Picking up stitches for the neck

I am never satisfied with the look I get when picking up stitches for the neck of a sweater. Usually the left side looks better than the right. This must be because the decreases that shape the neck are different on the one side than on the other but I can’t figure out how to make them look smoother. I try to pick up the two loops on top that look like a crocheted chain - but again this easier on the one side than on the other. Any ideas?

I usually pick up stitches in the first full stitch from the edge rather than the very top layer.