You know you should be networking. You’ve heard most people land jobs this way, and yet, you dread it, avoid it or give up when you don’t get the results you are looking for. If these are your feelings toward networking, you aren’t alone. Most people dislike networking, however, your career success is dependent on the relationships you have with […]

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We've all seen the really bad LinkedIn profile images and we kind of know what to avoid.... Or do we? Here is a list of seven pictures that must never be used on your LinkedIn profile:  

1. Grainy or Pixelated

  A picture that is grainy in any way is not only annoying, it just looks bad. This happens when you don’t have enough light to take the picture, so it gives off kind of a dark unprofessional vibe. You want the image to be completely clear. Also, don’t crop an image of yourself out of a photo and resize it to the extent that it becomes pixilated. It is difficult for people to see what you actually look like and just looks like you don’t know how to resize a photo.  

2. The Self Portrait

  There is nothing wrong with taking your own profile picture. Just don’t make it look like you did. Photos that are obviously taken from your laptop or by holding your arm out and snapping a picture look hasty and unprofessional. Hire a photographer or use a timed setting on your camera to stand against a wall and snap one.  

3. Poorly Lit

  This goes back to not wanting to have a grainy or pixilated image. But even if the photo comes out well, you probably don’t want to have a dramatic or shadowy image to represent you professionally unless you work in the arts.  

4. Inappropriate for Your Industry

  Think about what a potential employer would be looking to hire and try to present yourself in that way. It’s great to have a creative or wacky profile photo of you’re a creative professional. If you’re a lawyer or accountant, potential employers and clients may want to move on to someone who comes off as more trustworthy and solid.  

5. Boring

  You definitely don’t want to be too flashy or crazy with your photo, but, at the same time, try to think of an image that is a little different from the common profile shot. Try using a lightly colored background or a physical location that speaks to your industry.  

6. Black and White for No Reason

  Black and white photos make great profile pictures, if they were meant to be in black and white. Don’t try to take a regular photo and make it look more professional or distinguished by simply switching it to black and white.  

7. Party Pic

  Using a picture of yourself in a social situation can be great. You will look relaxed, friendly and fun. However, make sure to choose wisely. Don’t use a photo of yourself with alcohol in hand or amidst a huge crowd of people.   

Bonus: No Picture

  The ultimate no-no is not uploading any kind of image to represent yourself! Any viewer to your page will most likely move along without a picture. Don’t you? So, if you don’t have a photo you like yet, use an image of anything, as long as it’s appropriate and follows the guidelines above.   And when you're done with your picture, time to have a look at your professional email signature. This is a guest post by Kimberly Wilson. If you would like to write a guest post, check out our Accredited Online Colleges, she writes on topics including career, education, student life, college life, home improvement, time management etc.   Image credit Calamity Photography

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Would you vote “yes” or “no” for independence? Allowing recruiters to run their own P+L desk? We are all glued to our screens at the moment as to whether Scotland will vote in favour of becoming an independent nation on Thursday 18th September (those reading this after the vote will realise I am writing this before the result). I understand the […]

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Is being a public speaker freaking you out? You’re not the only one! Having to go in front of an audience to deliver a speech is very stressful. Not only do you have countless pairs of eyes staring at you, but you also have to make sure you’re delivering seamlessly, looking professional plus everything else. Stressing out before a speech or […]

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Have you met Aimee Bateman? Aimee is the founder and host of CareerCake.com. As an ex-recruiter, Aimee has seen and experienced some of the funniest and most exciting stories, and in the first of this #MeetMonday series, she shares some of them with us. In the first of this #MeetMonday series, we ask Aimee about cover letters, resume howlers and much […]

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