When you’re trying to make the best first impression, it’s important to have a professional headshot to represent yourself. In the age of technology and social media, it’s especially important that you put your best face forward. Often times this is the first form of contact employers, clients, or potential business partners will have with you. Many of the headshots I provide for my clients in Washington DC are first put in use on the popular online social networking sites like LinkedIn. This is a great tool to market yourself, and since your photo is the first thing to grab others’ attention it’s important to make it presentable in the best format.
For LinkedIn photo profiles: Focus on Your Face
The main focus of your headshot photo on LinkedIn should be your face. Many people who view your profile will do so from a smart phone, and with limited space and hundreds of profiles to sort through, you want to catch their eye. Here are a few helpful resources for resizing your photo on LinkedIn.
It seems like a simple and basic task, but resizing your photo to stand out in the right format is essential in making a good first impression. I hope you find the links helpful when uploading your image to your online profile. The third resource is a great online resizing option in case you really get stuck.
Make sure you create a copy of your headshot and only resize the copy, NOT the original. I do try to save headshots for people as long as I can, but it’s not a guarantee I’ll still have them handy the day you suddenly realize your original headshot is a fraction of the size and you need it for a print publication or speakers panel. Thumbnail photos are great for LinkedIn- not so great for billboards! I hope you find these tips useful, and are able to effectively utilize your professional headshot on LinkedIn.