Are You Making Any of These LinkedIn Profile Pic Mistakes?
There's much to be said about choosing the perfect LinkedIn profile picture.
In this article I'm simply going to give you five examples of LinkedIn profile pictures that you should avoid.
If you find that you have one of these on your LinkedIn profile right now, don't feel bad, it just takes a few seconds to change your LinkedIn profile picture!
First impressions count
In business and in job searching, first impressions are important, and your LinkedIn profile picture is one of the main ways that you make a first impression when job hunting in 2022.
5 bad LinkedIn profile pictures
So let's jump right in and look at five common (unfortunately) LinkedIn profile picture mistakes.
The distant LinkedIn profile picture
Your LinkedIn profile picture is designed to give the viewer a great first impression of you.
It therefore needs to engage them in a split second and give them a sense of your personality and personal brand.
We've all seen a great headshot or portrait, it instantly draws us in, the eyes tell a story and it can actually be quite captivating.
If you are too far away you simply won't achieve what you set out to achieve. Instead, use a picture where your face takes up around 60% of the frame.
Add a smile (even if it's just a small one) to make sure that you come across as likable, friendly and approachable.
After all, your LinkedIn profile is designed to serve a purpose which is typically to help land you better career opportunities, grow your personal brand and following or bring in more business opportunities.
The selfie LinkedIn profile picture
It's so tempting to take a quick selfie and put it onto your LinkedIn profile, esspecially as LinkedIn allows you to take a shot as you upload a new picture.
But no matter how advanced your selfie taking skills have become, this isn't the right kind of image to use for LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is a professional platform and your profile picture should reflect that you take it seriously and understand what the platform is all about.
Nothing wrong with a great selfie, but just not on LinkedIn.
There are actually lots of reasons that selfies are less than ideal, this article on the Profiled website explains why.