Your headshot is one of the most important elements of your LinkedIn profile. A good first impression encourages the viewer to read the rest of your profile. Business portraits are now on websites, social networking sites and even attached to emails we send. Below are a few simple tips for choosing the perfect LinkedIn profile photo.
Wear Professional Attire
Since LinkedIn is a professionally oriented platform, make sure that your photo depicts you in a manner appropriate for your field. Typically this means a dress shirt or blouse, a shirt and tie, or even a suit. Choose solid dark colors like blue or black. Avoid white, it can make you appear washed out. Dressing professionally also means dressing cleanly and simply, avoid wearing too much makeup, or any over the top, distracting hairstyles and jewelry.
Keep It Simple
Your photo should be of you, and only you. Do not include objects, pets, or children. Avoid busy backgrounds as well, standing against a solid-colored, light background is best.
Since we live in a digital world, having consistent brand messaging is important. Try and use the same photo across all of your social media and online platforms in order to create consistency and also let others immediately recognize you on your other profiles.
Direct Eye Contact
By looking directly into the camera lens, you create a connection between you and the person viewing the photo. As eye contact is very important during a job interview, it is the same for your headshot.
Hire A professional
Use an image taken by a professional photographer who specializes in business and corporate headshot photography. A professional photographer has a trained artistic eye for posing their subjects in order to achieve the best image. Knowing what lighting looks best for a certain skin tone or face shape makes the the difference in the final product.
For more information, contact Capitol Photo Interactive today at 203-255-4002.