Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a custom background image, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
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- The final portion of your profile that you might want to consider customizing before you actually start putting it out there that you have a LinkedIn profile is something called your background photo. This is something that's relatively new to LinkedIn so I want to cover it completely. Right up here at the top of your profile, you'll notice this link that says, "add a background photo." Much the same as on Facebook or Twitter, you have the ability to add a header image of sorts to your LinkedIn profile. If you're working for a company there may be social media guidelines in place for what the header image should look like. If you're an independent person, this photo should be something that represents you and what you do.
Remember, LinkedIn is a professional environment, so therefore, nothing out of the ordinary should be up here in this profile photo section. You should do something that's professional, but yet reflects your personality in some way. In this case, I'm gonna click add background photo. Before I click on it though, notice when I hover over it it tells me to use a JPEG, PNG, or GIF, under eight megabytes in size. The resolution of 1400 by 425 pixels will look the best. So, if you have an imaging editing application, like Adobe Photoshop for instance, you can make yourself a 1400 by 425 image and then craft it to look its best.
The only thing that's really concerning is the fact that there's a limited amount of space where this image is actually going to show through. So if you have any pertinent information: URLs, taglines, et cetera, make sure that it fits somewhere in this blank space. I'll show you what I mean in just a second. Let's click add background photo. And on my desktop I have a banner for Two Trees creative. If I hit choose, that's going to upload that to LinkedIn, and you're gonna see it pop up on my profile. I can then change the position of it by clicking and dragging. See it moves up and down just a little bit. I've sized this banner to fit exactly as it should.
Once I have that, all I have to do is click save. That's going to save it to my profile and now I have the Two Tree creative banner across the top of my profile. If you don't like this or you don't like the fit of it, you can always go up to the top, hit edit background and you can save it, change it or simply remove it. This is just another way of customizing your LinkedIn profile to show a little bit more about who your are, where you work, or what you do.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account