How to Look Your Best for A Professional LinkedIn Profile Picture
Your LinkedIn profile picture plays an important role in determining how many visits your profile receives. Profiles with professional headshots normally receive 14 times more profile views. They are also 36 times more likely to get a message from other professionals as well. The type of picture you upload on your profile is one of the deciding factors for profile visits and views. Therefore, it is extremely crucial for you to look approachable and professional.
If you’re wondering what makes a good LinkedIn picture, you’ve come to the right place. Since LinkedIn is a professional recruitment platform, you should upload a picture that has a professional tone to it. For that, even if your headshot taken by a professional photographer, you must not think twice.
In this article, we share with you some tips that will help you look your best for a professional profile picture on LinkedIn.
1. Dress Code
For a potential employer to assume what kind of employee you are, they would look at all the elements of your profile picture. This includes the clothes you're wearing, which can make an impression on them. You have to make sure that you are not over or under-dressed. The attire you choose to wear depends on the job position and the industry you belong to.
For example, if you are an accountant, you must wear a formal shirt - or step it up with a suit. On the other hand, if you work at a startup that has a casual dress code, wearing a casual shirt would be sufficient. Dressing up a little or respecting the dress code of the companies you want to join shows that you're serious about working there.
2. Look Professional
There is a big difference between LinkedIn and other social sites where you change pictures at the drop of a hat. On LinkedIn, however, you have to maintain professionalism. When you are uploading a picture, make sure that it stays on the profile for a considerable amount of time. You should also look professional. This doesn't mean that you have to look super serious, which most of the time, ends up making people look angry. Smile a little and look confident.
3. Be Original
We know that you are not going to have a complete makeover before getting your picture clicked. But, you must ensure that your picture resembles how you look like in real life. For example, if you wear glasses, you should get a picture taken with your glasses on. Also, if you have a receding hairline, don't cover it. When you feel confident in your skin, it will show on your face as well and your picture will turn out to be more appealing.
4. Choose the Right Expression
As mentioned above, you have to look approachable and professional in your picture. This doesn't mean that you'd have to wear a wide grin. Try to look like someone with whom people can have a pleasant conversation.
The Final Word
These are some of the tips that can help you look your best for your LinkedIn profile picture. We hope that this guide proves helpful to you.
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Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.