This is why you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo.
We have posted many times on why you need a professional LinkedIn profile photo. The benefits for your LinkedIn profile page and how it makes you look like a business professional. Well, once you have made the decision and commissioned a corporate portrait photographer to capture your professional LinkedIn profile photo, what else can you do with it? After you have uploaded it to your profile page, think of where else you use a photo of yourself. Ignore social media as most people use the dreaded selfie, and a pro-LinkedIn profile photo is not really suitable for Twitter or Instagram.
Most people appear on their company website, personal business site or on a blog. Here, your new profile photo can be uploaded as it is suitable as a corporate headshot, and all the benefits of uploading it to your LinkedIn page apply here as well. Just a note here: when you first commission a corporate portrait photographer, talk to them about where you want to use your new headshot and make sure they do not crop it too tightly in the camera. Ask them to shoot your corporate headshot wider than a standard LinkedIn profile photo. As on LinkedIn, your profile photo is very small, and therefore, you need a tighter crop. If you choose to use it elsewhere, then you might need a wider crop to fit in with current corporate headshot styles on the ‘about us’ or ‘meet the team’ company website page.
Another use is the increasingly popular style of adding a corporate headshot to your email signature. I first came across this idea working with an estate agent and thought what a brilliant idea. You have already paid for the professional LinkedIn profile photo; now put it to other uses. Seeing an email for the estate come in, you can see the face of the person you are dealing with. They look professional and have thought about getting a great first impression.