Select a professional photo for your profile and a suitable-sized background image that represents you professionally.
- [Instructor] In this video, we'll take a look at how to add a photograph and background image to your profile. First, let's take a look at how to add your profile picture. Now the photo that you use as your profile pic is often the first thing that people see when they navigate to your account, so you're going to want to make sure to use a quality photograph that portrays you in a professional manner. LinkedIn members who use a profile picture receive far more views than those that don't, so this is something that I believe is extremely important to do. Now in order to add a profile picture, I can click here on the camera icon.
When I do, it brings up my files, and I actually have a file in here for Tracy that I want to use for her profile picture. I'll click on that, and once it uploads, I can move it around and get it so that it fits inside of that circular cutout. Now you'll also have the option to zoom in and out if you want. This picture is already really zoomed in, so I don't want to zoom in any further. Now when I have the picture where I want it, I can click on Apply, and next LinkedIn allows me to change some of my profile information, which I'm not going to do here, but one of the things that on the bottom, it also asks if you want to update your network.
So if I had this checked, it would update my network that I've changed my profile picture, or made a change to my profile. In this case it doesn't matter because we don't have a network yet, however this isn't something that I would want to share. I wouldn't want to tell my network that I've changed my profile picture, so I'll click that as No, and then click Save. And Tracy has a profile pic now that looks professional, and it is a quality picture. When selecting a photograph for your account, there are a few things you should consider.
First of all is use a recent photograph. You want people to be able to recognize you based on this picture. This means you'll need to update it every once in a while. Also consider proper framing. Ideally you want people to see and recognize your face. You don't want to be too zoomed out so that you can see your whole body, but can't really make out your face. The next thing is the quality of the picture. You don't want to use a blurry or pixelated picture for this. Finally, professionalism. LinkedIn is a social media platform for professional connections.
You likely want your photograph to reflect this. If you've had a photo done professionally for work, I suggest using that. However, you can easily take your own picture using a digital camera or smartphone. Just be cognizant of the framing, the lighting, and the background. Next, let's take a look at how to change the background photo on your account. In the account we're creating, you'll see that there is a standard default background here. This one works just fine, but a great way to make your account pop and stand out is to add a customzied background photo.
I'm going to click on the Update background photo, which is a link right here, and it allows me to upload a photo. Now it's telling me that the ideal size for this image is 1536 x 768 pixels. Now it doesn't have to be exactly this, but that is the ideal size. I'm going to click here, and then on my Desktop I already have an image that I want to use of the California coastline, so I'll click that. You'll notice that it will upload now as that background photo.
I do have the ability to move it around if it's bigger than the given size, and I do want to move it so I see a little bit more of that water in the coastline, and I think right there looks good. So when I have it where I want it, I can click on Save. So I really like the new look of Tracy's page. She now has a profile picture as well as a customized background picture. I believe it's very important to add a profile picture as well as a background photo to help your profile stand out. When choosing a background photo, choose an image that's clear, professional, and fits the image that you're trying to convey.
- Creating an effective LinkedIn profile
- Configuring a public profile and profile URL
- Finding and adding connections
- Exploring messages
- Navigating LinkedIn Groups
- Following companies and influencers
- Exploring the feed
- Publishing articles
- Configuring privacy settings
- Exploring account types
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 02/16/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover exploring company insights and improving your search on LinkedIn.