As our workplaces and job market become more virtual, we depend more and more on social media to connect with people. This includes professional contacts, like recruiters and potential employers. And these virtual connections are capable of determining how your first in-person meetings with people will go.

If you are looking to make the best professional connections, there’s no place like LinkedIn to do that. And your profile picture is one of the vital elements for making these connections.

So how do you know if your LinkedIn profile picture is good? You can try the new Snappr Photo Analyzer to see if you have a picture that fits the latest research for conveying the best impression.

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Analyzing Your Smile

One of the central elements of Snappr’s Photo Analyzer is that it can look at your smile and tell how good your smile is. This is crucial to your professional future. A good smile can open doors, and a bad smile can leave you shut out. It’s an essential part of your personal brand. So what matters about your smile?

First, you’ve got to have one. You might think that in a professional picture you should be serious, but the truth is that people will respond to your smile, even if they’re looking to hire someone for serious work, they want someone they feel they can work with, and that’s what your smile shows. So lift the corners of your mouth and show your teeth.

But you want to make sure that you’ve got the right kind of smile, too. One peril is having a smile that’s called a laughing smile, in which the top and bottom teeth don’t come together. If it looks like you’re laughing, it changes the perception of your smile. You move from being relatable to casting doubts on your competence.

The thing is: dark teeth, gaps between teeth, and missing teeth can also give this same impression. People judge your competence based in part on the health of your smile, so if your smile is showing these kinds of defects, it could be bad.

The Rest of the Face and Other Elements

Of course, the Photo Analyzer isn’t just focused on your smile. It also looks at the rest of the face, as well as the composition and editing.

Other key issues to your face are the jawline and the degree of squint in your eyes. Your jawline is defined by the shadow under your chin, and it’s crucial to conveying the right characteristics. A strong jawline can convey youth, health, and vigor.

The squinch is a little bit counterintuitive: you should look like you’re squinting just a little bit. Fully open eyes make you look uncertain, but a little squint gives you a bit of vision and focus.

The Photo Analyzer also looks at different elements of the composition and editing of the picture. It looks at the zoom level (the picture should show the upper part of your body: shoulders, neck, and head), the rule of thirds, the background, and more aspects of the picture. And it looks at editing variables including brightness, contrast, saturation, and color temperature.

What If You’re Uncomfortable with Your Smile?

So obviously this tool shows how crucial your smile is to getting the perfect LinkedIn photo. But what can you do if you are unhappy with your smile and don’t want to show it. You could try using a photo without much of a smile, and maybe you’ll beat the odds.

But if you’ve been trying that, and it’s not working, maybe it’s time to consider a smile makeover.

If you’d like to learn more about smile makeovers, please call (201) 343-4044 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at River Edge Dental, New Jersey’s center for general & cosmetic dentistry.