LinkedIn is the world’s largest online professional networking site, and one of the world’s oldest social media sites. It is even older than Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

This social media site has stood the test of time, generating over 675 million members in over 200 countries, including 7+ million members in South Africa. LinkedIn has become the preferred site for recruiters, hiring managers and professionals, making it a great tool for career development, networking and personal branding. It has millions of job posts per annum and 50+ million companies are represented on the platform. LinkedIn is the most-used channel for recruitment efforts and it is 277% more effective at generating leads than Facebook and Twitter.

On LinkedIn, your profile photo and cover photo are important for your LinkedIn presence and personal branding. In fact, “just having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others”.

Your LinkedIn Cover Photo matters

Your LinkedIn Cover Photo is the first thing that appears when people view your profile. The ideal cover photo is professional and showcases your personality traits and/or personal philosophy.

7 Free Downloadable LinkedIn Cover Photos

The free cover photos below have been matched with personality traits and quotes to make the selection process easier.

LinkedIn Cover 1

Personality Traits: If you are relaxed, calm, organised, logical and/or practical, your personal philosophy and LinkedIn Cover photo should be #NeverStress.

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#NeverStress - LinkedIn Cover

Your quote: The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

LinkedIn Cover 2

Personality Traits: If you are optimistic, idealistic, persuasive and/or inspiring, your personal philosophy and LinkedIn Cover Photo should be #DoSomethingGreat.

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Your quote: You can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” – Condoleezza Rice

LinkedIn Cover 3

Personality Traits: If you are mature, cheerful, enthusiastic and/or peaceful, your personal philosophy and LinkedIn Cover Photo should be #IAmGrateful.

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Your quote: Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

LinkedIn Cover 4

Personality Traits: If you are aspiring, resourceful, focused and/or confident, your personal philosophy and LinkedIn Cover Photo should be #NeverSettle.

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Your quote: The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. – Maureen Dowd

LinkedIn Cover 5

Personality Traits: If you are patient, empathetic, caring and/or considerate, your personal philosophy and LinkedIn Cover Photo should be #YesYouCan.

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Your quote: If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. – Barack Obama

LinkedIn Cover 6

Personality Traits: If you are hardworking, energetic, courageous and/or dedicated, your personal philosophy and LinkedIn Cover Photo should be #NeverStop.

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Your quote: Evolving is very important. Reinventing is very important. To break what you have already done is very important. That growth should never stop. – Yami Gautam

LinkedIn Cover 7

Personality Traits: If you are reflective, purposeful and/or intuitive, your personal philosophy and LinkedIn Cover Photo should be #WeAreHowWeLive.

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Your quote: To make real change, you have to be well anchored in the belief that it can be done and in some real ways about who you are and what you can do. – Twyla Tharp

How-To add LinkedIn Cover Photo

Your Cover Photo appears behind your profile photo in your profile. You can’t upload or edit your LinkedIn Cover Photo from a mobile device (mobile app included), but you can make changes from the desktop site.

How to reposition, delete, or change a LinkedIn Cover photo

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Click View profile.
  3. Click the Edit icon in your profile.
  4. In the Edit intro pop-up window, click the Edit icon on the top right corner of the cover photo, and choose one of the following options: (i) Reposition to drag and reposition the image (option available on the image itself); (ii) Delete photo to remove the image; or (iii) Change photo to change the current background photo.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click Save.

Enjoy the LinkedIn Covers.