How to Take the Perfect LinkedIn Headshot

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How to Take the Perfect LinkedIn Headshot

how to take LinkedIn profile picture There are lots of detailed (and overly complicated) guides on how to create the perfect profile picture for LinkedIn, but really, the simplest and most obvious thing to do is to use your common sense.

Dress Properly

LinkedIn is the professional social network, which means you need to keep it clean and professional. Your image should depict you in a manner appropriate for your industry. Choose basic colours such as brown, black, grey and/or blue. You should also keep everything modest.

Keep it Simple

Your LinkedIn profile picture should be simple which means it should only be of you. Save the pets, children and objects for Facebook and Twitter,

Use a Headshot

Because LinkedIn profile pictures are square, your photo should be of only your head, neck, and a bit of your shoulders. If you include a rectangular shot, your head might get cropped out. Remember, you can upload JPG, GIF or PNG files and the max photo size is 4MB. The ideal pixel size for your image is between 200 x 200 to 500 x 500.

Be Consistent

If you have multiple social networks, it’s a good idea to use the same picture across the board. If you are developing an online brand, consistency is key. For example, if you use different pictures for Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and your Website, it could confuse online viewers. You’d be surprised how many hiring manaers look at social media.


About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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