Only the people creeping your profile are your current and future investors, employees, customers and colleagues.And, yes, just like on dating sites, first impressions mean everything.Like it or not, people will harshly judge you by how slick your profile appears.
You might also dent your reputation and scare off business.
Here we take a look at three common Linked In profile blunders and how you can avoid them -- or fix them immediately if you've already gone there.
Having an unprofessional or awkward profile picture. If your profile picture is of your labradoodle, you're not doing your personal brand any favors.
That is unless you're a dog walker or a veterinarian. Perhaps the worst Linked In profile pic faux pas is failing to post one at all. Not showing your face sells your personal brand short and even can make you appear sketchy.
Also not quite professional enough for Linked In are images of your kids, gaming avatars and superheroes. Related: What You Need to Do on Linked In, Even if You're Not Looking for a Job (Infographic) Solution: Post a headshot of yourself that draws people in.
Put your best face forward with a crisp, high-resolution headshot that looks close to how you look right now.
Throwback Thursday high school yearbook shots not welcome.
Also, don't use your company logo for your personal profile page. Don't dampen your personal brand by posting an out-of-focus selfie snapped with your Droid.
Invest in a top-notch, professionally taken mug shot -- one that you look friendly and approachable in.