Is Your LinkedIn Profile PICTURE As Good As These 14 Real Examples?

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I’m a big fan of self-expression. Everyone has the right to do their own thing, we are all unique in our own way. Choices have consequences. I’ve found 14 actual LinkedIn Profile Pictures which all send a message. I’ll let you decide if they were good choices!

 

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I don’t know if Rob was channeling his inner Jack Nicholson but in my view the similarities are striking:

 

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MATCH THE PIC
Ok…..Let’s play match the picture to the comment. The first reader to match all 14 correctly wins a LinkedIn Profile Makeover from yours truly ($275 value). Match the above Profile Pictures with the following comments, the first picture in the list is #1 and so on

 

“You can find me at the bar”
“You can find me outdoors”
“This is me and snuggles”
“Here’s Johnny!”
“Barn-y”
“Headshot”
“I’m So Excited”
“Heisenberg I presume?”
“Me & The Mayor”
“Let’s Dance”
“Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”
“Brrrrrrrrr”
“Gun Show”
“Seeing Double”

 

Here’s the official line from LinkedIn:

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Clearly, the guidelines are not strictly enforced.

 

MY ADVICE
LinkedIn is a PROFESSIONAL networking site, everything you do, add or write on the platform will be seen by hundreds and in your lifetime, thousands of fellow professionals. Now ask yourself, are you putting your best foot forward? A photograph is worth a thousand words. Don’t add a photograph on your LinkedIn Profile which leaves people lost for words or confused. Use a photograph of you (not you and your pet, friend, family, celebrity etc.). Get it taken professionally if you can’t find a good photo of yourself. Don’t have anything distracting in the background (including signage – the box is too small for that). A plain black or white backdrop emphasizes and frames your face well. Ensure that the image is sharp (in focus). Proportions? Ideally – you want your face to be centered and to almost fill the box. Smile or don’t but above all look confident and ready!

 

ROI (Return On Investment)
LinkedIn shows all of its users how many times their Profile has been viewed and searched. I’ve written about the important difference between these two metrics and I’ve explained why you should be focusing on views rather than searches to measure your success in my recent blog post: “Measure Your LinkedIn ROI With Views Not Searches

 

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That’s all from me for this week. Have you noticed that I have no advertising on my site? It’s because I don’t want to bother or distract you, the reader. But I do need advertising! – if you liked what you read, PLEASE share this article with at least one person you know via LinkedIn, twitter, google+ or Facebook, it’s good to share 🙂

By Andy Foote

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50 Responses

  1. @eileen1732 says:

    Is Your LinkedIn Profile PICTURE As Good As These 14 Real Examples? | linkedinsights http://t.co/jo8gi6v5OE via @linkedinsights1

  2. Andrea says:

    First off Andy,

    I love that you did this. I don’t agree with your choices, but I love that you did this. Each of us has to determine what we want our photo to say about us, and our intentions on LinkedIn.

    For me, I wanted my photo to say “bright, cheerful, approachable, and warm”. Some would want theirs to say intelligent…others discerning…some maybe even cut-throat. The point is – your photo may be (I believe it is) even more important than your resume in determining if someone will reach out to you.

    What do you think your photo says?

    Andrea

  3. Jenna says:

    “You can find me at the bar”- #6
    “You can find me outdoors”- #9
    “This is me and snuggles”- #2
    “Here’s Johnny!”- #14
    “Barn-y”- #1
    “Headshot” -#3
    “I’m So Excited”- #12
    “Heisenberg I presume?” -#4
    “Me & The Mayor”- #13
    “Let’s Dance”-#11
    “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”-#5
    “Brrrrrrrrr”- #10
    “Gun Show”-#8
    “Seeing Double”- #7

  4. Katie Walsh says:

    6 – “You can find me at the bar”
    9 – “You can find me outdoors”
    2 – “This is me and snuggles”
    14 – “Here’s Johnny!”
    1 – “Barn-y”
    5 – “Headshot”
    3 – “I’m So Excited”
    4 – “Heisenberg I presume?”
    13 – “Me & The Mayor”
    11 – “Let’s Dance”
    12 – “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”
    10 – “Brrrrrrrrr”
    7 – “Gun Show”
    8 – “Seeing Double”

  5. Tyler says:

    I love when my contacts have animal farm photos… Here’s my attempt

    1. Bart Rylander – “Barn-y”
    2. Shawana McLiesh – “This is me and snuggles”
    3. Andy Hershey – “I’m So Excited”
    4. Ken Johnson – “Heisenberg I presume?”
    5. Steve Milne – “Headshot”
    6. Jon Mullin – “You can find me at the bar”
    7. Natausha Bly – “Seeing Double”
    8. Rick Harper – “Gun Show”
    9. Adam Broadbent – “You can find me outdoors”
    10. Tom Carter – “Brrrrrrrrr”
    11. Daniel Chege – “Let’s Dance”
    12. Kimberly Smith – “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”
    13. Richard Young – “Me & The Mayor”
    14. Rob Russo – “Here’s Johnny!”

    • Andy Foote says:

      CONGRATS to Tyler for winning the Match the Comment contest! He was first to match all pics with the relevant comments. I’ll be in touch with you in the next few days to give you the prize: a customized LinkedIn Profile Analysis with Recommendations. My thanks to everyone who entered into the competition, better luck next time and thanks for reading the blog 🙂

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  7. Darrill says:

    1 – “Barn-y”
    2 – “This is me and snuggles”
    3 – “I’m So Excited”
    4 – “Heisenberg I presume?”
    5 – “Headshot”
    6 – “You can find me at the bar”
    7 – “Seeing Double”
    8 – “Gun Show”
    9 – “You can find me outdoors”
    10 – “Brrrrrrrrr”
    11 – “Let’s Dance”
    12 – “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”
    13 – “Me & The Mayor”
    14 – “Here’s Johnny!”

  8. Matt says:

    1 “Barn-y”
    2 “This is me and snuggles”
    3 “I’m So Excited”
    4 “Headshot”
    5 “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”
    6 “You can find me at the bar”
    7 “Seeing Double”
    8 “Gun Show”
    9 “You can find me outdoors”
    10 “Brrrrrrrrr”
    11 “Here’s Johnny!”
    12 “Let’s Dance”
    13 “Me & The Mayor”
    14 “Heisenberg I presume?”

  9. Bob says:

    Andy, I’d have to say

    “You can find me at the bar” – #6
    “You can find me outdoors” – #9
    “This is me and snuggles” – #2
    “Here’s Johnny!” – #14
    “Barn-y” – #1
    “Headshot” #5
    “I’m So Excited” – #3
    “Heisenberg I presume?” – #4
    “Me & The Mayor” – #13
    “Let’s Dance” – #11
    “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?” – #12
    “Brrrrrrrrr” – #10
    “Gun Show” – #8
    “Seeing Double” – #7

  10. Andy – I always appreciate your articles; thanks for the constant reminders. As for your quiz, I may have too much time on my hands today:

    6, 9, 2, 14, 1, 5, 3, 4, 11, 13, 12, 10, 8, 7

  11. “You can find me at the bar” – John Mullin
    “You can find me outdoors”- Adam Broadbent
    “This is me and snuggles” – Shawna McLeish
    “Here’s Johnny!” – Rob Russo
    “Barn-y” – Bart Rylander
    “Headshot” – Steve Milne
    “I’m So Excited” – Andy Hershey
    “Heisenberg I presume?” – Ken Johnson
    “Me & The Mayor” – Richard Young
    “Let’s Dance” – Daniel Chege
    “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?” – Kimberly Smith
    “Brrrrrrrrr” – Tom Carter
    “Gun Show” – RIck Harper
    “Seeing Double” – Natashua Bly

    Did I win? Did I win???

  12. Jessica Krough says:

    Great advice.
    Thanks for sharing.

    #6 You can find me at the bar”
    #9 “You can find me outdoors”
    #2 “This is me and snuggles”
    #14 “Here’s Johnny!”
    #1 “Barn-y”
    #5 “Headshot”
    #3 “I’m So Excited”
    #4 “Heisenberg I presume?”
    #11 “Me & The Mayor”
    #13 “Let’s Dance”
    #12 “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”
    #10 “Brrrrrrrrr”
    #8 “Gun Show”
    #7 “Seeing Double”

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  14. DIANA says:

    Andy’s photo says “deep thinker” 🙂

    Good article, the photos you found are hilarious

    Diana

    • Peter Wenham says:

      Good, useful topic – I was meaning to tell some of my colleagues/friends not to post pics of themselves in T Shirts with babies on their shoulders and suchlike! This isn’t Facebook, this is for professional/business people!

      Didn’t know it was supposed to be a headshot tho (like a pport foto ?? – agh!) – will try to find a better one of mine.

      As for Andy, he looks too young to be a deep thinker, so comes across as cocky and trying to be quizzical.. but apparently he does have some good insights!

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  17. Tasha says:

    Here are my guesses:

    “You can find me at the bar” – #6 Jon Mullin
    “You can find me outdoors” – #9 Adam Broadbent
    “This is me and snuggles” – #2 – Shawna McLiesh
    “Here’s Johnny!” – #14 Rob Russo
    “Barn-y” – #1 Bart Rylander
    “Headshot” – #5 Steven Milne
    “I’m So Excited” – Ken Johnson
    “Heisenberg I presume?” – #3 Andy Hershey
    “Me & The Mayor” – #11 Daniel Chege
    “Let’s Dance” – #13 Richard Young
    “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?” – #12 Kimberley Smith
    “Brrrrrrrrr” – #10 Tom Carter
    “Gun Show” – #8 Rick Harper
    “Seeing Double” – #7 Natausha Bly

    These are all pretty awkward, some more so than others. You gave away Here’s Johnny–not sure how to fix one’s own creepy grin, but he could definitely have avoided the super close crop. He’s probably just trying to avoid showing off bald spots. 🙂

  18. Jessie Lucien says:

    Ooh I love playing Match The Pic:
    “Barn-y”
    “This is me and snuggles”
    “I’m So Excited”
    “Headshot”
    “Heisenberg I presume?”
    “You can find me at the bar”
    “Seeing Double”
    “Gun Show”
    “You can find me outdoors”
    “Brrrrrrrrr”
    “Let’s Dance”
    “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Woman?”
    “Me & The Mayor”
    “Here’s Johnny!”

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  30. Michal Lusk says:

    Andy, thanks for your fun treatment of the serious subject of LinkedIn profile photos! Personally, I love a profile photo that, in addition to looking professional, gives a little glimpse into who that person is. I scrolled through my contacts, and saw many very professional looking head shots. What stands out are the ones that have just a little more character. Yours is a good example. I also like Kyle Dillingham’s LI photo. And I was relieved that you didn’t include my current photo (taken at the beach) in you list of not-to-dos!

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  36. kathryn says:

    Andy,

    I agree with your points but have to say that your profile picture does not quite hit the mark. You have a distracting background and for some reason to me it looks as if you cut and pasted off a newspaper article.

    Also, since it is black and white it has a “you are older” and this is a picture from my past feel to it. Your face takes up all the space and has a “in your face” egocentric feel. Like you are shouting. Why don’t you post three photos and folks vote? Now that would be interesting.

    I do not mean to hurt any feelings as some of my pictures have been much worse……Kathryn

    • Andy Foote says:

      I’ll take that on the chin Kathryn (plenty of it..). I guess photographs evoke a variety of different reactions from people, depending on many factors. And because there are no hard and fast rules regarding photographs on LinkedIn (it just has to be a headshot according to the site rules), people can pretty much choose any pic they want. The point I was trying to get across – your choices have consequences which ultimately shape your success.

  37. We specialise in capturing LinkedIn profile photos for our London clients and try and incorporate elements of their business and personality within the portrait. We tend to avoid studio based shots which look too manufactured and advise clients even if they dont want to commission us we recommend they select their headshot very carefully. We had one CEO who was using a family photo of herself in a graveyard.

    • Andy Foote says:

      I think showing one’s personality is fine but what people often fail to do is choose a photograph that ‘works’ for all 3 of the LinkedIn sizes. The Profile picture is the largest, there’s also a ‘medium’ and ‘smal’l version used throughout the LinkedIn platform. So when people try to include a meaningful background or try to be clever by inserting branding – it’s completely wasted on the majority of their viewers! That’s why I tell my clients to ensure that at least 80% of your Profile pic ought to be facial. Your 1st priority is to be recognized. Everything else is secondary.

  38. Famous Alice says:

    Some how you missed the “Divorce Crop” my personal favorite! You know the ones where they just crop the other person out?

    • Andy Foote says:

      Indeed. I’ll add it to the second part of this blog post, featuring “Dressed like James Bond in the evening” “Cartoon Man” and other interesting choices….

  39. Sherry says:

    Hi there,

    I have a specific question for you. As a muslim woman I chose to wear a head covering. However, it always worries me that due to that my headshot will appear conservative or pushy. I realize that a lot of women are able to pull off professional head shots with just tilting their head and allowing their hair to kinda swing to the side, and that makes their picture appear fun and still professional. What suggestions do you have that I could use?
    Thank you,
    Sherry

    • Andy Foote says:

      Thanks Sherry. I think you’re over thinking this and it sounds like you have already found a solution (tilting and hiding your hair). Another solution would be to have your face nearly fill the frame and then people wouldn’t see your hair at all. Smile, look relaxed and ready for all challenges!

  40. Kieran says:

    Hello Andy,

    Thank you for your article. I found it very interesting. Indeed, it is important to put a professional photo on a network such as LinkedIn for different reasons.
    I have actually written an article on the same topic. I think we see eye to eye on this. If you want to discuss the subject, it would be a pleasure. I look forward to your future articles.
    http://www.esocialmedia.co.uk/2014/01/08/how-to-choose-a-linkedin-profile-photo/

    Kieran Hannon

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