September 10, 2016

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LinkedIn Tip of the Week: 5 tips for the perfect profile picture


As pointed out in an earlier blog post, visuals are a very important part of your LinkedIn profile. This not only applies to the rich media underneath the job and education sections, but also to your profile picture.

Your professional summary and details of your experience and education constitute a crucial part of your LinkedIn profile - but people are drawn to pictures first, and words second. So a good profile picture really can attract visitors to take a closer look at your LinkedIn Profile.

5 tips for a great profile photo

Here’s a few tips for a good profile picture:

  1. This may seem obvious, but make sure the picture is of you and that you are the only person in the picture.
  2. Use a natural background.
  3. Dress in formal wear to create a professional look.
  4. Avoid selfie-style photos: Don't take the picture yourself - or at the very least use a self-timer and perhaps a tripod.
  5. Use the right framing: Pick a headshot and not a full body picture. A close-up also works better in search results where the image is scaled down.

Ideally, you should hire a professional photographer to get the best possible shots. And remember, a good headshot can be used for all your social media accounts, your CV and so on.




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    Aneelha Hussain
    Aneelha Hussain