Parents update their LinkedIn profile pictures to show how they look when working from home
A working mother has become an online hero after changing her professional LinkedIn profile picture to one of herself wearing a comfy sweatshirt while working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Lauren Griffiths, a 39-year-old human resources consultant in North Carolina, wrote a frank message why she replaced her glowing head shot with an image of herself in a sweater with barely dried hair, explaining that the latter better portrays her new reality.
The mother-of-three’s bold move not only went viral, but it also inspired others, many of whom are also parents, to swap their LinkedIn portraits with more candid photos of themselves.
Keep it real! Lauren Griffiths, 39, from North Carolina, changed her LinkedIn work photo to one of herself wearing a sweatshirt while working from home
Working mum: The new photo of the mother of three shows her without makeup and smiling from ear to ear while sporting tousled waves and a dark gray sweater
In Lauren’s previous profile pic, she wears a sharp black blazer over a striped button-up shirt. Her light blonde hair is cut in a sleek bob and she has a small smile looking at the camera.
It’s the kind of portrait people are used to seeing on the business and employment-focused social networking service.
Her new photo shows her without makeup and smiling from ear to ear while sporting tousled waves and a dark gray sweater.
In her post, titled “Why I Changed My LinkedIn Profile Picture,” she reflected on all the work that went into her original photo while explaining why she decided to change it.
“Recently, I took a long look at my LinkedIn profile picture – the woman looking at me had newly highlighted hair and a fresh cut, a pressed blazer, a hint of a smile that showed just the right amount of teeth to leave you I know she was serious but could be lighthearted when needed,” she wrote, recalling how she stood in her “power pose” while her husband took the photos.
Honest: In her viral post, Lauren explained that she is not the same person who posed for her professional profile picture in a pointy blazer with newly highlighted hair
New trend: Lauren’s bold move has inspired others, including Jennifer Beuth (pictured), to swap their LinkedIn portraits with more candid photos of themselves
“We went through about 80 shots before we found one that looked perfectly polished. But the person I was giving off then is not always who I am, and certainly not who I am right now,” she explained.
“Today’s distant world has blurred the lines between my professional and personal selves, so I chose to portray it in my photo.” Barely dried hair, comfy sweater, ripped jeans – a little tired from getting three kids ready for “school” – but smiling and ready for work.
Lauren thinks being authentic is more important than having the perfect photo.
“I’ve witnessed and read enough about authentic leadership to know that being authentic and vulnerable will get you much further in your career than a glowing portrait,” she concluded her post.
Since she shared it last week, it has received over 822,000 likes and 28,000 comments, with many praising her for being so honest.
Fresh face: “On a typical day, I now go to my ‘desk’ to catch up on a few emails before going for a run and back on Zoom,” wrote Courtney Kastelic, who swapped her photos
Say cheese! Will Christy thanked Lauren for the inspiration after he changed his photo to a photo of himself with his son. A typical day, I’m now driving back to my “office” to catch up on some emails before leaving run and get back to Zoom. Courtney Kastelic
Make a change: Tanya Ross said her ‘perfectly polished’ head shot doesn’t show she’s in right now
“There definitely seems to be a move towards more reliance on professional authenticity,” Graham Hills wrote. “We’re not all the sculpted and polished characters we’ve used before, we’re so much more and we should show off for sure.”
‘Yes!!!!! We need more of that!!!’ Hayley Adams insisted, while Samantha Boyle commented, “I love this photo and your message…Thank you for sharing.”
Others who saw Lauren’s photo were motivated to change theirs, sharing their before and after COVID-19 snaps on LinkedIn.
Jennifer Beuth said Lauren’s new photo made her wonder if her profile picture accurately reflected who she was as a working mom.
‘The old profile picture is contrived and refined. The new profile picture shows me on my way to a client, having already dressed our two daughters in the morning and brought them to kindergarten. It has been unedited, was taken spontaneously and shows me in the way I am often seen,’ she wrote.
“I like both photos, but at the same time I think the new photo is more authentic, and that’s exactly what I want to be: authentic.”
Will Christy thanked Lauren for the inspiration after changing his photo to a photo of him with his son.
“Last time I was ready for work, perfect Windsor knot, power tie and not a wrinkle in sight was probably for this picture,” he wrote of his profile picture. original.
All smiles: Petra Krištof thanked Lauren for the inspiration, sharing that she took her new profile picture in her home office
Then and now: ‘Different times call for a different profile picture,’ wrote Meirav Rosenberg
For everyone: Not all people who have changed their profile pictures are parents. Silvia Autuori said she updated her photo just because Lauren’s post resonated with her
“As soon as I received the file, before I uploaded it, I was so excited to edit it just a little bit more to make it even a little neater. That’s not who I am. Not even close, he admitted.
“In today’s distant world, no one cares about a headshot. I chose to picture myself here: shave every other day, polo shirt and jeans, some sort of mask on/hanging something part, and especially one of my two amazing children who join almost every conference call without fail.
“Fortunately, being authentic has gotten me farther in much louder sales calls recently than my $29 pic,” he added.
And not everyone who changed their profile pictures is a parent. Silvia Autuori said she updated her photo simply because Lauren’s post resonated with her.
“I can’t share her experience as a mother, but I can share that feeling of ‘being authentic and vulnerable’ because that’s exactly me right now, working from home and taking care of all my stuff.” , she wrote.
‘Yes, Lawrence. I am okay. Being like that “will take you much further in your career than a brilliant headshot”.