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    So my LinkedIn headshot it out of date and is just a mere candid. I booked a photographer for a professional shoot with editing afterwards.

    My question: Beard or no beard for this new photo?

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    How often do you wear a beard? Is it a normal thing or a rarity. Ideally you want your photo to match when you’ll meet people for interviews, networking and/or conferences. Sort of hard to tell without a photo of you to compare. Normally I’d opt for clean shaven.

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    • #3
      There's a lot of "it depends" in a question like this. Beards invariably make one look older; is that a good thing for your age/apparent age, position, experience level? Do you work in a conservative industry, or one where personality is an asset?

      Then there's the beard itself. Perhaps even more than hairdos, beards can say a lot. Full, patchy, bushy, stubble, fancifull, over-shaped, or ragged? Also keep in mind that the photos won't always be high resolution or large enough to see detail, so a beard may not translate well to images. Someone with a copper-and-brown beard may end up looking like he's graying, and a full beard can end up looking patchy if close in shade to the skin.

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      • #4
        No beard.

        I generally grow a beard during the winter months and then shave it off during the summers. But when I was interviewing for jobs/positions most recently, the interviews were all in October/November/December. So off went the beard.

        I just remember what a friend of mine said who works for boarder services. "People with beards seems like they have something to hide. Almost like they are running away from something. I always questions them more."

        Anyway, just my $0.05.

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        • #5
          Beards. The push-up bra for men.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hebrew Barrister View Post
            Beards. The push-up bra for men.


            That's great.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DocDave View Post
              No beard.

              I generally grow a beard during the winter months and then shave it off during the summers. But when I was interviewing for jobs/positions most recently, the interviews were all in October/November/December. So off went the beard.

              I just remember what a friend of mine said who works for boarder services. "People with beards seems like they have something to hide. Almost like they are running away from something. I always questions them more."

              Anyway, just my $0.05.
              Honestly, this seems kind of crazy given that at least 20-30% of men have beards. FWIW I've literally never heard of anyone shaving off a beard for an interview or for professional reasons at all. I would just make sure you look the same in the picture as you do in real life; if you're clean-shaven in your pictures but have a beard IRL, that seems like a much bigger issue.

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              • #8
                FYI, stubble is more universally attractive than either clean shaven or full beard.

                Like others stated, go with how you normally look, and if you do decide to grow a beard or stubble make sure you actually can (i.e. you don't have patchy facial hair).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tacitus View Post
                  Honestly, this seems kind of crazy given that at least 20-30% of men have beards. FWIW I've literally never heard of anyone shaving off a beard for an interview or for professional reasons at all. I would just make sure you look the same in the picture as you do in real life; if you're clean-shaven in your pictures but have a beard IRL, that seems like a much bigger issue.
                  Agreed. Maybe I'm biased because I have a beard, but trying to draw a correlation between ones character and ones facial hair seems absurd. It also seems like something that's never happened to me.

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                  • #10
                    linked in is a crappy marketing system that sends you ads and ads and ads for days. it's such a shit show.

                    don't join.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by evanparker View Post
                      linked in is a crappy marketing system that sends you ads and ads and ads for days. it's such a shit show.

                      don't join.
                      I'll have to disagree with this. I've recently migrated with my wife from Asia to North America, and LinkedIn is pretty much the only way to start a professional network from scratch. We've tried applying through company websites, job fairs, connecting with recruiters, but we both ultimately got our jobs through LinkedIn contacts. Also, I don't get any ads from LinkedIn.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                        I just remember what a friend of mine said who works for boarder services. "People with beards seems like they have something to hide. Almost like they are running away from something. I always questions them more."
                        That's what we refer to as "finding any excuse to go on a fishing expedition" kind of like getting pulled over for "your taillight is out" or even better "your license plate isn't properly illuminated". Then they decide (whether accurate or not) that they "detect the smell of alcohol/marijuana/whatever" and now you get to dance little monkey.


                        OP, another vote for the photo reflecting what you look like MOST of the time.

                        When I finally retire from the .mil, I'll be growing a beard for several months just because I finally can. :P
                        https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by evanparker View Post
                          linked in is a crappy marketing system that sends you ads and ads and ads for days. it's such a shit show.

                          don't join.
                          it's also a great networking tool for foreign intel services to find people to try and compromise to force them into becoming an unwitting agent.
                          https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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