How To Create a Professional Profile Picture for LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn profile represents your professional presence, and the profile photo you select is an important part of your overall statement.

Your photo should represent your online brand, and it should make you approachable to initial contacts. It’s time to fill in the “ghost” (the shadow box that shows you haven’t added a profile image), or replace the photo of you standing on the beach wearing sunglasses.

LinkedIn ProfileWe’ve put together some tips to help you create a proper LinkedIn profile picture:

1. Has to be a head shot

Your LinkedIn community probably doesn’t care that you like to ride horses in your spare time. And even if they do – this isn’t the place to showcase it. Your LinkedIn photo appears as a small thumbnail; and in order for people to recognize you, the image should reach only from the knot of your tie to just above your head.

2. Should reflect your professional personality

Your profile photo sends a message to customers, colleagues and hiring managers. It should be a genuine representation of what you do in your professional life. If you don’t wear a suit and tie to work, then don’t fake it. Dress professionally, but be you.

3. Use the correct sizing

Your LinkedIn photo should be square in shape, with a pixel size ranging form 200 x 200 to 500 x 500.

4. Keep it current

Your professional connections should be able to recognize you from your LinkedIn photo. Don’t use a dated image.

5. Avoid the cropped group shot

It’s fairly obvious you cut out the person standing next to you – so don’t do it. If you don’t have a proper image, bring a camera to work one day and ask a co-worker to take a few shots of you.

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