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    Upgrading LinkedIn Photo...

    So my LinkedIn headshot it out of date and is just a mere candid.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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    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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    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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    Beards. The push-up bra for men.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hebrew Barrister View Post
    Beards. The push-up bra for men.


    That's great.

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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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