Your LinkedIn Photo...

By: Viveka Monday January 9, 2012 comments Tags: LinkedIn Photo, What to do on Linked

Keep Your Photo Professional


This applies to both men and women.  Unfortunately, I see more women breaking this rule than men.  Or maybe its men creating fake accounts and using sexy lady shots to entice more professional men to connect with them.  This isn’t Amsterdam folks!  LinkedIn is for professional men and women (although not the “oldest professionals!”)

Anyway - I recommend a close up and a smile. And a top.  A full body shot of you and your family, you and your car, you and that fish you caught last week is unclear and unprofessional.  I have seen some artists use artistic renderings of themselves – which is clever if your image is still clear.

LinkedIn doesn’t like logos. If you remember from last week’s blog, LinkedIn’s EUA states you should not “Upload a profile image that is not your likeness or a head-shot photo”.  LinkedIn will delete your photo if you use a logo.  Personally, I won’t accept an invitation from someone who uses a logo instead of a photo.

And until prostitution is legal, please refrain….

If you need to upload a new photo

  • Go to "Profile"

  • Edit "Profile"

  • Click on "Edit Profile"

  • Upload "Photo"

  • Zoom in

Paul Thompson added this:

If you don’t have a photo that’s current, find a friend, a nice big window without direct sun, and a non-distracting background. Stand perpendicular to the window and a couple of feet from it. Turn your head and shoulders slightly toward the window, and get your friend to take a bunch of shots of different facial expressions, and slight turns of your head & shoulders.Then choose the best one, crop it to a square and resize it to at least 400×400 pixels. Upload & enjoy.


About the Author: Viveka

Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”.
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