As you may or may not know, the majority of my previous life is in Information Technology or IT. Lately, I have been dealing with a few recruiters trying to pimp me out to IT jobs, so I have been spending a lot of time on LinkedIn. I’ve noticed that some headshots are ok, while some really need some help. Taking a look at some of the LinkedIn Headshots from A San Diego Photographers standpoint; let’s just say they’re some very interesting ones out there.
Ok, first rule, your headshot is your brand. Let’s face it, LinkedIn is the first place companies go when doing research on a potential candidate, next to Facebook and MySpace. Make sure you dress the part aka. look professional. Here are some additional tips that might help:
Hire a professional photographer. Don’t pull out your cell phone and take a selfie. Most good headshots will run you $150 to $300 per session. Since, you’re not an actor or actress you will more than likely not need them to be printed out, an electronic copy will work just fine. Ask the photographer for a digital copy.
A headshot is taken from the chest up, so you can get away with wearing jeans, if you are donning a jacket and tie.
For men, dress includes a suit and tie and please hang up the crushed velvet suit.
For women, a suit will work fine or a dress still looks nice, for business attire.
Remember your background. You don’t have to shoot in a studio, for your headshot. Depending on your job, you could shoot in your work environment.
Be yourself! You want to portray yourself, as close to the real you as possible. Don’t act like something you’re not.
Leave the props at home. Unless, you are modeling for some type of product, you do not need to take away attention from you.
Women and maybe men, less make-up is better. Remember, you are not hitting the town on a Saturday night. You are trying to look professional and entice someone to hire you.
It isn’t rocket science, just use common sense when taking your profile picture and remember what look you are trying to achieve. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars for a professional photographer; you can do it yourself. Just don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.