LinkedIn Business Portrait: Putting Your Best Face Forward

dracula-linkedin-headDid you know that a LinkedIn profile with a profile photo is seven times more likely to be viewed than a profile without a portrait? LinkedIn may be where a future employer or client might look before they even consider doing an interview, so it’s important that you put your best face forward. Here are some tips for a great LinkedIn business portrait:

1. Have your LinkedIn portrait be just about you.

Your cat, dog, husband, or child is part of who you are as a human being, but it’s not who you are as a professional. LinkedIn is a professional network, and your portrait should reflect that. Just as you wouldn’t necessarily show up to a job interview with your cat or your baby, you shouldn’t show up on LinkedIn. Alternatively, you can bring your ‘trade’ into portrait, such as:

  • Your neat and orderly desk in the background for a desk job
  • A building under construction or a drafting table for an architect
  • A conference room or courtroom for a lawyer
  • A couch for a therapist or life coach
  • A hotel conference room for a meeting planner or CEO coach

But, you don’t have to have a complicated background to make for an interesting business portrait. Some window light, a nice plain background, and a bright smile can be the perfect compliment to your profile.

2. Be professional.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t dress for the position you’re in, dress for where you want to be!”? The good thing is that you only have to worry about the head and shoulders! A LinkedIn profile should only be a head-shot, as the photo is small and would be ineffective if it was a full body portrait. So make sure your hair and shirt or jacket reflects the image of where you want to go with your career. Also, while we’re on the subject of clothing, make sure your clothing doesn’t have a pattern as it can be distracting.

3. Sit up straight and show your confidence.

Imagine a thread passing vertically through the top of your head and down through the center of your body. The thread gently pulls you up from the very top of your head. Feel your body fall into place. Posture communicates confidence and competency! Smiling makes you look approachable and well adjusted. Don’t be afraid to ask other people for their opinion on your photo if you are unsure how it portrays you.

4. Higher a professional.

When it’s time to hire a photographer make sure to give them a call. Make sure you feel comfortable talking with them, as their personality will help you feel at-ease when it’s time for you to be in-front of the camera.

LinkedIn Profile Picture

Are you ready for a LinkedIn profile picture that reflects the best ‘you’? Then contact Rachel at our Aliso Viejo business portrait studio at 949-427-5171, or contact us through our Contact Page.