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.
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 monthly 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:
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. Find a simple background, solid in color and neutral. Bright colors, stripes, patterns and lines are all distracting elements.
6. 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 is more on how a bad profile picture can really cost you: LinkedIn Photo Mistakes. If you found these LinkedIn tips for photos valuable, you can make a tiny gesture, just a little thank you that will help this photography site continue on.
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