@Pierre, what do you think about having your pic appear in your email ... every email? That seems to be the trend with many of my colleagues, and I have not bought into it. I can't imagine anyone wanting to see my face 5-10 times a day on their computers. I mean, look at me!
>>Quick aside - I have never understood why someone takes a pic of themselves in a bathroom mirror or behind the wheel of a car. Unless you are a mirror manufacturer or a car salesman, neither is a great look.
I guess you are unaware of the magical power of 80s bathroom wallpaper? Prospective employers, dates, friends (etc) see it and they are instantly attracted to you!
I also think Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook have energize the status of a photo. It's now important where it has not been before. But we have so many ways of capturing a photograph now versus the past. Just like data, we are learning to manage of images of ourselves in ways once unimaginable.
Broadway, you're probably right. I think photographers have a challenge with the advent of cameras in the smartphone. People do not have an eye for a photo the way a photographer would, no matter how many pics are taken, tagged, and tweeted. That creativity can be a differentiator. I've seen a photographer do jump shots of subjects - definately an eye catcher.
Plus the idea of a photo for a job seems like such a small detail. If anyone had told me take a pic with a resume 20 years ago, I would have probably skipped the idea. But as Tricia pointed out it is a detail that makes a difference.
@Pierre, that's funny. Now that you mention it, I have found myself looking at people's self-photos in their bathroom mirrors and thinking, "Wow, that's a nice mirror. I wonder where I can get one!?" Lol.
Speaking of having a photographer take your headshot (good idea, btw), I have a few photographers I'm connected to on LinkedIn, and they tend to have the zaniest professional headshots of themselves. I guess they need to demonstrate their creative side??
HIPAA is supposed to protect the privacy of your medical information, but the sale of anonymized medical data and advances in analytics have made it possible for organizations to re-link your name to your private records.