An AvidCareerist reader sent me an intriguing LinkedIn message last week. He had read my post about LinkedIn pictures and discrimination and had a story I would file under “examples of age discrimination.”
Here’s His Message
I read your blog regarding LinkedIn used to discriminate and how important it is to have your picture on LinkedIn. I would like to connect with you about this. Let me know if you would be interested in speaking with me.
By the way, you’ll find I don’t currently have a picture.
John (not his real name)
His message made me curious so I looked at his LinkedIn profile. He’s an internal recruiter for a well-known organization. I messaged back and said I would be happy to talk.
Here’s His Story — Examples of Age Discrimination
A friend of his, a woman in her early 50s with a solid career history and gray hair, was applying for jobs and had not had any interviews.
He suggested she color her hair. She did and then she put up a new LinkedIn photo. Shortly after that (weeks, not months), she started getting interviews and landed a $125,000 a year job.
Someone at the hiring company did mention to her that she looks older in person than she does in her LinkedIn photo. However, it didn’t stop them from hiring her.
Moral of the Story
If you aren’t getting interviews, take a look at your LinkedIn profile photo and ask yourself if there’s anything about it that would cause a decision maker to discriminate against you.
If the answer is yes, then make the changes you can make (more here)!
Even better, make the fixes before you even start your job search — or now. Many decision-makers will look at your photo before they decide if they want to call you. Use it to make them say, “Yes, I want to call that person!”
Let’s Connect on LinkedIn
Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer.
The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.
Updated January 2019.
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