Is Your LinkedIn Profile Picture Setting You Up for Failure?



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As the popular adage goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but we live in a world where looks are important.

 

Well, the truth is, we all judge people from their appearance and the trend will continue by our future employers too. So, having a professional LinkedIn profile picture is crucial.

 

Let’s first look at the LinkedIn don’t so that you can better understand what you SHOULD do. I may seem to be regurgitating common sense but trust me inappropriate LinkedIn pictures are very common.

 

Firstly, unless you are a vet or a PETA activist, uploading your pet’s picture as your profile picture is a big NO.

 

Secondly, choosing a photo which is 10 or 20 years old like when you were in college will make you slightly embarrassed at the time of interview due to the glaring age difference in your photo and reality.

 

Thirdly, posting an extreme close up picture often leads people to assume that you are trying hard enough to hide something inappropriate maybe another person or a physical attribute that you do not like.

 

Above all this, the worst photo faux pas you could do is not post a photo at all. LinkedIn profiles with a picture are seven times more likely to get views. So, don’t miss out just because you are too shy to show your face or do not know how to post the “right” picture.

 

Luckily, I am going to give you some quick tips for a photo friendly LinkedIn profile. These are –

  •  Formal Wear –

Dress appropriately to reflect the atmosphere of your profession. It’s simple, if you’re a nurse, wear your scrubs or if you’re a businessman, wear a suit.

  •   Personality Friendly Profile Picture –

Choose a picture that accurately conveys your personality. If you’re a nanny be sure to have a warm motherly smile.

  • Body Language –

Be aware of your posture, sit up straight and beam confidence. Make sure your face and eyes are relaxed; remember “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness”.

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