Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CHEESE (your LinkedIn profile photo)

Your LinkedIn Profile Photo:
very important!
I'm not sure what the exact statistic is, but my guess is that the majority of LinkedIn users who do NOT have a profile photo are having a really hard time getting their invitations accepted. Like it or not, people want to see faces of their LinkedIn connections. I know that personally, one of the considerations for me on whether or not I'll accept an invite from an unknown person is their profile photo, or lack thereof.

When it comes to your Linkedin profile photograph, I always recommend:

  • YES, include a photo on your LinkedIn profile.
  • YES, make it viewable by public.
  • Pleasant and smiling
  • Head and shoulders only
  • Professional attire
  • Clean background
  • NOT: summer vacation picture, group picture, avatar of something scenic instead of your face, sunglasses, angry grimace, etc.


Check out a few posts related to this topic:


On LinkedIn Chat:
When do you NOT accept a LinkedIn invitation?
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/When-do-you-NOT-accept-3904551.S.212031642


Blog:
How to Take and Choose a Professional Photo for LinkedIn: Tips for Picking a Perfect LinkedIn Profile Photo
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/tips/qt/linked-profile-photo.htm

Blog:

25 Things that Make You Look Dumb on LinkedIn
http://blogs.constantcontact.com/fresh-insights/look-dumb-on-linkedin/

Blog:
10 Mistakes That Drive Other LinkedIn Users Mad!
http://mrlinkedin.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/10-mistakes-that-drive-other-linkedin-users-mad/

Hopefully this blog post makes you rethink your position on the ever-powerful LinkedIn profile photograph. What do you think?

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