If you’re not on LinkedIn, you should be. LinkedIn is the fastest growing social business and networking platform out there, and if you’re looking for a job, it’s where you need to be. LinkedIn allows you to upload your job history, spoken languages, skills, volunteer experience and organisations and causes you are about. In a nutshell, your LinkedIn page is your CV, and it’s online, for everyone to see.
What’s really important, and what we think many job seekers overlook, is the LinkedIn profile picture. We can’t stress this enough. In fact, a few months ago we published an article on how to take the perfect LinkedIn profile picture. If you’re still struggling with taking the perfect profile picture, we’ve found a really unique tool that analyses your photograph based on 3 critical factors.
Why is your photo so important?
Today, more and more recruiters and companies are hiring through social media platforms. That means they’re looking into your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook, even your Tumblr and Instagram. The line between personal and professional life is becoming a little hazy, but we’d rather be safe than sorry by making the right online impression.
Before looking over your previous experience, skills or anything else that may interest a recruiter, they’ll look at your picture. A photograph can tell a lot about a person; and when recruiters spend no more than 6 seconds reviewing your CV, your photo better beam only your best aspects!
This infographic by Donna Svei (a freelance writer who wrote an article for us on the top 100 skills you need to list on your CV), shows just how important your online profile photo is and what you can do to make it better.
Photofeeler: The Social Media Photo Guru
What is Photofeeler? Photofeeler is a free online service that generates feedback of your posted photos, and they use hard data, so you know you’re getting a truthful answer. (Hard data is information like numbers of facts that can be proved.) What’s great about Photofeeler is that actual users like you I, and most likely a few recruiting professionals, vote on your photos in the three criteria: competency, likability and influence.
The scores are determined by a comparison between other users. For example, if you score an 80% in Influence, this means your photo scored higher than 80% of other photos in the Photofeeler database.
How does it work? To get feedback on your own photos, you must also participate and rate other user photographs. If you’re short on time and don’t want to vote, by paying a fee you’ll be given a number of credits correspondent to how much money you’ve paid.
Users can also leave notes on photographs, suggesting photo improvements and advice to strengthen the profile photo. These user votes are then passed through the Photofeeler algorithms to ensure that you’re getting true and statistically accurate results.
We tried it out and here are our results.
Pretty cool idea, right? Though Photofeeler’s algorithms are still pending their patent, the research is sound and has been backed by groups such as Business Insider, Forbes and TIME. But among all this praise and media attention, one wonders, can it be true? Are my photos really being analysed by hard data or is this just a theory put into practice? After looking at our results, we do see some truth in these statements. But what about you? What are your thoughts on Photofeeler and other applications like this one?