LinkedIn is one of the world’s best😎 professional social networks for showcasing your skills🔧, expertise, education, etc. to potential employers and recruiters. If you’re a recent graduate of a university🏫, we know it’s important🖋️ for you to let the world🗺️ know that you’ve completed your bachelor’s or master’s degrees and are ready to re-establish yourself in the workforce. Hence, this question often comes to your mind: Can I use⚒️ my graduation picture🖼️ on LinkedIn?
Use your graduation photos in your LinkedIn profile or not
Certainly, it’s very pleasant and full of pride for you who’ve waited for years to successfully complete the courses from a prestigious university🏫, to show off your success to your friends and family👪 via your pictures🖼️ at the graduation ceremony on social media📹 such as Instagram, Facebook, etc.
It might be a great idea💡 to replace your graduation photos🖼️ on your LinkedIn profile👨💼. Mightn’t it?
Maybe you’ve seen some LinkedIn users who’ve put a photo🖼️ of themselves in a graduation cap and dress as their LinkedIn profile👨💼 picture🖼️.
When you capture📹 that magical moment of graduation in a photo🖼️ and now you want to use⚒️ it on your LinkedIn page, according to some experts💡, it’s not a very wise thing to do, as well as doesn’t bring any special advantage to you.
Maybe that’s why employers and recruiters think🤔 you’re inexperienced and lack the necessary skills🔧 and qualifications for their job position as soon⏱️ as they see👀 this picture🖼️.
As mentioned on LinkedIn, believe it or not, many employers firmly believe that the vast majority of college🏫 graduates lack the main skills🔧 to land a variety of jobs.
Unfortunately, they don’t acquire job-related skills🔧 in their universities🏫, including face-to-face interpersonal relationships, work ethics, and so on.
You may be surprised that some individuals even without any university🏫 degree are known as the most successful entrepreneurs in their business💸 and more interestingly, they learned all their professional skills🔧 and expertise in the market and not in the university🏫.
Be honest with yourself! If you’re an employer and recruiter, which persons would you rather hire as your employee: people🧑🤝🧑 who put their graduation picture🖼️ on their LinkedIn profile👨💼 or those who chose a standard and professional photo🖼️ for their profile👨💼?
Which group👪 seems more professional and qualified to get your target🎯 job position?
Why and how should we choose the right photo for our LinkedIn profile?
As we all know, in order to be successful on LinkedIn and improve📈 the level of work and business💸 relationships, the first🥇 step, and in fact, the most important🖋️ step is that we have to create a professional and standard profile👨💼 using⚒️ the principles and rules of LinkedIn.
Bear in mind that your LinkedIn photo🖼️ is always one of the most significant elements of your profile👨💼.
It’s better to know that when recruiters or employers view your LinkedIn picture🖼️ for the first🥇 time⏱️, they may consider you as a top talent for the job they’re looking👀 for if you add an appropriate and acceptable picture🖼️ to your LinkedIn profile👨💼.
To begin with, we need to put a professional and appropriate photo🖼️ on our LinkedIn profile👨💼.
As a rule of thumb, it’s recommended that you choose the right picture🖼️ for your LinkedIn profile👨💼. This is because all company🏭 hiring managers check your profile👨💼 carefully on LinkedIn.
So, we strongly advise you to opt for your profile👨💼 picture🖼️ according to the traditional profile👨💼 picture🖼️ standards on LinkedIn and use⚒️ a professional headshot to receive more and better job recommendations, as well as avoid putting your family👪 photos🖼️ of events, celebrations, parties, etc.
What pictures shouldn’t we use for our profile photos?
According to LinkedIn, your profile👨💼 picture🖼️ can be removed by LinkedIn only if:
- You use a picture that doesn’t include your likeness or a headshot photo
- You use animal pictures for your profile photo
- You use the company logo for your profile photo
- You use landscapes pictures for your profile photo
- You use pictures related to text, words, or letters for your profile photo
- You use stock pictures and other images for your profile👨💼 photo.
How can I change the graduation picture on my LinkedIn profile?
As mentioned earlier, adding a good👌 profile👨💼 photo🖼️ will increase📈 your profile👨💼 credibility, because LinkedIn members will feel free to send you an invitation to connect⛓️ or accept your invitation when they see👀 your photo🖼️.
LinkedIn allows you to add, edit, change, and remove✂️ your profile👨💼 picture🖼️ from your profile👨💼 page whenever you want.
It’s worth mentioning that you can even change the visibility of your profile👨💼 picture🖼️ and choose who can see👀 your profile👨💼 picture🖼️.
To delete✂️ or change your graduation picture🖼️ on your LinkedIn profile👨💼, you need to follow these simple steps:
1. Click🖱️ the Me icon at the top right of your LinkedIn homepage.
2. Click🖱️ on the View Profile👨💼 tab.
3. Click🖱️ on your graduation picture🖼️ at the top left of your profile👨💼 page.
4. From the profile👨💼 picture🖼️ pop-up box, click🖱️ the Delete✂️ button.
At this step, instead of deleting✂️ your graduation photo🖼️, you can add another photo🖼️ to your profile👨💼. To do this, click🖱️ the Add photo🖼️ button.
From the add photo🖼️ pop-up box, you can use⚒️ your device’s camera to take a photo🖼️, or you can select a photo🖼️ from your computer🖥️ and then upload it.
5. To confirm the deletion of your graduation photo🖼️, click🖱️ on the Delete✂️ button from the opened box.
How can I use my graduation picture on LinkedIn?
Although LinkedIn is not a good👌 place to record your personal moments, you can publish your graduation pictures🖼️ as a post on LinkedIn so that all your friends, connections⛓️, followers, and others will know about your graduation on this platform.
Your profile👨💼 picture🖼️ always plays a key role in building your credibility as a candidate. So, going back to the first🥇 question you may have after graduation: Can I use⚒️ my graduation picture🖼️ on LinkedIn? As a recruiter, we highly recommend you never utilize a degree photo🖼️ in your LinkedIn profile👨💼.
Although you’re obviously eager to use⚒️ it as a fresh graduate, it can’t say anything regarding your potential skills🔧 and expertise in the professional world🗺️ of LinkedIn.