Or does it?
In order to increase my chances of job search success, I knew I had to bolster my social media presence, particularly on LinkedIn. I created my LinkedIn profile a few years ago but did very little with it. I had maybe a dozen connections and virtually all were classmates from business school who reached out to me. In other words, I wasn’t too proactive about building my profile.
Over the past several months, that mindset has changed. I updated my profile, more than quadrupled my connections, and added a nice, conservative picture of me in my new suit. I have enjoyed this part of the process as it has enabled me to see what classmates and former work colleagues have been up to.
Speaking of which, I can’t help but notice the profile pictures. It is not lost on me that some, though not many, of my male friends have chosen family pictures as their profile pics. To date, I have not seen a single female friend do the same. Granted, most of my LinkedIn friends are finance colleagues so maybe this is common in other fields. Plus it’s not like I am in the 500+ connections club, nor am I a LinkedIn influencer, so I am dealing with a relatively small sample size.
I am not surprised. For whatever reason, even though we are now in 2015, women in finance are still afraid to talk about their families when it comes to the job search process. Men do not have this fear. On numerous occasions last year during MBA Dad’s job search, he came home from interviews and told me that he and the interviewer discussed their families freely. In fact, it was a mechanism to build rapport, “So, where did you take the kids this weekend, the aquarium, great! So your son plays indoor soccer, my little guy just made the travel team”. As for me, I cannot say the same. I would like to hope that things have changed. Did I mention that my last interview was back in 2006. Of course, the quandary I face is I may need to mention my family as part of addressing the gap in my resume. More on that later.
So, for now, the profile pic will remain conservative, black suit, confident smile and all. No kids, no husband.
What does your LinkedIn profile picture look like?
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