You have 7 seconds to make a first impression. And nowadays, with the job search and recruitment process entirely digital, you may not have the advantage of your sparkling personality to make a great first impression. Instead, you have to rely on your virtual presence, and that includes a professional headshot. A professional headshot acts as a virtual introduction, the first aspect of your profile that employers see and make an instant judgment on. Think about your current LinkedIn profile picture— what kind of impression does it leave?
Your headshot is essentially the logo of your personal brand, the basis of your public image. Taking your image seriously with a professional headshot will demonstrate to employers that you care about and take pride in how you’re perceived, the same as showing up to an interview well-groomed and dressed professionally would.
Using a shadowy, blurry selfie as your profile picture is the equivalent of showing up to that interview in dirty sweatpants. A quality headshot conveys professionalism, and also gives people a preview of your personality.
Maybe you have a friend with a digital camera, or the latest iPhone, and think that might be good enough. But the truth is, the majority of us are not hyper-photogenic supermodels with perfect jawlines and no bad angles. A professional photographer that specializes in headshots will know the best way to position you, and use backdrops, color and lighting that are the most flattering. Their job is to make you look incredible.
You wouldn’t ask an unqualified friend to help you fix your car— you’d go to a mechanic. It’s the same with professional headshots. Not only will using a professional headshot portray you in the best light, but you’ll also feel more confident when it comes to applying for jobs and putting yourself out there. Having that boost of self-esteem might even inspire you to take more risks and overcome challenges.
Once you’ve decided to invest in a professional headshot, you’ll want to find a photographer who is patient and makes you feel comfortable. Because they understand how anxiety-inducing being in front of the camera can be. Alan Luntz is a lifestyle photographer in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs who takes pride in capturing candid moments. He also makes you feel comfortable during your session, so you end up with genuine, natural photos that showcase your incredible personality.
Whether you’re updating your LinkedIn profile, putting together a new CV for your job search, or looking to swap out those selfies on your dating profile for something more flattering, Alan Lutz can help. Contact Alan today to get started!