Last Updated Dec 10, 2010 3:00 PM EST
I'm basing this on an e-mail pitch I just received from a PR flack. Because I installed the awesome Outlook Social Connector a while back, I now see each sender's Facebook or LinkedIn profile photo just below their e-mail.
The flack was writing to pitch a new VoIP service, which normally would be of some interest. But his profile photo -- unshaven, reclining on a couch, wearing a ratty t-shirt -- made him look so unprofessional, I had a hard time taking the pitch seriously.
The thing is, he probably didn't know his Facebook pic would show up in my inbox -- but that's his mistake.
Don't let it be yours. Always assume that any social-network photo of you can and will be viewed by your potential employer, your current employer, your clients, the blogger you're pitching, and so on. You probably dress like a million bucks for work, so don't look like a slob on the Internet.
Recipe for the perfect profile photo: a simple, well-lit headshot of you wearing a smile and something dressy. Anything else and you could jeopardize a sale, a promotion, or even a job.
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