It only takes the first few seconds for people to form an impression. So it is vital that your first impression is a positive one.
With LinkedIn, one of the ways you make a positive first impression is with your profile picture.
According to research conducted by LinkedIn, 1 in 5 professionals say they make an initial impression based on an online profile picture. This number increases to nearly half (47 percent) in the case of millennials who seem to be clearly inspired by the ‘selfie’ trend.
Around 1 in 5 professionals are also thinking more carefully about their profile picture on LinkedIn versus Facebook. Over a quarter of LinkedIn members believe it is very important to keep their professional and private social media profiles separate.
What makes a great profile picture?
- A plain background: this does not need to be white only. But avoid something busy and distracting like a view.
- Head and shoulders: for men, make sure that your profile picture is no lower than the second button on your shirt. For women, make sure that it is above the cleavage line.
- Look directly at the camera: profile pictures where people are looking away from the camera convey the impression that you are less trustworthy than people with a profile picture where you are looking directly at the camera.
- Smile: a smile, even a slight one conveys an impression of warmth and approachability. That’s what you want people to feel – that you’re someone they would like to get to know.
- Do not automatically use your Profile picture from other platforms like Facebook.
LinkedIn found that people are being judged on their online professional image more than ever. They found that you are 14 times more likely to be viewed on LinkedIn if you have a profile photo.
A picture paints a thousand words. Get a quality profile picture.
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