- Pick the right photographer: select someone who can make you smile in a natural way, a warm, friendly smile will make you look accessible. If someone else is not available to take the photo, you can take a webshot of yourself using your computer’s camera. However, do not take the photo yourself using your phone or a handheld camera – self-photos often appear unprofessional.
- Pick a head shot: because profile photos appear as small thumbnails on LinkedIn, your photo should be of only your head, neck, and a bit of your shoulders.
- Dress professionally: 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. Also, 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, children or busy backgrounds.
- Select a current photo: Use a current picture so people aren’t surprised when they meet you in person.
- Be consistent: consistency is key. Therefore, it is a good idea to use the same photo for all your professional and social networking profile pictures. This will make you more easily recognizable.