

Marc W. Halpert

LinkedIn personal coach, group trainer, marketing strategist and overall evangelist, having a great time pursuing my passion of connecting professionals so they can collaborate better!

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