And with the market flooded with big layoffs from businesses hit hard by lockdowns (Uber, Airbnb, probably others), whatever jobs are available probably have more competition than usual. Although perhaps enough time has passed so that the dust has settled for people affected.
It's not discrimination, it's that the author lacks professional boundaries.
This person is advertising their priorities upfront. Startups might see it as a weakness. Established companies might see it as a sign of stability.
LinkedIn is a historical anomaly anyways. It's generally considered bad form to include any photo on a technical resume.
This varies culture by culture, in much of Asia it's standard to include a head/shoulders shot photo with a CV.
But I'm not a recruiter myself, so take that with a grain of salt.
Humans are naturally more inclined to feel a connection to people who are in their same group.
Right or wrong, that is how some societies are functioning.
Yes typically you wouldnt bring your child to your "real-world" interview but if I had parent struggling to find day care during interviews I'd be more than happy to accommodate (as long as it was legally ok etc). We are living in crazy times and to project the illusion that professionally everything is ok is disingenuous and highly unhealthy.
Anything to shrink the resume pile.
Putting you child into your profile picture is more akin to bringing it to the interview.
There are LinkedIn users who use it to just keep in contact with people they have worked with, don't accept recruiter contact requests and so forth (I am not one of those people, but I have seen their periodic articles on how they use LinkedIn, and also I know one guy who is basically like that - he has some recruiters but only the ones he actually worked with)
At any rate dependent on your job putting your child into your profile picture might not be a problem for the normally understood parameters of that job, as for me it wouldn't affect my view of the person's suitability for any position I can think of but then I tend to be more on the lax spectrum of social requirements and etiquette.
Also I am probably unique but I prefer keeping my work and home lives very seperate and wouldn't be that keen to work with someone who was so publicly looking to blur that boundary.
I don't understand what you mean here? You wouldn't want to work with someone who posts pictures of their children online?
This seems crazy to me.
When you're hiring someone all of the little details are amplified and things like this give you a window into their judgement.
I don’t remember the first lockdown subsiding in any meaningful way. Outdoor dining with household members, maybe? Seems like a marginal economic impact.
a really intelligent platform would include more important data, like smell
you can't tell how bad someone smells until they come in for the interview, that's where zoom is lacking
I used to work with someone who had such terrible breath that I would go out of my way to avoid communicating with them in person.
If my LinkedIn avatar is me and my friends hanging out, it doesn't communicate that I value work-life balance, it means I don't pick up on social norms.
I suspect it might filter out specific job offers - it would be interesting to know the offers that are left.
And please stop publicly posting other people online. You don't have that moral right.
Twitter and LinkedIn are productivity killers, both at home AND at the office contrary to kids. Plus well behaved kids can typically leave you alone for a 1-3 hours. People active on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc can barely have 5 minutes of sustained focus.
I think the point of this post was that they're trying to show that somebody who publicly demonstrates a commitment to their family, vs full time dedication to career, will be offered fewer senior roles.
But I see it from a different perspective. How would you feel as a 14 or 16 year old teenager someday in the future knowing that your parents had posted hundreds, or possibly thousands of photos of you from birth up to early teenage years all over the internet with no privacy precautions whatsoever?
I think at least some of us are fortunate enough to have grown up in the time period before widespread full-saturation use of camera phones, and parents who take pictures of literally everything and share it publicly as widely as possible.
If a company likes (or doesn't care) that you have a child in your photo (as in this instance), that is one step closer to a culture match. If they dislike it (legally or not), why even bother interviewing? Lots of companies out there -- and from there perspective, lots of employees.
In other words, assuming that what you share is important to you (your children, family status, opinions, blue hair color), and they like or see no conflict with it, steps are being made to form a long-lasting mutually-beneficial relationship.
Why go through the stress of pretending you're some clone of the way 'professional' imagery was touted in the 1950s-1980s (suit, shaved face, short hair, child-less, family-less, career accomplishments only) when you are clearly going to have to get to know your colleagues, spend 40+ hours a week with them (or on Zoom, sigh...), only to discover later that you are really the odd one out.
If we want to give lip service to 'diversity', it will only get us so far. Granted, every company is different, and every person is different. Putting a pic of one's children on LinkedIn may not be for everyone, but it's a solid move in my opinion.
In many of my workplaces, I've had to deal with dogs, hear about endless dog stories, see pictures of dogs on desks, and be 'forced' to pretend that dog memes are 'so cute' on Slack. Overtime, I've learned to just accept it. At first, it seemed weird and out of place at work (to me), but after ten years of it, I've become more tolerant about it. To dog people (you know who you are), their dogs are incredibly important to them. I may not ever want to own a small yapping dog, but I can appreciate more now that to those that do, it's a big part of their life. Near as I can tell, it enhances their life and doesn't detract from the quality and commitment of their work anymore than children do for dads and moms, or ultimate frisbee does for college students.
Let it go.
He didn't put a picture of himself wearing a Star Wars Resistance Pilot helmet on his head. Let's keep it in perspective. (Although if he had, I'd hire him on the spot).
Such photos are not public by default, and should stay private to you and the circle of your friends and relatives.
Results: interest from recruiters didn't drop at all, in fact, it increased (though I do not attribute it to the pic). However, a few recruiters specifically mentioned that they thought the pic was cool, and that alone was worth it.
Also, it isn't just recruiters from "hip tech startups" responding positively to it. I got hit up since then by a bunch of different places, including the usual FAANG, finance companies (Citadel/Two Sigma/etc.), tech startups, etc.
No one seems to have an issue with the profile pic, and I like it, so why not. And no, it wasn't intended as a humblebrag, a lot of people I know get hit up by recruiters in the same way, despite them having pretty standard pictures and not being some coding superstars. And I am not one either.