Getting Noticed on LinkedIn
In today's visual world, you need to create your digital persona. Your profile photo is the opportunity to show your confidence, integrity, and friendliness. The way you connect with the camera is how you will be perceived. Your pose, posture and dress reveals your personality. These visual clues revealed in your photo helps to define you.
A professional photograph is "the best investment you can make in your personal brand and self-confidence." ---Sandra Long, Author, LinkedIn for Your Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide.
Investing in your personal brand, helps you separate yourself from others. This is the instant chance to make that positive first impression. your portrait and all the images & visuals you post define you and your personal brand. It shows your true self.
Create an Image that Defines You
The Top Tips for Your Profile Photo
Connect with the camera, this helps people looking at your photo develop a personal connection with you. You want to show your comfort level and confidence. Research shows people who maintain eye contact have a higher IQ.
- Have a gentile, genuine and uniform smile, that is relaxed and natural. The consensus of many studies proves the smile is interpreted as someone who is more likable, competent and influential.
- Look confident, your body language, how you stand, lean or tilt your head has a subconscious affect. A power pose and from a a camera angle just a little below eye level can give you an authoritative feel.
- Show your "better side," put your best features toward the camera.
- Professional attire. As the saying goes, dress for success. Little things make a difference. Wear clean and pressed clothes. Button your business blazer or sweater.
- The lighting is vital to your portrait. Strong direct light accentuates wrinkles, skin issues, also it can be uneven light, that causes hot spots and shadows which are distracting. Diffused lighting helps to eliminate imperfections. Soft light makes you look youthful and healthier. This lighting will make your eyes seem steady, balanced and pleasant. The right light is even in intensity and doesn't discolor your features.