How to Choose a LinkedIn Headshot and Make the Best First Impression
Have you ever received a connection request from someone without a LinkedIn headshot on their profile? If you didn’t recognize the name, it’s probably safe to say you clicked “Ignore.”
You don’t want to browse LinkedIn anonymously, but you shouldn’t do it without a LinkedIn headshot either. The best LinkedIn profiles have a professional business photograph.
Continue reading or watch the first of Chuck’s Quick Tip of the Week videos below! This week he talks all about choosing the best LinkedIn profile picture.
Are you using a photo that’s making you look bad? Keep reading to find out!
Does Your LinkedIn Headshot Fall into One Of These Categories?
A professional business headshot immediately adds to your credibility on LinkedIn. Let’s take a look at the top ten lousy profile images people are using on the platform.
- No photo.
- A photo with your significant other.
- A photo where you crop out other people.
- A photograph with your entire family.
- A casual photo that was taken in a car.
- A photo that says, “I didn’t shave that week.”
- A picture of you playing a sport.
- A photo from St. Patrick’s Day or some other event.
- An old or poor-quality picture.
- A photo with your pet.
In the video, Chuck even shared some examples of his own photos which he says are great for Facebook, but not for a B2B platform. Does your LinkedIn profile image fall into one of these categories? If so, it’s time for an update!
Think about how the photos above will make you appear to other LinkedIn users, specifically those who are prospective customers. The first impression is everything, and online there are fewer factors people can judge you on. In our State of Digital Selling with LinkedIn 2019 report, 80% of the 862 surveyed responded their LinkedIn headshot was professional or “acceptable for business.” That leaves 20% of respondents with an unacceptable image or no photo!
Don’t let a poor choice for your LinkedIn profile picture give you the appearance of being unprofessional and uncommitted to networking on LinkedIn.
Once you update your picture, it’s time to update your LinkedIn profile background in Chuck’s Quick Tip of the Week #2. Too many sellers aren’t taking advantage of this opportunity to reinforce your personal brand.There are some pictures that are great for Facebook, but not for a #B2B platform. As a #Sales leader, make sure that your reps have a professional #LinkedIn profile headshot. @ChuckShaver #DigitalSelling #SalesLeadershipClick To Tweet
Now that you know what NOT to do with your LinkedIn headshot, find out what every sales rep needs to know about Social Selling on LinkedIn. Download the recording to hear from Vengreso CEO, Mario Martinez, Jr. and VanillaSoft CMO, Darryl Praill. The two discuss why you need to be careful about using templates, why prospects don’t respond to your outreach, and some tips and tricks to grow your reach and influence.