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What Your Linkedin Headshots Should Look Like and Why You Need One

Are you currently at work reading about LinkedIn headshots? Might it be because you think you’re in need of one? Whether your last one was done using your smartphone or was a professional shot, there are a few things worth noting about your Linkedin Headshots. 

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Why Are They So Important?

You may be wondering why LinkedIn headshots are so important. After all, isn’t LinkedIn just another form of Facebook for professionals? No matter if you think LinkedIn is just another Facebook, job recruiters will judge you by the photo you use. You have a split second of judgment to make an impression.

In fact, according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the first impression your headshot made on someone is likely to stay, even after they’ve spoken with or met you. The picture on your account will be one of the first things a person takes in when looking at your profile. Why risk a bad impression?

Photo tips for a better, more impressive LinkedIn headshot:

Lighting Is Paramount

When it comes to having a great headshot (or a great photo in general) good lighting can make or break it. If your lighting is too harsh or coming from an angle that doesn’t flatter you, others will notice. Poor lighting (dim, too bright, or yellow, for example) can wash out features or make it hard for a person to even know what you look like. 

Dress To Make An Impression

Just like the old adage ‘dress for the job you want’. When a potential employer is looking at your profile they’re going to judge what you are wearing and whether it gives off a professional air. You don’t want to wear bright colors or busy, distracting patterns (unless you’re an art teacher, perhaps?). Instead, opt for solid colors or ones that best suit your skin tone to allow your face to pop. For LinkedIn, because currently, LinkedIn uses a circle-crop for the headshot, this is primarily a concern for your top or shirt of choice.

Say Cheese!

You may not be the kind of person that likes to smile for photos but it would be wise to do so here. If you want to get offers from employers or look good to your business connections, it means looking welcoming. Staring into the camera with a frown and blank eyes will make you look like a person that can’t, or shouldn’t, be approached.

Keep A Neutral Background

One great way to keep the focus on you is to keep the background neutral. You aren’t taking photos for your senior pictures so don’t take a photo in front of a graffiti wall or some other busy background. White, gray or some other neutral-colored background can work to make your face the focal point and keep the attention on you. You don’t want a professional visiting your profile wondering what city you’re eating an ice cream cone in. Keep it professional with shots of just you and just a neutral background. 

Cropping Matters

You may not think about it too much if you don’t dabble in photography but the way you crop a photo can really change the way that its seen by others. Awkwardly cropping a photo midway down your waist can give you a strange appearance. You’ll want to have a photo that isn’t taken from too far away. Remember you’re aim is to be the center of attention here. A tight crop from the middle of the chest up is typically best. Remember too that the initial view of your headshot is small, but people can click on it to view a larger version.

When you’re ready to schedule an appointment for new LinkedIn photos that shows the world a professional, well-lit and smartly cropped photo of yourself you can call Headshots by The Light Committee to schedule a time and date. Don’t allow a bad LinkedIn photo to prevent you from getting that dream job offer! (818) 300-9434.

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Getting Corporate Headshots

Getting corporate headshots are important for marketing yourself or a small business. For an individual, your LinkedIn or other online profile gets many more views with a headshot. For management teams on the company website, headshots are an essential first impression with potential customers.

So, if you’re in the market for getting headshots there are at least three considerations to avoid getting a bad one.

This is the beginning of an article authored by Headshots by The Light Committee and published today on SMB CEO. Read the full article there.

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Why A Professional Headshot Is Important?

I had a recent client mention to me he tried several times to use his new iPhone and portrait mode to take his own headshot and it never looked just right. Frustrated, he finally decided to find a headshot photographer. I had another client tell me last year that he used a selfie for his LinkedIn profile and a headhunter told him to help him, he would need to change his headshot. So, these are just two of many reasons why a professional headshot is important.

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Video Version: Get the Best Corporate Headshots

Following is a comprehensive video guide on how to get the best corporate headshots in Los Angeles, though it’s applicable to any market. The video is inspired by an article posted on LinkedIn covering the same subject.

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Getting the Best Corporate Headshots

 

 

Why Update Your Headshot?

You might be thinking that a new headshot is a once-a-decade thing to get. Well, if it’s for a driver’s license, perhaps so. But, remember that the point of a headshot is to market yourself. Therefore, it must represent who you are and how you’re marketing yourself. So, depending on your career goals, this might mean new headshots as often as each six months to around each couple of years. So, why update your headshot that often?

Corporate Headshots

If you’re in the market for corporate headshots in Los Angeles, you might get away with not needing new headshots until a couple of years or so. But this isn’t always the case. If you change your look, you might need it sooner.

What look changes might call for a new headshot? Did you change your hair style? This could be new facial hair or removal of facial hair. It could mean a new hair color too, not just shortening or growing out hair. Did you change your personal style – the type of clothes you wear, etc? Have you gotten prescription glasses? Have you lost or gained noticeable weight? Do you have a new scar or get rid of one?

It could also be just that your existing headshot is growing stale – is it the same one people have come across for too many years. Outside of the changes above, in some professions you can get away with not having a new headshot for 2-3 years. But some other professions might be better off having new headshots more often, particularly in those that are very people-facing.

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