Your digital self is the most accessible way for someone to try and work out who they think you are. This not only applies to people in your personal life, but can include colleagues, business partners, clients, as well as current and prospective employers.
Your LinkedIn profile is a prime example. A one-page space for you to try and give the best impression possible and ensure your reputation proceeds you. But of course, if everyone else is doing the same thing - how can you stand out?
Check out our 5 tips below to ensure that your headshot catches the eye and helps you to stand out from the crowd.
1. Trust a professional
There’s a reason they’re called professional headshots. Enlisting the services of someone who does this for a living can make a world of difference compared to a selfie on your phone. People can tell when your headshot hasn’t been given much thought, and on LinkedIn that can give the impression that you don’t give much thought to your career. It’s worth going professional.
2. Let the light in
A good headshot means getting the right lighting on your face. Dark shadows can make you look dull, or even worse, sinister. A headshot professional will be able to assist in getting the lighting right.
3. It’s all in the eyes
Like a bad selfie, having bored, glazed-over eyes is going to turn people off. A bright, inquisitive look is captivating so make sure you come alive for your moment. Pro tip: a very slight squint can help make your gaze extra sharp.
4. Keep it natural
This is LinkedIn, not Instagram. It’s not all about looking pretty or showing who you want to be, it’s about who you are - so put down that airbrush. Not only is it important to look professional, but interviewers will also expect you to look like your headshot and won’t be too impressed if you come in looking 10 years older.
5. Don’t overdo it
Like we said in point 4, it’s about you. YOU need to stand out, not something else in the shot. That means no silly hats, no super-jazzy shirts. Just you. Be the best self you can be in your professional headshot and your reputation for professionalism will precede you.
A professional headshot can help your profile jump off the page, catching the eye of acquaintances old and new and providing the positive first impression that will help you stand out from the crowd.