Professional Headshots for LinkedIn
Linkedln, like any other social media, is a social networking platform. This means that people are networking with each other while revealing who they are and what they do. Linkedln reminds you to do this every time you log on by making sure your profile is 100% complete. Part of getting 100% completion is uploading your picture.
Adding a profile photo is one of the most commonly requested features of the Linkedln profile, primarily because many people tend to recognize their colleagues and classmates more reliably by face than by name. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and with this feature it will make it easier for people to form a richer professional connection online.
Putting up a photo isn’t enough. It needs to be the right type of photo.
Here are some tips for creating or choosing your LinkedIn Profile Image:
- Aim for a headshot with a plain-looking background.
- No one else should be in the photo. It is your Linkedln profile.
- Look approachable in the photo. You don’t want to give the vibes of looking like a mean person or somebody people cross the street to avoid. Smile and look friendly.
- Think about the recruiters and hiring decision makers at your target companies who click through to your Linkedln profile. The first thing they will notice is your photo. If your photo is lacking and not up to the professional quality that someone else’s is then that could turn the recruiter away.
- One of the strategies you should be using with your Linkedln profile is branding yourself to differentiate the qualities you possess from your competitors. Branding is also about creating emotional connections.
Linkedln profiles with great profile photos are SEVEN TIMES more likely to be viewed, so if you want recruiters to take a look at your page and consider you for a job putting a great profile picture is the aim.
Hiring a professional photographer would give you the best opportunity to getting that crisp headshot that recruiters won’t be able to pass on.
BradKay Photographix specialise in Headshot photography appropriate for Linkedlin Profiles and other social media platforms.