Buzzwords such as “Personal Branding” and “Business Identity” are becoming ever more popular in the professional world. One of the primary components of a brand or identity is the profile picture. If you need to be convinced of the validity of this importance, have a read of any number of articles, such as the ones from The Wall Street Journal or Inc. Alright, now that they've done the easy part of telling you why, I’m going to give you the how. Here’s my Top 5 Tips for a Professional Profile:

1. Take a Quality Photo 

Nothing says amateur as clearly as an unclear photo. Ditch the pixely, cropped iPhone picture from that party two years ago and take a decent, well lit photo of yourself. It doesn't necessarily have to be taken by a professional photographer...

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of LinkedIn and it’s benefit to professional networking and career branding. Did you know it’s also an incredible tool for you job search? A fact that they promote by providing a free, monthly, 60-minute webinar, that teaches you the strategies and best practices to leverage LinkedIn to land your next dream job.

To sign up for an upcoming webinar, or download the previous webinar videos and slides, go to http://learn.linkedin.com/jobseeker

I sat-in on the most recent webinar and put together an outline summary of what was discussed...