Pictures speak a thousand words and are often the first thing a person sees when they encounter your social media. With a rise in online recruitment for jobs, professional photos have become increasingly important for the average job candidate. Even if you’re not a model or an actor looking to land a new gig, it’s still a good rule of thumb to keep your image consistently clean and professional across all platforms. It helps with positive branding.
A 2017 survey from CareerBuilders found that 70% of employers vet their hiring candidate social media profiles. Along with being mindful of the content that you post, making that first impression with your profile picture is more important than you may realize. Everyone needs a professional headshot, even if it’s just for your LinkedIn profile. Do you have a personal blog? They probably found that too. The American Marketing Association released an article earlier this year describing professional headshots as a calling card, “Business cards are out, headshots are in. It puts a face with a name.”
A few suggestions for a high-quality headshot:
- Keep your headshots updated, at least yearly or as often as you change your look.
- Keep your background clean and simple.
- Convey an approachable, yet confident look
Don’t trust yourself to get it right through a selfie? You can always hire a professional. Professionals will always make you look good, coach you on posing if you’re camera shy. Headshots usually start at $99 dollars.
Now, if you think that’s a little steep, you’re actually in luck. Christopher Palmer Photography and Vivid Images are coordinating a networking event on September 15th called “Headshots & Chill”. You will be able to get two professionally edited photos for $40. There will be an on-site makeup artist, vendor tables and special guest speakers.
Level up your social networking game on and offline with “Headshots & Chill.”