A picture is worth a thousand words and your professional photo says all about you! On a social network like LinkedIn, your picture may impact job hunters. It is all about the first impact.
You want a look that transmits credibility, confidence, and professional attitude. Below are some tips for reaching that objective:
- Use a recent photo. If recruiters are surprised when they meet you in person, it is because you have posted a misleading 10 year old photo of you.
- You are the subject in the photo and nothing else. Remove all clutter in the background. No group shots, children, pets, etc.
- Appear professional. Wear a business attire. This includes a suit, a nice haircut and a fresh shave. Never post a photo of yourself at the beach unless you are seeking a lifeguard career :)
- Your eyes should be in focus. I have seen many photos that are blurry even at this tiny size.
- Pick a Head Shot. The composition should be of only your head, neck, and a bit of your shoulders.
- Keep your head straight. Again, this is your professional photo, so you need to look confident and assertive.
- Lighting is key and shadows are bad. If you are not a photographer to know that, read the next tip...
- Hire the right photographer. Select someone who knows lights and shadows game, someone who can make you smile in a natural way, who can make you look accessible, and encourage others to engage with you.