I think that we have all seen people who have used bad tactics on LinkedIn. I have seen the people that have family photos as their profile picture, women that have very inappropriately sexy photos as their profile picture, ( unless you are a lingerie model , it’s not your professional profile is it?) or people that have NO information at all!
I once had a person apply to one of my positions who had such a bad profile that I had to set him straight :
Companies use LinkedIn to find quality candidates all the time . My honest advice to you is either fix your LinkedIn page or delete it. It will hinder your search. You need a picture. You need to think of this as an online resume; because essentially that it what it is. Put on your page what it is that you can do , all your skill, so that when people do a skill search you will pop up. If you have taken advanced classes , note them , so that you look more marketable.From a professional standpoint I would not want my clients to look you up at this point and have them see what looks like someone that appears to have 13 years experience but a degree from 1977. If you fix your page and indicate that you are looking for work and in what areas you want to live, Recruiters will find you, companies will find you, positions will find you. I do this everyday, believe me .
Below are some other examples of good ways to utilize the online community of LinkedIn wisely and effectively.