Tips for a Great LinkedIn Photo
- Camera should be at eye level or above when the picture is taken. If the photographer is shorter than you are, have him or her stand on a few thick books to even out your heights. Being shot from below can be unflattering to the chin and jawline.
- Make eye contact with the camera as the photographer snaps. Eye contact offers a personal connection with the viewer.
“The intellectual side gaze,” where the individual appears to be staring off into the distance, is a misnomer. Researchers at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles found that people who maintain eye contact are consistently judged as having a higher IQ than people who do not.
- Smile like you mean it — including your eyes.
- Keep your head upright. Having your head tilted sideways towards one shoulder can look less competent. A small tilt can be corrected when you upload your photo to LinkedIn.
- A level swivel toward a camera on your left or right side is fine, as long as you smile warmly into the camera lens.
- Make sure there is even lighting on your face, and you are not back-lit.
- Have the photographer include your shoulders in the picture, and upload it without cropping. LinkedIn will automatically crop your square photo into a circle, so you need to start some extra blank space behind you to keep your head and shoulders in the round profile image.