Quick tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile photo!
DON’T: BAD LIGHTING
DO: GOOD LIGHTING
According to research regarding specific types of profile photos that have the biggest impact on first impressions, you should “avoid too-dark photos or high color saturation and X-Pro and Valencia are best left to Instagram.” Researchers found that having a too-dark photo (one that mimics nighttime or a dark room) brought first impression scores down, as did very high color saturation.
DON’T: BUSY BACKGROUNDS
DO: KEEP IT SIMPLE
Busy backgrounds can take the attention away from you, so keep it simple (think neutral wall!) Also, make sure to crop the photo from the top of your shoulders to just above your head. According to the LinkedIn Talent Blog, “don’t be the guy that has a picture of himself on top of a distant mountain peak. It’s very cool that your outdoorsy, but I have no idea what you look like.”
DON’T: DUCK FACE/SELFIES
DO: SMILE AND GIVE FULL FACE
In addition to the above tip regarding cropping your photo, be wary of your angles and expressions. Selfie angles (think your Facebook profile picture circa 2007) are not professional. Keep the photo at eye level and remember to smile!
DON’T: CRAZY CLOTHES
DO: DRESS PROFESSIONALLY
Dress professionally and try to avoid busy patterns that may be distracting. Try browsing Pinterest or Instagram for work outfit inspiration.