Your LinkedIn Photo

Your LinkedIn photo is one of the first things that seasoned LinkedIn users look for when they search your profile.

  • To see if that is you when they invite you to connect
  • To recognize you when meeting face-to-face for the first time
  • To check out how serious you are about yourself (I am not sure if this is a valid reason, but it could be)

When I coach people or teach LinkedIn classes, I discuss the benefits of having a professional image attached to their profile.  That image should be used across all of the professional platforms you are using.  It is one of my top 5 tips that I have written about previously.

Your profile image does not have to be a professionally taken image, but don’t fall victim toThis LinkedIn profile image shows a man with a huge cocktail that has two bottles of beer being poured into it. thinking that something cute will suffice.  This image is one of those things that you should definitely NOT DO.  Can you tell me why? Your image represents how you want to represent your personal brand.  In many cases, it will represent your business as well.

Unless you are a pediatrician or day care provider, no kids.  Unless you are a veterinarian or animal shelter, no pets. Unless you are realty team, no spouses, and that is iffy.

In my opinion, people want to see your face, smiling with limited props.  It gives them a good feeling about how your business relationship might proceed.


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Author: DeeReinhardt

Social media, marketing and community relations specialist aiming to help people build their on-line presence with as many social media tools with which they feel comfortable.

2 thoughts on “Your LinkedIn Photo”

  1. Dee,

    Please review my profile picture. Yes, that is me, about as good a is it gets. My biggest concern is it does show my age, which there isn’t much I can do about that. Hopefully my picture shows a little of what I do and implies wisdom do to years of experience. Your suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Steve Perry

    1. Steve,

      I think your photo is fine. The construction images in the background are not distracting and they portray what you can accomplish for your customers.

      Good Linking!

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