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On a professional networking site such as LinkedIn, it’s important to have a profile picture. It’s a known fact that recruiters spend more time viewing your online profile picture than looking at your skills or past work experience. You want to look credible, confident and professional, someone who’d be an asset in any office. Here are my top tips for creating a great profile picture:


Always add a photo - don’t leave it blank
Not only does it look really unprofessional to have no profile picture at all, it also assists the viewer to confirm they have the right person. The photo should be high resolution, recent and in focus, with good light (with no shadows or blurriness), so that you can be clearly seen. LinkedIn profiles with a photo are seven times more likely to be viewed than ones without an uploaded photo.

You should be the only subject in the photo
It’s your professional profile picture, so it should focus on you. This means no strange objects, group shots, or photos of you with your significant other, child, friends or pets.

Wear appropriate professional or business casual attire
Wearing corporate or professional attire is non judgemental. Never post a photo of yourself at a nightclub, the beach or in any other social environment.

Use a pleasant facial expression
You want to look self assured, yet pleasant and friendly, someone others will want to work. Try not too look too serious and always smile, preferably with teeth.

Don’t use your company’s product or logo as a photo
People want to connect with you as an individual, so avoid displaying your company’s logo unless it’s your company’s page. Once they connect with you, they’ll be able to learn about your product and your company via your company page.

Professional Headshots
It might be worth considering the option of getting professional headshots done. Photographers usually offer a range of options and can take a number of different shots suitable for various requirements that you can keep on file for specific purposes. Once you’ve settled on a great photo, be consistent and not change it all the time.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, what does your profile photo say about you?

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