4 Reasons To Post A Professional
Social media sites give us a chance not only to reach out and connect with
the rest of the world, but also allow us to create the image of ourselves
that we want others to see. You can do that through the words and updates
you post, the bio you write, and the pictures you attach to your profile
By now all job seekers should realize that recruiters and employers do not
hesitate to check out your online presence before making a decision to
hire you. What do you want them to see? Is your profile picture helping
craft the overall online image you want to project to the world as a
Some people think it is cute to put silly or even inappropriate pictures
of themselves on their profile pages. Others don't put a picture up at all
because they feel they are guarding their privacy or just don't like how
they look. However, having something other than a professionally done
headshot portrait could detract from the image you want others to see.
Here are 4 reasons to use a professional image of yourself online.
1. It shows confidence.
Would you hire someone that hides in a corner and is afraid to talk to
customers? Probably not. However, when you look at someone's professional
online profile and there is a blank space where a picture should be it
sends a message. Why are you hiding from us? Will you hide when we need
you to stand up in front of our customers or your peers at work?
Many people shy away from posting a picture of themselves online because
they don't like how they look or are afraid others will judge them based
on their appearance, but they forget that confidence is always the most
attractive look. Post a picture that shows a confident look and you will
attract many more interviews.
2. It builds confidence.
Being able to recognize someone helps build trust. The fact that a
recruiter has seen your face before an interview will give them a degree
of familiarity with you which immediately eases the tension of a first
meeting. Many times you will hear employers or customers say "Oh I
recognize you!" when first meeting someone because they've seen their
picture beforehand. Their tone implies that they are more comfortable
about you because they've seen you before. Give employers that same
3. It shows your smile.
Smiling has some kind of magical power over people. When you smile at
someone they will often smile back. We are attracted to people who smile
and trust them. A smile trumps almost any other physical characteristic
you can think of. Post your smiling face online and your entire profile
begins to look much more appealing.
4. It shows you pay attention to detail.
There is a huge difference between a professionally done headshot and a
homemade one. The fact that you took the time to get your picture done in
a professional manner also sends a message. It can say to a recruiter that
you are a person who cares enough about your professional image that you
even pay attention to the minor detail of what your online picture looks
like. It shows that you will dress appropriately, look confident in front
of customers, and professionally represent yourself and the company.
Do you have a professional picture of yourself online for employers to
see? Why or why not? MB
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