I recently put together this presentation on selecting the perfect profile photo. Since producing it, I've thought of a few other things to avoid with your profile photo. 


  • A drawing or cartoon of you. Given how people can look through images of university alumni, colleagues within companies, etc., you want people to recognize you in your photo to maximize the chance they'll reach out and connect with you. 
  • A photo of you with family members and friends when they are also shown. If there's more than one person in your profile photo, it may be confusing to people; viewers must determine which individual pictured is associated with the connected LinkedIn profile. 

My presentation: Selecting the perfect LinkedIn profile photo