The Best Pose for Your LinkedIn Profile Photo

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by Donna Svei on May 13, 2014

You can improve your LinkedIn profile photo by looking directly into the camera and smiling as though you’re greeting your best friend. Like this:

Each of the people in this photo look warm, friendly, and trustworthy, like people you would want as colleagues. That’s the best pose for most of us.

One caveat, dress appropriately for the job you want to land. Most of these people are wearing casual clothing. If your next job would be a suit and tie environment, then dress to that standard.

The 8 Most Common Mistakes in LinkedIn Profile Photos

If you want to learn about the eight most common mistakes in LinkedIn profile photos, and how to get them fixed on the cheap, then check out my companion piece to this post (on LinkedIn Publisher) here.


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Blake Sellers May 24, 2014 at 12:41

I’m surprised you haven’t found

Interesting Blake. Have you used it? Donna

David Moloney May 25, 2014 at 19:00

The vast majority of the photos shown in your post are ‘mugshots’ and look unnatural – like someone’s been dragged infront of the camera. Don’t stand and look front on to the camera. Instead, have your body infront, but slightly turn your head while looking at the camera.

In your examples, only the two men with glasses have a decent camera pose.

It’s always good to hear a variety of perspectives. Thank you David. Donna

3/15/15 update: David, I think you will like this post: Your Profile Photo: Research Reveals the Ultimate Hack – INFOGRAPHIC Donna

julie bishop May 26, 2014 at 03:44

Hi Donna …It’s amazing how so many people get it so wrong! The wedding shots always amaze me or the ones with someone else’s head cut off which was resting on their shoulder.

Thank you Julie. I’m smiling at the image. :) Donna

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