A study says that having this feature on your LinkedIn profile could be the reason you’re not getting any jobs

9 May 2019

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand


Job hunting is hard, time-consuming and when it’s not going well it can be a total drain on your confidence.

But it turns out there might be teeny-tiny thing that may help you get the job you’re after.

A recent study has discovered that having a selfie on your LinkedIn profile could be stopping employers from taking you on.

The study carried out by Envirofone, surveyed 2,186 hiring managers – out of that number, 88% of them said that they felt selfies were unprofessional and 58% from the same group surveyed said they wouldn’t hire someone for that reason.

Richard Mavers of Envirofone said that “first impressions count and it’s easy to assume that showcasing your best self(ie) on LinkedIn will impress potential bosses. However, recent research revealed that job candidates who use selfies on professional networking sites don’t go down well with employers.”


Presumably you don’t want to dish out for a professional headshot either, but Mavers doesn’t think this is a problem, as long as you choose a pic that shows you looking reasonably professional.

“While a professional headshot is always advisable where possible, a selfie where you are dressed professionally is a good alternative, with 66% of respondents rating this as an acceptable option for a LinkedIn profile.”

Keep reading: How to create a LinkedIn profile that’ll actually land you a job

But that’s not the only thing the researchers discovered… The researchers found that 60% of employed check their candidate’s social media before concluding whether or not to employ them. Eeek.

“Previous research has shown that posts about drug use, discriminatory remarks, and bad mouth previous employers and colleagues, have resulted in otherwise ideal candidate being turned down for a job.”

Richard Mavers goes on to suggest that the best way to avoid being turned down for a job due to your social media, is to create two different profiles – one professional and one for social – just remember to keep the social one set to private.

But, of course, the best thing to do is not post anything that you may not want your boss, or future boss to see. Instead save it for your BFFs Messenger group chat.

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This article originally appeared on Grazia UK.

Words: Latifah Davis-Cole
Photos: Getty Images


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