Men often ask us, do you wear a tie in your LinkedIn profile photo?
Our answer is that it depends on which job sector you work in.
You should definitely wear a tie if you are in the legal or financial sectors. Wearing a tie is traditional for professional businessmen, and if you are an accountant, solicitor or barrister, you are dealing with serious issues. Your clients come to you with legal problems and financial worries, so you need to appear like you take your profession seriously. So, do you need to wear a tie in your LinkedIn profile photo?
If you work in management or recruitment, the choice of whether you need to wear a tie in your LinkedIn profile photo is your call. Some people like to appear more relaxed and informal on their LinkedIn profile page, and others prefer to look serious and professional on their LinkedIn profile page. We think at the end of the day, it depends on your character. Your clients will know what kind of a person you are serious or light-hearted, so they will expect to see that in your LinkedIn profile photo.
If you work in social media or marketing, then here it is less likely that you need to wear a tie. This business sector is relatively new and trendy and the direct opposite of traditional. Here, men are expected to look trendy and much less traditional. When we first started offering LinkedIn profile photos at our 45 Beech St EC2Y 8AD studio and at clients’ London offices, 99% of men wore ties in their LinkedIn profile photos. Currently, approximately 50% who wear a tie.
So when men ask us, should I have a tie in my LinkedIn photo? Our first question is, what business sector do you work in?