Putting your best foot forward is as important in business as it in every other facet of life—from forming close friendships to meeting people online. Unfortunately for some, this doesn’t always translate on sites like LinkedIn where people insist on uploading profile pictures that are really off the mark.
Here are some ways to make a good impression on recruiters and potential business partners via your LinkedIn profile.
Include a photo! Yes. This is important. Why? Because people who are looking to make interpersonal and business relationships online like to picture the person sitting across the table from them. Give them a visual!
Stay away from the artsy stuff. Don’t get us wrong, there is always a time and a place for avant-garde. But unless you are working in the art industry, we would not recommend posing with props or making high fashion statements in your profile pic
Pose alone. No one cares about that vacation you went on with your best friends or the luncheon you attended with industry execs. What matters is that you accurately represent yourself so crop out any evidence of other people in your picture.
Hold the selfies! Please, please, please refrain from posting a selfie as your profile picture. Not only are they incredibly unprofessional and cringe-worthy, but they give employers the impression that you don’t take yourself—or your career—very seriously.
Your profile pic should reflect a relaxed yet professional version of yourself. Are you often seen holding your chin with one hand and looking deep in thought? Then why would you want this as a first impression for an employer? Take some time to look through profiles and see which pictures speak to you. Keep it simple and ask a friend to help you snap your photo!