Etiquette Tip of the Week
Etiquette Tip of the Week: Showcase Your Best Face
Whether you are a college
student about to be launched into the working world or someone launched long
ago, consider your LinkedIn
Social networking site LinkedIn connects
people in business. Some people rack up 500+ connections and forget about it.
Stay active on LinkedIn
with current contacts and find new ones.
Put your best face
forward: some guidelines for your
1. Don’t overthink
No photo equals fewer opportunities. Don’t fuss over the perfect photo – you
will never have it. Pick up your phone and take it yourself. Remove your
2. Lose the third
Sometimes you see a slice of a significant other, cropped (unsuccessfully) out
of the photo. Maybe you two should spend some time apart.
3. Choose your props
I have seen a LinkedIn
photo of a person who is an advocate for animals, holding a baby.
I have seen a photo of a person who is an advocate for children, holding a dog.
Match your professional photo with your line of work.
4. Dress like you mean
Business casual is fine. But save the swimsuit photos for Facebook. Ditto for
the wedding dress. (“Join
my professional network… but I'll be thinking about my wedding.”)
5. Head shot or full
Some people look minuscule, in an effort to show a great background or set a
scene. Nothing wrong with that. My friend, a Veterinary Specialist at a large
university, is pictured with cows in her LinkedIn
photo. It’s awesome.
What else does your photo
say? Smiling: friendly, approachable. Unsmiling: solemn, serious. Big grin:
sassy. Posed: professional. Selfie: on the move. Black and white photos:
retro-hip. Tilted at a diagonal: confident, a little cocky.
Let your LinkedIn photo reflect
who you are professionally, and where you are going.
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