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What Type of Photo is Best for LinkedIn?

While Facebook and Instagram are trendy, these days the whole working world is at LinkedIn. Just like how a girl or a boy interested in you, will first checkout your Facebook profile, it is most likely that a businessman or a person about to hire you (usually the overcritical HR) is going to judge you by your LinkedIn account and the first thing he/she is going to notice is you profile picture. Your profile picture can be one of the most important aspects of your LinkedIn profile. Research shows that just having a proper profile picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others and it only takes 1/10 of a second for someone to draw conclusions about you based on your photo — so how do you put in a great first impression in less than a second?

Ways To Appear Reliable, Proficient, And Civil- First Impression

  • Smile- Let you pearly whites shine bright!
    A smiling person looks friendlier, and smiling is proven to make you look happier, healthier, and more relaxed. Nothing says “HIRE ME” in a serial killer expression, so save it maybe for your David Fincher’s movie auditions. Instead, post a happy headshot that shows off your “competitive advantage,” your smile.
  • Dress Appropriately
    Wear what you’d wear to work. Stick to simple formals or semi-formals, clothes that go with the dressiness of your office atmosphere.
  • Avoid too-dark photos or high color saturation
    While an intense black and white picture may get you a lot of hearts on Instagram, upload such a photo on LinkedIn that makes you look incredibly intense,or, angry.
    Stop with freaky editing, with extreme contrasts and hightlights. The funky filters make you look really cool on Facebook and Instagram, but LinkedIn is a more professional platform.
  • A pleasing background- Choose a background that isn’t distracting
    After you’ve put all that effort into having the perfect expression, you don’t want anything to distract from your face. Keep the background simple so that you are the focal point.Try using a subtle color in the background of your LinkedIn profile photo.
  • Don’t crop your face out of your vacation photos!
    Don’t be the person who has a picture of him on the beach with cocktails in his hand. Well that is very cool, but again it’s not very cool for LinkedIn. Stick with a bust (head and shoulders) or torso (head to waist) shot. Make eye contact with the camera. Crop the picture from the top of your shoulders to just above your head so that your face fills the frame and shows off that pretty smile.

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