Your profile photo is your first impression. It’s unfair, but you are judged immediately based on your profile pic and who you convey yourself to be. Are you fun, serious, professional? Or are you and idiot? Like I said, it’s not fair, but we all do it everyday. And when it comes to your professional profile photos, this is even more important! So, please, make sure you’re using a good photo on your professional social media sites.
I really don’t care what photos you use on your personal accounts. That’s your place to be as you as you want to be. If you want photos of you drunk and showing your underwear to define your profile, you are entitled to do so. But if you use that same photo on your LinkedIn profile, yeah… we’re not gonna be connected.
Think I’m joking. I promise you I’m not. Some of the photos people choose to use on LinkedIn, arguably the most professional of all the social media sites, is actually shocking. But it goes beyond just stupid photos like this. It’s about the quality of the photo, the size of the photo and the type of photo.
And, no, your photo doesn’t have to be some high quality headshot from a high-priced studio. With technology today, you can create an amazing profile with a couple quick shots from your digital camera or smart phone.
When it comes to your business or professional accounts, here are some examples of bad profile photos. And, yes, these are real photos taken directly from LinkedIn.
I understand that you want to reflect your personality in your photos. I totally do too. Your profile pic doesn’t have to be some stuffy, overposed image of you. But it should adhere to these general characteristics:
- A clear, good quality image
- Clearly see your face
- A current photo – it’s not the 80s anymore, let’s use something that represents you today
- Fit the dimensions of the photo box (every site is different but you can crop to fit)
Remember that your profile photo is your first impression online. Make sure it’s a good impression!
Have you seen some bad profile photos? What was it about them that made you cringe? Let me know in the comments below.