Your photo is the first thing potential employers see when they look at your LinkedIn profile. While this may seem superficial, it is important to have a great looking image. According to LinkedIn, just having a photo makes your profile 14 times more likely to be looked at. You want to make sure you follow certain guidelines when selecting a photo too. You want to make sure it is clear, it looks like you, you are dressed appropriately, and you are conveying the right message with your expression, as well as your location. LinkedIn offers a great blog post with some suggestions for having a perfect profile pic.
All the same can be said for online dating profiles. If you are a member of Match.com, eHarmony or even Tinder, a great profile photo can speak volumes to potential matches. Like it or not decisions to swipe right or left are based on how you look. Just like landing a job, landing a date (or potential mate) starts with the perfect pic. Read eHarmony’s thoughts on profile pictures here.