As we wrap up the theme of LinkedIn this month, I wanted to leave you with five last tips about what kind of photos you shouldn’t have on your LinkedIn profile, and why they’re bad.
The Group Photo
Which one of these lovely ladies’ profile am I viewing?! Don’t leave potential employers confused! While it’s understandable that you want to impress potential employers with how social you are, leave that for Facebook and Twitter.
The Cropped Photo
This one is a profile picture favorite, for any social network. It looks awkward, weird, and completely unprofessional. You literally have a hanging limb in your photo. I totally understand that you might look gorgeous in that one photo that you took that night, and only a Photoshop magician would be able to remove that awkward arm, but please, for the love of professional networking social media sites, stop with the cropped profile photo!
While the tree is lovely, and having McGraw Hall in the photo will show your Warhawk pride, what employers really want to see is your face. Even if you’re at the Grand Canyon, the Appalachian Mountains, or in the middle of Times Square, the background should be the least interesting aspect of your photo. Keep the focus of your profile photo on your face.
A Photo of Your Pet
Don’t. Just don’t. No matter how cute your pet is, resist!
Not Having a Photo
Yes, not having a photo is just as bad as having one with red Solo cups in it. As bad as it might sound, this is one instance where what you look like is important. So throw on that blazer, ask a friend who’s handy with a camera to help you out, and snap a few photos.
Or better yet, attend our free LinkedIn photoshoot on November 20 in the UC!
The other social media student manager and myself will be taking professional photos for free for you to use for your LinkedIn profile, or any other online profile! Please come and take advantage of this free service and get to know more about what Career & Leadership Development can offer you!
For more tips like these, check out The Worst LinkedIn Photos You Can Have.
Photos by UWW Career.