Tips for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo

Tips for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo - Job Search Advice from ResumeButterfly.com

 Your profile photo on LinkedIn is very important. Did you know that profiles with pictures attract 50-70 percent more inquiries than profiles without pictures?

Here are some tips for your LinkedIn photo:

  • Don’t use an old photo. There are few things worse than meeting someone for the first time and not recognizing them because the profile on their LinkedIn profile is from 10 years ago (or longer)!
  •  Use a photo of you in your profile — don’t use a photo of an object.
  •  Consider using a full body shot of you sitting or standing. At a minimum, your photo should include your head and shoulders, not just a close-up of your face.
  •  Smile! Radiate warmth and approachability in your photo.
  •  Photos should be professionally done, if possible (but not Glamour Shots).
  •  Wear your most complementary color. Bright colors can attract attention, but avoid patterns.
  •  Don’t have other people in your photos (and don’t crop other people out of your shot — there should not be any errant body parts in your LinkedIn photo!).
  •  Make sure the background in the photo isn’t distracting.
  •  Relax. Look directly at the camera.
  •  Take multiple shots and ask people their opinion on which one makes you seem most “approachable.”
  •  Tips for Men: Wear a dark blue or black dress shirt. No t-shirts or Hawaiian shirts. No busy or crazy patterns.
  •  Tips for Women: Wear something you feel comfortable in. No t-shirts. No big or busy patterns. Soft, dark v-necks look great. Black always works; avoid white. Remember to fix your hair and makeup.
  • Evaluate – what does your picture say about you? Is that what you want it to say?

Update your LinkedIn profile photo today!


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About Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is a resume writer and small business owner of Resume Butterfly, focused on transforming careers and resume makeovers. Before Resume Butterfly, Jessica was the Director of Career Services at a local college.
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