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 sixth of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.
6. Take a photo with the right expression
Your profile picture is an opportunity to convey your personal brand. So if you consider your brand a little more serious, it’s okay to look serious in your picture. But generally speaking, smiling can help make you look more approachable.
One study of 800 profile pictures found that people view you as more likable, competent, and influential if you smile in your pic. And smiles that show teeth were rated twice as likable as closed-mouth smiles.
Consider practicing in front of a mirror first to see which expression you like best. You don’t want to look uncomfortable, so do what feels natural to you.
If you’re In Perth, Western Australia, I’d be happy to help you achieve your best look