You’ve got a succinct headline, an impressive resume, endorsements, and supporters singing your praises on the platform. But none of that matters if people are scrolling right past your LinkedIn profile. One way to get potential connections and recruiters to linger longer and actually learn about you is to hook ‘em with an intriguing header graphic that visually and instantly communicates your passions and strengths. And guess what? Most people aren’t taking advantage of the customizable headers on LinkedIn, so this is your chance to stand out in a sea of sameness.
Your LinkedIn cover photo should showcase your personality and when possible, relate to your field. Keep in mind that the bottom left corner of your image will be obscured by your profile photo so keep the important parts of the image and any text to the center or right. We created 10 customizable Spark Post graphics to help get you started branding yourself on the platform. Simply click the image to make it your own!
Highlight Your Passions
You’re more than your job experience and that’s increasingly important to job recruiters who scour the social media profiles of candidates to determine culture fit. Promote your other social media profiles here or use your cover photo as a space to highlight your interests in and out of work. Not only will it draw in other people in your field, but it instantly makes you more than just another number in a hiring database. Being memorable is an important step in earning opportunities.
If you list your interests or social handles, be sure to set the text in a readable font and align it the right.
Showcase Your Crusade
Are you looking to work for a company that shares your values? Or perhaps you’re looking to connect with other like-minded social crusaders. Infusing your accounts with the causes you’re passionate about will help draw in connections that can help you make a difference.
Use Your Location
Sum Up Your Skills in One Infographic
While no easy task, if you can articulate what makes you you, you’ll make the recruiter’s job that much easier—and give yourself a leg up on the competition. To get close to summing up your value in a couple words and images, consider what core strengths you bring to the table. A venn diagram is a great way to visually communicate the intersection of your strengths.
Belong to Your Field
Whether it’s science, humanities, business. or the arts claiming your space as a key contributor to these worthy areas is a great way to establish immediate recognition from experts and recruiters in the field.
Assert Your Taste
Never underestimate the power of doing something differently. The shots of crisp workspaces and landscape photography are safe LinkedIn go-tos, but they’ve been done before. What about a trendy portrait from an interesting angle, or an interesting texture or color gradient? Search for photos that grab attention but reinforce your overall personal brand. Spark Post has thousands of professional photos free to use—and you can search by mood or aesthetic.
Spruce up your LinkedIn profile in seconds with a compelling graphic. Spark Post has hundreds of more templates in the app you can use as starting points.