A profile picture is an important part of your LinkedIn profile. In this video, learn how to add a profile picture to your profile.
- [Instructor] The first thing that people will see when they land on your LinkedIn page is your profile picture. For this reason, I highly suggest that you take the time to add a profile picture that represents you the way you want to be perceived. LinkedIn members with a profile picture receive many more views and messages, so adding a photograph can be really important. Let's take a look at how to do this. Now, we've created an account for Julie Parker, but I want to navigate to her profile. And I can do that by going to the left hand side and clicking on her name, Julie Parker. This brings me to her profile page. And here's where we can go ahead and edit that profile picture. I can do this by clicking on the camera icon. I'll click that, and it brings up a pop-up box that says "No professional headshot needed! "Just something that represents you." This is important to mention because I've helped a lot of people with their LinkedIn profiles over the years who said that they didn't have a profile picture because they didn't have a professional headshot to use. Now, although you want to have a high quality picture that represents you well, don't let this be an obstacle. If you do have a professional headshot, use it. If not, current smartphones and cameras allow you to take high quality photographs which will work just fine. In this situation for Sharon I have a picture saved on my desktop. I'll navigate there by going to Upload Photo. And then from the desktop, I'll select that picture. It opens it up inside of the editor. And from here, I can drag to reposition it if I want. I can go ahead and zoom in or zoom out if I want. I can also straighten that picture or tilt it if I want. Down at the bottom, you have the crop option as well as filter where you can add in different filters or adjust some of the other things such as brightness, contrast, saturation, and more. Now, when you're done and you have it positioned just correctly here, you can go ahead and click Save Photo. So as you can see here, now Julie's profile picture appears on her LinkedIn account. When selecting a photograph for your account, these are a few things that you should consider. First of all, is it a recent photograph? You want people to be able to recognize you based on this picture. This means you'll probably need to update it every once in awhile. Proper framing. Ideally, you want people to see your face. You don't want to be zoomed too far out or too far in. Next is the quality of the picture. Although you don't need a professional headshot, you also don't want a blurry or pixelated one. Also, do you show professionalism? LinkedIn is a social media platform for professional connections. You likely want to have your photograph reflect this. Again, if you've already had a professionally done headshot, use that. However, you can easily take your own picture using a digital camera or smartphone. Just be conscious of the framing, the lighting, and the background.