10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip One

Your LinkedIn profile picture is an important  element of your LinkedIn presence. According to LinkedIn just having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others.

It’s best to have a headshot taken by a professional photographer. A photographer can ensure that the lighting is flattering and that you’re putting your best foot (or rather, face) forward.

Usually a photographer (like me) will help you with getting the right photo for your LinkedIn Profile but not always.

So here’s the first of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

1. Pick a photo that looks like you

It might sound obvious, but your photo should give everyone who may be looking at your profile a clear idea of what you’d look like if they met you tomorrow.

You’ve probably met someone whose social profile photo looks nothing like how they look now — maybe it’s a photo that was taken 10 years ago, before they started wearing glasses, or before they dyed their hair. It can be startling to meet them in person if you’ve only got that picture to go by, and it might even make you question their credibility.

So make sure your LinkedIn profile picture is up to date (within the past 12 months) and reflects how you look on a daily basis — your hair, glasses, makeup, and so on. If you do change your appearance drastically, consider having a fresh photo taken to keep your profile up to date.

If you’re In Perth, Western Australia, I’d be happy to help you achieve your best look


Published by Nick k

Director of Want a Headshot? Partner at katin images, a travel photography business.

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