You can improve your LinkedIn picture 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 because they’re smiling with teeth and enough eye squinch to make their smile look genuine, not forced. That’s the best pose for most of us.
One caveat, dress in business attire. Most of these people are wearing casual clothing. Research has shown that a picture taken in business attire gives a better impression of influence, competence, and likeability than a shot taken in casual clothing. Follow the link in the first paragraph of this post to see the research data. The link will also give you the research findings on the importance of your smile.
Now That You’re Smiling, the 8 Other Most Common Mistakes in LinkedIn Pictures
If you want to learn about other common mistakes in LinkedIn pictures, and how to get them fixed on the cheap, then check out my popular companion piece to this post (on LinkedIn Pulse) here.
What should you avoid?
1. Busy backgrounds.
2. Facial shadows.
3. Poses that add wrinkles.
5. Uneven skin tones.
6. Group shots.
7. Lack of contrast between you and your picture’s background.
8. Bad cropping.
The Pulse post highlights those photo faux pas, presents some fun examples, and shows you how to get them fixed for a tiny investment.
For wrinkles, see this post for a brilliant tip (it works!) on how to avoid adding ten to 20 years to your jawline.
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