Does your LinkedIn photo need updating?

When applying for new roles, your LinkedIn profile can very much determine whether you are successful or not. A key part of this, is of course your choice of picture. Even if you’re not currently looking for a new gig, you never know who might stumble across your profile so it’s best to make a good impression! The following blog should help you decide whether your LinkedIn photo needs updating…


1.You’re much younger than you are now

It’s one thing being a catfish on dating apps, but if your LinkedIn picture is outdated (i.e. you in your glory days, ten years ago) then you might want to save your employer a fright in the interview and upload a more recent one.


2. The main focus isn’t your face

Although we all love a beer in the sun or a cuddle with our dog, it’s best to keep your LinkedIn profile focused on you alone. Aim for a plain background and make sure your face takes up at least 60% of the photo – believe us, the hiring manager doesn’t need to see a full body shot from your Instagram. 


3.It’s overly posey 

Save your perfectly angled selfies for your Love Island application to ensure your LinkedIn profile picture is professional and sends out the right message. If you do opt for a selfie, make sure the lighting is good and there are no embarrassing dog filters obstructing your face. No pouting either…


4.It’s too serious 

While your LinkedIn icon should be professional, this isn’t a passport picture and you are allowed to smile! In fact, employers are more likely to interview someone who looks like they have a personality than a corporate robot, right? 


5.Is anyone there? 

Even if you’re not the most confident of the bunch, it’s important you don’t leave your LinkedIn anonymous. Uploading a profile picture allows your employer to get a sense of who you are, as well as putting a face to a name. 


Overall, having a professional, well-lit (and happy!) profile picture on LinkedIn should do the trick. 


We wish you all the best of luck in your job search – let us know if we can be of any help! Our specialist consultants have a wealth of experience in the public sector and are happy to share their wisdom…

Give us a call on 0203 8929 340 to have a chat or email us any queries via [email protected].


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