Level Up your LinkedIn Headshot

Think of your LinkedIn profile photo like meeting an important business contact for the first time face-to-face. You want to offer a firm handshake, a genuine smile, and a self-assured stance…    

The image you share on LinkedIn should be professional and make you seem approachable and confident.

It’s important to strike a balance between somber passport photo and carefree late-night selfie to achieve that “I’m-a-pro-and-you-should-work-with-me” first impression.  

Ready for your close up? 

Check out our 4 top tips to get camera ready:   

Get dressed

Think “meeting with a key client.” Aim for timeless rather than ultra-trendy. This will help your photo feel fresh instead of dated and out of style. Oh! And don’t worry about the shoeswe won’t see them. Focus on the shoulders up. 

Show your face

Don’t hide behind your hair, prominent glasses, or a hat. Your face is uniquely you, and it’s a helpful thing to be able to be spotted in the crowd (or coffee shop) based on your profile photo. 

Keep it simple

Consider wearing solid colors instead of busy prints. Dark colors work best. Choose a subtle style approach that you’re confident and familiar with. Not sure if neon paisley bowties are your thing? This photo is not the way to find out.

Keep it natural

Look at the camera and smile. That’s it. No tricky over-the-shoulder glances, and no duck lips, fish gapes, or sparrow face required. (Feel free to smize though.) Find the light and relax into a natural, confident pose. All you have to do is smile!

This post was updated on August 16, 2022.