You may need a few LinkedIn tips for photos and not even know it.
A lot of professionals are using an unprofessional picture for their LinkedIn profile and don't realize that it could be damaging their career. Are YOU projecting a bad message and hurting your career?
Your LinkedIn profile picture has more impact than you may know. It's the first thing viewers see and you only get one chance at making a first impression. A bad profile photo creates a negative impression, sometimes subconsciously.
Your LinkedIn Profile photo should be cropped as a square image and at least 400 x 400 pixels. That's about 51/2 inches at 72 ppi. Any smaller than that size may cause it to be blurry and unprofessional looking
It can be bigger that that and LinkedIn will automatically resize it smaller for you. It should be sharp once you upload it. If it doesn't look good then find another that is. It's very important.
Just employ a few simple photography tips and it can make all the difference in the world for you. I am amazed and sometimes I even cringe when I see some of the LinkedIn photos people use for their profile picture.
LinkedIn has well over
270,000,000 610,000,000 monthly (2019) users and membership grows literally by the second. Does your photo look like someone you would like to work with on a professional basis?
I won't provide you with any specific examples of bad profile photos from LinkedIn. Browse around on LinkedIn and you'll see them soon enough. It's not my intent to insult or belittle anybody by showing their photo, so I won't show any examples.
How does it make you feel about the person?
Having an out of focus, off-color, poorly lit, or badly posed picture for your profile photo shows a lack of commitment to professionalism. Video of some interesting LinkedIn statistics:
Most experts do not recommend using your high school or college graduation portrait for your LinkedIn profile picture. Even if you have permission form the photographer, and even though there is no copyright watermark.
It's better to choose a picture that shows you as ready to enter the workforce as a professional and not as a recent inexperienced student.
It can be tempting to take any old color photo and convert it to black and white for using on LinkedIn. That can be a mistake.
While it's true that black and white will eliminate any distracting colors in your picture, it's also true that it should be properly lit for black and white.
A black and white photo can make a great picture for your LinkedIn profile, but only if it really looks good as a black and white image.
You don't have to be a lighting master though to improve your LinkedIn photo if it's really bad to start with. Here is another tips for a good profile photos that's really easy to use. Find a location with a big window behind the camera or bright lights aimed at a wall behind the camera.
Professionally done, a quality photo creates a professional identity in the marketplace. It's the first thing a prospective employer or a potential customer will see.
5. BACKGROUND. Find a simple background, solid in color and neutral. Bright colors, stripes, patterns and lines are all distracting elements.
6. CROPPING. Crop your photo so that it is a head shot, not too close so that its only just a face, but not too far so that it shows much of your body. Smiles are more inviting than serious or stern facial expressions.
Here are the 5 most common mistakes people make with regard to their Linked-In profile photo.
Here is more on how a bad profile picture can really cost you: LinkedIn Photo Mistakes.
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