Profile Pictures are super important these days. You really need to look your best to get a foot in the door . . .
Funny Story, my first round at the Hartford Courant was in 2000. I was a younger gal straight out of Philly, wearing Brooks Brother suits and pearls. My ID Badge picture was the epitome of “uptight Preppy”. Fast forward to when I came back to TRONC in 2017, I was based at The Courant and they put the picture from 2000 on my ID badge. WTF?
I walked around for one year with the old me around the new me’s neck. Folks constantly asked to look at my picture. I admit I was a little mortified, because CLEARLY there were some changes.
In the span of time between 2000 and 2017 I had:
Become a Mom
Held positions at three different newspaper groups
Battled Breast Cancer
Lived in two homes
Welcomed three dogs, two Guinea Pigs into my home
Traveled to China, Mexico, the Caribbean and experienced many other things/events that made my life Juicy!!!
A LOT had changed! In this time I had become softer, more vulnerable, more confident. Having the “old me” hanging around my neck for the past year made me very happy and reminded me of the life that I had lived, and what still remains in front of me.
This is why I’m A Happy Girl and very excited about my future.
Now let’s talk about profile pictures . . . . should they look like you or not? Really! As a “woman of a certain age” I think we all need to be OK with being real, age is a gift worth celebrating! Hey should I use the picture above on my Linkedin Profile?
P.S. for those who don’t know me, the picture above is a goofy picture of me taken by my 11-year old daughter, you’ll find the real me below . . . .