The One Thing Missing From Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn profile photo tips from Wayne Breitbarth
LinkedIn profile photo tips from Wayne Breitbarth

With now more than 200 million members, LinkedIn has become a social media powerhouse -- and a vehicle for many job hunters. But merely creating a profile and posting your resume on the site won't result in offers of employment suddenly flowing in.

Experts say it's important to take at least one more step -- adding a photo. "People think that when they upload their resume, they're done," says Wayne Breitbarth, a social-media trainer and consultant. By adding a head shot, you can "bring a friendly identity" to your page. LinkedIn profiles without photos signal to many recruiters that a candidate isn't as credible as someone who's taken the time to create a fuller profile, he says.