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Tips for Academics: Taking the Perfect LinkedIn Profile Picture

Your picture is one of the most important feature of your LinkedIn profile. It is your first opportunity to say that you are knowledgeable and personable. Not having a picture also makes it enormously difficult for people to find you, especially if you have a common name. In fact, LinkedIn estimates that a profile picture is associated with up to 21 times more profile view, 36 times more messages and 9 times more connection requests.

You do not need a professional photographer to take your shots. Smartphones and DSLR camera do the trick just fine. Just ask a friend, colleague or assistant (who knows how to handle a camera) to help you out. The guiding principle of the shots:

  • Be front and centre and the focus of the picture;
  • Use a well lit room, it’s the difference between a good a great photo;
  • Absolutely no selfie;
  • Take many shots in different rooms and conditions then ask your friends to pick the best one.

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