The 10 Worst LinkedIn Profile Pictures Ever

The 10 Worst LinkedIn Profile Pictures Ever

Scritto da Giorgio Minguzzi il 5 marzo 2015

Your LinkedIn photo is your primary ambassador to the world. Let’s look at the 10 worst types of photos you MUST avoid when choosing your LinkedIn profile picture.

THE PARTY ANIMAL

THE PARTY ANIMAL
Using a picture of you in a relaxed situation can be a great idea. However, choose carefully. Avoid pictures in a crowd and avoid shots where you are holding a glass or bottle of alcohol.

THE THROWBACK

THE THROWBACK
You need to ban all photos from your graduation, your wedding or your military service. Basically, any pictures that do not represent you as you are today. Yes, also the one when you still had hair.

THE HAPPY PARENT

THE HAPPY PARENT
Your beloved baby isn’t appropriate in your business pictures and neither is your puppy. Buyers aren’t interested in your family life; they are more interested in evaluating you as a reliable supplier.

THE ADVENTURER

THE ADVENTURER
If you are a passionate hunter, birdwatcher or hiker, spare everyone the pictures of your adventures into the wild. Pictures with weapons are definitely off-limits. This category also includes pictures of your volunteer activities. There is a dedicate LinkedIn section to show everybody you are a good Samaritan.

THE SPORTSMAN

THE SPORTSMAN
I’m sure there will be enough space in the hobby section of your profile to demonstrate your love for your favourite sport. So, unless you are a professional athlete, avoid using that action shot for LinkedIn.

THE DARK SIDE

THE DARK SIDE
Don’t appear too gloomy or too serious. Don’t go overboard with the dark tones. Most people won’t understand Gothic or dramatic pictures. People might mistake you for a recluse or someone unstable.

THE TOP MODEL

THE TOP MODEL
If you are good-looking, this is a plus. Good for you! Except when it becomes a show. Avoid using your profile picture to showcase your professional photo shoot. If you are a real model, you can upload your shoots on SlideShare and then link it to your profile.

THE SECRET AGENT

THE SECRET AGENT
Leave your sunglasses at home. If you aren’t planning on doing business with a group of criminals, you don’t have to look like one of Tarantino’s reservoir dogs.

THE GEEK

THE GEEK
NO, NO, NO you can’t upload your digital avatar as a profile picture and please avoid using that picture of you at the last cosplay or comicon meetup you were at!

THE CHRISTMAS HAT

THE CHRISTMAS HAT
During the Holiday Season, don’t upload a profile picture of you with a Santa Claus hat. It’s just cheesy.

Note for the readers: None of the pictures you saw are actually on LinkedIn. I replaced the original ones with other very similar ones released with a Creative Common Licence on Flickr. This was done to protect the professionals. I don’t want to point any fingers, just help my subscribers build their LinkedIn profiles.

Flickr CC:
1. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jirka_matousek/8428626784
2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/archangel12/7840552268
3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/crazycups/9970445303
4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ravangell/10804167766
5. https://www.flickr.com/photos/amyashcraft/4525422075
6. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/3289448299
7. https://www.flickr.com/photos/53199633@N02/8252863293
8. https://www.flickr.com/photos/65229106@N05/10401587345
9. https://www.flickr.com/photos/phantom_dark/9586945552
10. https://www.flickr.com/photos/revstan/4222009847
COVER https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisschoenbohm/11042665216

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