The Do’s and Don’ts of Headshots

Posted by: Matt Nagler, Managing Partner
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Matt Nagler

In today’s connected world, someone you work with, or for, is looking at your online profiles. Making sure the image that you are projecting is professional is imperative. If you aren’t looking for a job, it lets your employers and peers know that you appreciate the fact that the image you are putting into the world reflects not only on you, but also on your company. It’s also good business sense. According to a recent MarketWatch Report, the average workers stays in the same job for 4.6 years. Maintaining a professional online profile means that the best you is always in front of your current and prospective future employers.

So how do you make sure that the first impression you give is a good one? By focusing on your image – your literal image. All of the social media platforms – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter – make your image public. Which means it’s not just the first thing people see, it’s the thing they’ll see most often.

Do: Smile. Smiling has been proven to make people feel more comfortable with the person they’re looking at. And if you need to dazzle people with more than your smile, you can tell them that British photographers used to tell people to say “prunes” not “cheese.” Smiling now?

Don’t: Make eyes at the camera. Flirting, frowning, looking too serious – they’ll all come across as off-putting in photos.

Do: Let your personality come through. Trying to look like someone you’re not or dressing in a way that’s uncomfortable will make your pictures uncomfortable as well.

Don’t: Pose with your pets. What you want people to see is your best, and most professional, self. You can talk about your hobbies and pets when you’re asked about your outside interests during interviews.

Do: Make sure your clothes are neat and professional. Solid colors and subtle jewelry look better in photographs as patterns distract the viewer’s eye away from your face.

Don’t: Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt unless you’re looking for work in Hawaii. Red, yellow and white can make you look pale and cast you in an unflattering light, so don’t wear them next to your face.

Do: Let us help. Join us on May 6 in our Woburn office and get a professional headshot by Bill Truslow Photography compliments of BANK W Holdings, Alexander Technology Group, KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting, The Nagler Group and Sales Search Partners. Learn more and register here.

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