Your LinkedIn profile photo represents YOU. It tells the world who you are. Take a good, hard, long look at your current photo. Are you happy with it? I hope so.
But if you're not, you better do something about it.
Now. With 94% of recruiters screening candidates on LinkedIn, it's your one and only chance to make a first impression. Read on for my round-up of the best LinkedIn photo tips to get the perfect pic.
1. Snappr photo analyser
Of all the LinkedIn photo tips this is the most important: If you want to know how good your LinkedIn profile photo is ... don't ask your friends. You're unlikely to get an honest opinion and while yes, it might spare your feelings, it won't get you closer to the perfect profile photo.
Check out Snappr Photo Analyser which uses the latest research, combined with image recognition and machine learning technologies, to determine how well your photo will perform.
It automatically scans your LinkedIn photo and provides a score based on:
- Face. Smile, jawline, squinch
- Composition. Zoom, Rule of Thirds, background
- Editing. Brightness, contrast, sharpness, saturation, colour temperature
2. Get feedback from PhotoFeeler
Make the best online impression you can. PhotoFeeler is an outstanding tool to share and receive opinions on your profile photos from unbiased strangers.
Spare your friends the burden of honest feedback.
Instead, join PhotoFeeler and receive insights from respectful voters of the gender and age range you choose.
Photofeeler has separate categories for Business, Dating, and Social photos and 9 traits you can test for.
Voters also leave notes on your photo with specific insights about how you’re coming across and advice for improving your impression.
What's more you share the love by voting on other photos. Not only are you helping others, but you can get some great Linkedin profile picture examples to inspire your own.
3. Tips for taking a professional selfie
We don’t all have the luxury of hiring a great photographer to capture our essence. Sometimes it’s just you and a phone. Enter: the professional selfie.
Taking self-portraits is awesome:
- You're not imposing on your friends
- You don't feel self-conscious
- No planning required. Just grab your camera or phone and go
- You can take thousands of photos in your quest for perfection
What you may lack in expertise you can certainly make up for in stamina and patience. Without some practice, I assure you there'll be a winning shot among your efforts.
Photographer Rodnesha Green has written an amazing blog post on how to compose and take great professional selfies, regardless of your equipment. I highly recommend you read this if you decide to take your own Linkedin photo.
4. How to take your own professional headshots at home
This easy to follow guide from PhotoFeeler shows you step-by-step how to create a professional profile photo from home.
Profiled, is their comprehensive blog filled with amazing tips on how to create the perfect profile photo. including a section dedicated to professional photos. There's also plenty of Linkedin profile picture examples (bad and good photos) that will point you in the right direction.
5. It's all about the 'squinch'
Squinching is New York-based photographer Peter Hurley's top tip for looking photogenic in your Linkedin photo.
Squinting your eyes can help ooze confidence and self-assuredness, as opposed to staring wide-eyed which projects fear and uncertainty.
Don't believe me? Check out the video tutorial below and perfect your squinch!
6. Tips to ensure your LinkedIn photo is helping, not hurting, your prospects
Harrison also shares some great Linkedin photo tips you can take right now to improve your profile and ensure it represents you authentically AND professionally.
Yes, people are judging you.
7. LinkedIn photo filters
LinkedIn has basic photo-editing capabilities in their mobile app, including six photo filters. These are simple, easy to use tools to give your LinkedIn profile photo a boost.
My favourites are Spotlight, which brightens and improves contrast and Classic, which gives you a nice black and white look.
You can also crop and edit as well as adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and vignette of your LinkedIn profile photo.
This is a super-quick, easy way to improve your profile photo.
8. Free online photo editors
If you want more control than you can get from your favourite photo app, there are plenty of powerful – and free – online photo editors available.
The Balance has put together this insanely comprehensive review of tools that will take your photography to the next level. You'll need to master some basics - even simple edits like cropping can make a huge difference to your photo.
Check out these comprehensive guides from Photo Review: