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Quick Hints for a More Professional LinkedIn Profile Photo

One of the most significant aspects of your LinkedIn profile is your professional profile photo.

Your profile photo appears in all LinkedIn and Google searches, and it allows you to engage with people on a more personal level.

Members who include a profile photo earn 21x more profile views and up to 36x more messages, according to LinkedIn.

People perceive you as more likable, competent, and influential if you grin in your profile photo, according to a survey of 800 profile images. People with open-mouth grins were twice as likable as those with closed-mouth smiles, according to the study, so smile big.

If you make the incorrect impression with a terrible LinkedIn profile photo, you won’t impress anyone – employers, managers, clients, and prospects.

Your goal is to submit a picture of oneself on LinkedIn that is happy, pleasant, and engaging.

It’s crucial to project a friendly and professional demeanor. Looking professional, however, does not necessitate a solemn demeanor. Instead of being intense, try to be honest and likable.

Make sure your LinkedIn profile photo is a 400-by-400-pixel high-resolution professional headshot.

Crop the photo such that your face fills the frame from the top of your shoulders to just above your head. You don’t need a full-body shot of yourself.

Make sure your photo’s background is simple — you can easily modify the background in Canva or other photo programs. Nothing should be able to deprive you of your rights.

Choose your attire carefully to project a professional impression. Unless you dress for work every day, you don’t need to wear a suit and tie any longer. In your LinkedIn profile photo, you should dress as if you were going to work. Colors that are simple and solid work best.

Your headshot should, of course, reflect who you are on a daily basis. That is, you now, not you ten years ago. Don’t be the person who looks different in real life or when viewed at a higher magnification — this can give people pause.

Here are a couple more LinkedIn photo no- no’s:

  • In your shot, don’t add a pet or a child.
  • Don’t use a vacation photo or a photo of yourself on a beach, golf course, or mountain.
  • You should never, ever, ever use a selfie.
  • Don’t put a photo of yourself in an automobile on social media.
  • Wear as little or no makeup as possible to appear as natural and professional as possible.
  • Wearing too much jewelry or wearing too much casual clothing is not a good idea.
  • Use a single photo instead of a group shot. (If you choose a group shot as your profile picture, people might not know who you are.)
  • Use a different photo from the one you used on Instagram or Facebook. Consider yourself a professional.
  • Use a photo that is not low-resolution or grainy.
  • Don’t use a photo of yourself that is more than five years old – remember, it’s fine if you are graying or losing your hair — your clients want to see the real you, the person with whom they engage on a daily basis. Your photo should be representative of how you seem on a daily basis (glasses, hair or no hair, etc.)
  • Wearing sunglasses or holding a drink is not a good idea (this goes for all photos on LinkedIn period)
  • Don’t use the profile photo box for anything other than a photo of yourself — not your company’s or charity’s logo, not a sunset – just you.
  • Don’t use a shot of your entire physique. Only your face should be visible in your profile photo.

Every two years, professionals recommended on getting a new headshot and taking several shots in various clothing to provide you options for posting on social media.

Even if your workplace does not provide headshots, getting a new one is simple. Many local photographers will take professional photos of you for a reasonable fee (use Google, Instagram, and word of mouth to find someone).

A good LinkedIn headshot is both possible and necessary for the platform. Remember that your LinkedIn profile photo is your brand, so put your best foot forward. Use these strategies to create a LinkedIn profile photo that is polished, professional, and highlights your greatest attributes.

You may see some alternatives here with Scarlett, my French bulldog puppy. Which one do you think would be the best for her LinkedIn profile picture?

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