Apr 11, 2016 03:14 AM EDT

LinkedIn Profile Tip: 8 Types of Photos You Should Never Use

By Jane Reed

LinkedIn has become the go-to professional social media site for career builders. As with all social media networks, users need to upload pictures and spruce up their profiles. However, there are some do's and don'ts when it comes to putting up a profile on LinkedIn. Such as, the type of picture you use on your account for example. According to Entrepreneur, "LinkedIn doesn't play when it comes to professional profile pics and neither should you."

If LinkedIn finds it inappropriate, the site has the right to pull that picture out. So how do you make sure the primary picture you use on your profile is appropriate?

Here are 8 types of pictures you should not upload on LinkedIn:

1. #Selfie in the mirror pic - Selfies and bathroom snaps are way too casual and revealing for LinkedIn.

2. Too much filter overkill pic - Filters are fun but too much is really too much. Don't use them all and not on LinkedIn. Potential employers and recruiters want to see the real you.

The "I'm so serious I hate life" pic - Never post a profile pic that makes you look incredibly intense. Instead, post a happy (but not too I-just-won-the-lottery happy) headshot that shows off what Richard Branson calls your "competitive advantage," your smile.

4. The beyond blurry pic - Why post a picture if it's blurred? If your headshot is fuzzy or pixelated, use a different and clear picture. Employers shouldn't squint at your profile.

5. The full-body action pic - Full body shots are not an ideal primary picture. Headshots are advisable and doesn't have the weird factor of showing you doing karate kicks. The headshot vibe makes it and remains professional.

6. The 'Say hello to my kitty' pic - There's no need to pose with your cat (unless you're a vet). Save the primary picture for you and you alone.

7. The 'Oops, I cropped my shot' pic - Try to show your whole face. Don't crop the top of your head or your chin.

8. The default LinkedIn silhouette pic - Employers aren't hiring silhouettes.

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