The Perfect LinkedIn Headshot Shows Our Faces

Can people see our eyes in our LinkedIn headshots immediately, before they click to enlarge it? Everyone says a picture is worth a thousand words, but how can we say we have a perfect LinkedIn headshot if people cannot see our eyes? 

The eyes are the window to the soul, even in a picture. 

Somewhere around 60% of the profile picture should be our faces, so people can connect with us, even when we have no idea they are on our profiles. 

Not only should it show our faces, but it should show our faces looking at the camera. We should look engaged with onlookers.

Think about the kind of shots where people are looking off to the side, or anywhere but the camera. The kinds that come to mind are fashion and beauty shoots. Those are not meant to connect professionals to other professionals.  

When we meet to do business, we shake hands with the person and look them in the face. Why wouldn't professionals' headshots be that close and personal? Viewing someone's profile should match meeting them in person in a professional environment.

That's why the perfect LinkedIn headshot will show your face. It's the first handshake and face-to-face, even if it is only one direction. Professionals are meeting us through our headshots.

Let's take a look at our headshots we're currently using. Does it show our faces prominently? 

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.