Whether you are new to the working world or are well acquainted with it, having a professional profile picture for your LinkedIn account is extremely important. Not only are you representing yourself online, but you are representing your new employer. Here are a few guidelines for putting your best face forward on LinkedIn.
- Don’t overthink it.
Having a profile picture plays an important part in getting an opportunity in the first place. Therefore, no photo is worse than a bad photo. Don’t fuss over the perfect pic – you may never have it.
- Lose the third cheek.
Sometimes photos are posted with the cheek of a significant other, cropped (unsuccessfully) out of the photo. Maybe you two should spend some time apart.
- Choose your props carefully.
I have seen a LinkedIn photo of a person who is an advocate for animals holding a baby. I have seen a photo of a person who is an advocate for children holding a dog. Match your professional photo with your line of work.
- Dress like you mean business.
Business casual is fine, but save the swimsuit photos for Facebook. Ditto for the wedding dress. (“Join my professional network…but I’ll be thinking about my wedding.”)
- Head shot or full body?
Some people look minuscule in an effort to show a great background or set a scene. Nothing wrong with that. My friend, a veterinary specialist at a university, is pictured with cows in her LinkedIn photo. It’s awesome.
What else does your photo say? Smiling: friendly, approachable. Unsmiling: solemn, serious. Big grin: sassy. Posed: professional. Selfie: on the move. Black and white photos: retro-hip. Tilted at a diagonal: confident, a little cocky. Let your LinkedIn photo reflect who you are professionally…and where you are going.
Article courtesy of: www.cultureandmanners.com
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