10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip No Ten

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 last one of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

10. Use filters wisely

LinkedIn now offers six filters that you can apply to your profile picture, each of which will give your photo a slightly different look and feel. Think carefully about what kind of mood you want to convey, and don’t be afraid to play around to see which filter looks best. The Spotlight and Classic filters, for example, can make your image look more polished and sharp.

If you don’t want to apply a filter, you can still adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, and vignette of the photo directly on LinkedIn — so you don’t need to learn Photoshop to make a few subtle tweaks.

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10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip No Nine

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 ninth of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

9. Have the photo taken in soft, natural light

Lighting can completely change the look and feel of your photo. Standing beneath harsh fluorescent lighting can change the tint of your pictures and create shadows on your face, while using a camera flash may make your skin look shiny. Natural light usually produces the best effect, but direct sunlight can make pictures look blown out.

Try taking your picture outside on an overcast day, in a slightly shady area (anywhere that’s out of direct sunlight), or when the sun is setting to help to soften the light. You can also stand inside using the light from a nearby window to illuminate your face and give your skin a natural-looking glow. Avoid standing with your back to the window, as this will make it harder to see your face.

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10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip No Eight

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 no eight of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

8. Wear what you’d wear to work

Every workplace has a different vibe when it comes to the dress code, and your profile picture can help people get a feel for that vibe right away. You don’t want to be over or underdressed.

If you wear Jeans and a Polo T-shirt most days, it’s okay to wear that outfit in your pic — likewise if you wear a suit.  And if you work from home most days, try wearing clothes that match the dressiness of the company as a whole.

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10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip No Seven

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 no seven of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

7. Avoid distracting backgrounds

Where you take your picture matters. You don’t want anything to distract from your face, so a simple background can help ensure that you’re the focal point.

That’s not to say you have to be standing in a white, empty space. Taking the picture outside in nature or against a painted wall can keep things simple without being boring. If you want to showcase cool details of where you work, though, that might be better for your banner image.

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10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip No Six

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.

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10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip no Five

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 fifth of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

5. Get someone else to take the picture for you if you’re not using a photographer

While it’s fine to use a photo taken with a cellphone, it’s probably best to steer clear of a selfie. Ask a friend or coworker to take it for you — it only takes a minute and it can make a big difference.

For one thing, the front (selfie) camera on most phones produces a lower-quality image than the rear camera. Depending on your phone settings, it may also produce a mirror image, which can cause any words or logos to appear backwards.

Plus, by getting someone else to take the picture for you, you’ll probably find that your pose is more natural and comfortable. They might also help to direct you a bit, like telling you to tilt your head slightly or tuck your hair behind your ears.

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

10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip no Four

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 fourth of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

4. Be the only person in the picture

It’s great to show that you love your team. But if you use a group photo as your profile pic, any one looking may be unsure which person is you.

To leave candidates with no doubt about what you look like, choose a solo photo for your profile pic. Cropping a group photo isn’t the best solution, since you might see a random hand or shoulder popping into the frame. If you do want to include a team picture on your profile, you could use this for your banner picture instead.

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10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip no Three

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 third of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

3. Make sure your face takes up at least 60% of the frame

Using a picture of yourself standing atop a distant mountain peak works well for some social media platforms, but it’s not ideal for a business orientated platform.

Instead, aim to have your face filling about 60% of the space. Crop the picture from the top of your shoulders to just above your head so that your face fills the frame.

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

10 Tips to Have a Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture Tip Two

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 second of 10 Tips to make sure you’re getting what you need to make an impact on LinkedIn.

2. Use a high-resolution image

The ideal size for your LinkedIn profile picture is 400 x 400 pixels. Larger file sizes are also fine (although 8MB is the max), but try to avoid small, low-resolution images.

If the picture looks a bit blurry when you upload it, you may want to change it or have it retaken.

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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

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