Are you still using that super cool photo of yourself fly fishing in Idaho as your LinkedIn profile photo or worse, not have one at all? Really? With more and more employers using LinkedIn, it’s more important than ever to have a great profile photo. Why? Your profile is more likely to be viewed if you have a photo, and even more likely to be viewed if you have a professional headshot. You don’t get a second chance of a first impression, and more than ever, that first impression is a virtual one.
Here’s some tips to get a great professional headshot:
1. Keep it current: If your photo is more than two years old, it’s time for a new headshot. Hairstyles change, we all age, and you want your potential employers and clients to recognize you when you meet them.
2. Fill the frame with your face: If an employer is looking through 150+ profiles named “John Smith” on their small tablet, they are not going to recognize you from a full body shot. You’ll want your face to fill most of the profile space.
3. Choose your expression wisely: Think about your audience. Are you seeking a new job? Are you looking for credibility with potential customers? Are you trying to put customers at ease by letting them know what a nice person you are? We recommend a gentle smile or the smile-with-your-eyes. Don’t look too serious, unless your audience needs to see that.
4. Choose a non distracting wardrobe: If you’re applying for a position in the Jimmy Buffet tour, then yes, by all means, rock that Hawaiian shirt. Otherwise, choose clothes that are non distracting to let you shine. Also, since your headshots will focus on your face, don’t wear anything too close to your chin. Wear colors that look good on you and if you don’t know, ask your closest girlfriends, they’ll be sure and tell you the truth.
5. Choose a neutral background: Keep the background as neutral as possible. We prefer white, grey or black. If you prefer to have an outdoor photo, use a background that won’t compete with you.
6. Use a Professional: You don’t get a second chance at a first impression and the investment in a professional headshot is always worth the cost. Professionals will be able to use creative lighting, great backdrops and give you clothing and posing tips to make you look your best.
If you’d like a professional headshot, give us a call! We love helping our clients put their best face forward! We even offer specials for groups of 5 or more individuals. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-774-0220 for more information.
Most of us use social media and the internet (probably too much). So when it comes to the hiring process, companies can do a quick internet search, look up your social profiles and learn quite a good deal about you.
But did you know they might be able to find out more than where you live and your pet names? In fact, with a new tool from Five Labs, they may be able to learn big things about your personality with the help of your Facebook profile.
Five Labs examines the linguistic content of Facebook wall posts, pulling key words to make strikingly accurate estimates about individual personalities.
The method is based on a study published by H. Andrew Schwartz and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania’s World Well-Being Project. An advisor to Five, Mr. Schwartz’s research on language and personality was featured in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) in September 2013.
The application’s predictions are based around the Big Five personality traits: the leading personality theory in modern psychology. According to the theory, personality is based on the following five characteristics: extraversion (how socially energetic you are), openness (how intellectually curious you are)., neuroticism (how easily you experience unpleasant emotions), conscientiousness (how dependable you are), and agreeableness (how cooperative you are).
If nothing else, it’s a fun tool and give you an excuse to waste more time on the internet. It even compares your profile with famous people and tell you what percentage you have in common. Melissa even found out that she’s 81% compatible with Oprah Winfrey! Now what are you waiting for? Go check it out!