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About that LinkedIn profile pic...
I have a really good photo of myself that was taken about 20 years ago. Can I use it for my LinkedIn profile?
Like everything else, the answer to this one is “It depends.”
If you still look very much like the photo and not 20 years older, go ahead and use it. That would not apply to most of us, however. You don’t want to show up to the interview looking a lot older, or a lot different, from your LinkedIn profile picture. This also applies if you’ve gained or lost a lot of weight, colored your hair, etc.
An employer might view this action as kind of a bait-and-switch. If you’ve gained 50 pounds or 20 years or your hair has gone completely grey, they may wonder what else you’re hiding.
One LinkedIn user recently attended a LinkedIn seminar. She didn’t know the instructor, but found her on LinkedIn beforehand and connected with her. On the day of the seminar, she was in a room full of strangers, but immediately managed to identify the instructor. The instructor was also pleased to see a friendly, somewhat familiar face. It got the class off to a good start and provided a useful example.
It would probably be better to get another really good photo taken of yourself to use on your LinkedIn profile. Consider getting it done professionally, so the photographer can adjust the lighting and background (maybe even makeup) to make the most of what you have to offer. It will leave you with a lot less explaining to do.