How to take a good profile picture for LinkedIn

This article is recommended for individuals at any stage of their careers

Make a strong first impression

Taking a good profile picture for LinkedIn is essential to make a strong first impression on potential employers and professional connections. Here are some tips to help you create a polished and effective profile picture.

Dress professionally

Wear attire that is appropriate for your industry and the type of job you're seeking. Choose clothing that fits well and is clean and wrinkle-free. 

Choose the right background

Opt for a simple and clutter-free background that won't distract from your face. A plain wall or a neutral backdrop works well. 

Use good lighting

Natural light is the most flattering, so try to take the photo near a window during daylight hours. Avoid harsh shadows on your face by positioning yourself correctly. 

Mind your posture

Stand or sit up straight with good posture. Confidence and approachability can be conveyed through your body language. 

Focus on your face

Your face should be the main focus of the photo. Frame the picture from the shoulders up, making sure your face is clear and easily identifiable. 

Smile naturally

A warm and approachable smile can go a long way in creating a positive impression. Practice smiling in front of a mirror to find a natural and friendly expression. 

Use a high-resolution photo

Ensure that the picture is high-quality and not pixelated when viewed in different sizes. 

Avoid distractions

Remove any distracting elements from the background or foreground of the photo. The focus should be solely on you. 

Be consistent

If you use the same profile picture across multiple professional platforms, it will help people recognise you easily. 

Get feedback

If possible, ask friends, family, or colleagues for their opinion on the photo before you make it your profile picture. Different perspectives can be helpful.

Edit lightly (if necessary)

You can use photo editing software to make minor adjustments like cropping, brightness, and contrast. However, avoid heavy retouching that might alter your appearance significantly.

Be genuine

The photo should represent the real you. Avoid using overly staged or filtered images that don't reflect your authentic self.

Remember, your LinkedIn profile picture is a professional representation of you. It's essential to strike a balance between being approachable and maintaining a professional demeanour. Follow these tips, and you'll be well on your way to creating an effective profile picture for LinkedIn.

How to take a good profile picture for LinkedIn

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Are you looking for a job?

Are you looking for a job?

Now that you know how to take a good profile picture for LinkedIn, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.

At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.

If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.

Christian Madsen

What are your thoughts?

I'd love to have a conversation with you about this topic - please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or opinions 🙂

Christian Madsen

Managing Director of 11 Recruitment

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