Employers are looking at your headshots online
Attention job seekers, especially those who haven’t looked for a job in a while: You NEED a headshot ASAP! It’s vital to have professional portrait photography if you want to improve your job hunt, especially because job searching has gone almost 100% online now, and most companies first check out your online presence — specifically LinkedIn — to get a feel for you before they reach out to you.
I have a friend who was job hunting and a company scouted her out and messaged her on LinkedIn. The funny thing was she initially thought the message was spam! But it turned out to be a real, legit interest in her profile, and she actually landed the job! This is why it is so CRUCIAL to have a headshot that will capture your true self and attract the employee you desire. Here’s how we can help!
Tip 1: Use a recent, close-up photo
Being clever does not always help in terms of job hunting, so it’s best to stick to a close up image that is looking directly into the lens (without props). It’s important to use a recent photo because you want to represent who you are NOW, especially if you the prospective employer will see you on zoom or in-person for an interview.
Tip 2: Select a high-quality, sharp photo with good light
All too often, job seekers use grainy, out-of-focus photos they cropped from a group picture. This usually happens because they don’t have professional portrait photograph or a headshot of just themselves that they’re proud of. Even if that cropped photo from a group pic is a flattering one, the message you’re giving is that that’s the best you can do. The more YOU take your headshot seriously, the more the employer will notice. A professional headshot will capture the best sides of you, so you don’t need to worry about how you look. And, we offer light facial retouch that looks completely natural.
Tip 3: Unless you play in a drama, don’t do drama
I’ve seen dozens of photos in which job seekers have very awkward poses that feel overly dramatic or just plain confusing. Unless you’re an actor, keep your headshot simple and natural. Because simple and natural are authentic and can still feel creative! We’ll help you mix up your poses in engaging and approachable ways (especially if you are in a creative field).
Tip 4: Dress the part
Consider your target audience and dress to impress THEM. Most of our clients don’t want to feel “old school” or appear stuffy. We suggest a solid color knit that fits tailored to the body. You can also throw on a jacket that structures and tailors the body. Wearing a knit UNDER a jacket can look great (no need for the traditional button-up).
Tip 5: Engaging and approachable WINS over appearance
If you appear engaging and approachable, that FAR exceeds physical perfection. Matter of fact, MORE people will notice you if you DON’T look perfect and overly retouched. Many of our clients wait until they have lost weight, get botox, and the list goes on. Don’t wait to do headshots, your future starts when you post your first headshot image. We’ll HELP you!
Kelly Weaver Photography’s team specialize in helping capture confident, successful-looking headshots for job seekers. After all the hard work it takes in submitting job applications and creating your resume, you definitely don’t want to lose interest from prospective employees because of your social media photo!