Creating a standout LinkedIn Profile

Step 5 – Have an Appropriate Photo

This is a bit of a personal favourite of mine as I can tell you, I have seen some absolute shockers in my time! Honestly, sometimes I wonder what people were thinking!

Here are a few examples of some of the gems I have come across.

They are re-enacted by me to avoid embarrassing anybody but yes, these are accurate representations…

So, let us start with….

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Clearly lots of dreadful examples there but the general rule of thumb is:

  • Go for a headshot
  • Avoid selfies
  • Choose your clothes carefully
  • Be natural and think about your facial expression

Above all.

Does it clearly represent you and do you look friendly, approachable and professional?!


Ask yourself…

Does your photo clearly represent you?

Do you look friendly, approachable and professional?

Is it formatted correctly, so no squashed or stretched images?

Top Tips

Always and only show photos of yourself – no family, pets or scenery pics

No Selfies – these are just bad!

Dress in business attire – no wedding shots or holiday pics

Go for a headshot so your features are clear – this will help to build recognition

Choose the right facial expression – remember friendly, approachable and professional

How To Upload A Profile Photo:

  • Log in to LinkedIn and select the menu for Profile, Edit Profile.
  • Click the camera icon – the ‘Upload a Photo’ page appears
  • Click the Browse button – the ‘Choose File to Upload’ dialogue box opens
  • Browse to and choose the photo you want to use and then click Open
  • Click the ‘Upload Photo’ button – the image is uploaded and displays in a preview window
  • Click and drag the yellow square to adjust the crop on your photo
  • Click the ‘Save Photo’ button
  • Click the ‘Done Editing’ button at the top of the page to save your changes and apply