The Perfect LinkedIn Headshot Engages Potential Connections

In less than 1 second, you made your first impression according to Vanessa Van Edwards, a human behavior expert. More and more often, first impressions are being made online with our LinkedIn headshots. 

Our LinkedIn headshots are where each person's eyes spend their first second on our LinkedIn profiles.

We might be in our pajamas watching Netflix when someone visits our profile. They might be a great connection if they choose to reach out to us. They might offer us a job, connect us to someone who can hire us, or become a trusted advisor. 

The only control we have over that first impression is which picture we upload. Have we invested in a high-end headshot, or are we using a picture of us from a vacation?

What does our LinkedIn headshot say about us?

Does it convey confidence, competence, and approachability?

Would someone want to do business with us based on the picture? Does it show us as a confident person who is capable in our areas of specialization? Does it instill confidence in the viewer that we are trustworthy and reliable?

Would someone want do business with us? 

Does it look like we're a killjoy or does it look like we might have fun at some point in a 24-hour day? Do we look like we'd be a bore? 

Would someone want to hang out with us? 

The perfect LinkedIn headshot will create a feeling of connection between the viewer and you, even though you have no idea your profile is being viewed by your future business partner, boss, or client.

If our LinkedIn profile picture is of us in front of the Disneyland castle, and our whole bodies take up 10% of the picture, there will be no feeling of connection. If we have a fake smile plastered on our faces, we won't make the connection. 

Check out the other eight characteristics of the perfect LinkedIn headshot.

My name is Jon Meadows, and I am the headshot photographer and expression coach at High-End Headshots based in Washington, D.C. I am honored to be an associate headshot photographer of Peter Hurley, who runs the Headshot Crew.