Don’t take it personnally if I tell you to stop smiling.
This has nothing to do with you – well sort of. Smiling is great, but somehow, it does not always look good on camera. It can add wrinkles at the wrong places, create puffiness, and there’s also the everlasting question of ‘teeth or no teeth’.
So of course you want to try and show those pearls to the camera. But if it’s not too your advantage, don’t worry, it does not mean you should stop smiling. The culprit is the camera : it does add volume, distort the image and therefor, is not always the best reflection of your otherwise great smile.
This is not to say that you should like the saddest person on earth, but there’s a trick to look like you’re not about to kill yourself.
Remember the good times !
Think about good memories : it can be your wedding, that day when you keyed your neighbour’s ever badly parked car – who’s judging ?
Thinking happy thoughts is almost always going to show on your face. Your features are going to relax, you’re going to look more at ease, and there will an extra twinkle in your eye that will be the smile we’re looking for. And no extra wrinkles !
Some people recommend squinting, as if slightly blinded by the sun, and /or remembering something (well helloooooo summer of 1996!). That works too.
Don’t tilt your head to one side
You’re not a puppy or a kid begging for candy. It will look a bit cheesy, probably like you’re a grown up pretenting to be twelve and cute. And you’re not, you’re a full adult with plans and dreams and hopes and… ok, let’s not get carried away.
You don’t want to just stand there and stare right into the camera, and that’s absolutely fine. It will do no good either.
So instead of recreating a poster for one of Nicholas’s Whatever dude and gal fall in love, let’s rely on other tricks to get your best profile.
NB : those tips are likely to not work if you’re a zombie. But then you probably have other issues than getting your best profile on linkedin.