Seven seconds is all it takes to make a good first impression, but – with the majority of our interactions taking place across various media platforms – how can you establish this initial interaction with potential employers?
Are you confident? Trustworthy? Will you take your job seriously? All of this information that employers would normally determine through your physical appearance, body language and verbal communication is now locked behind a screen. It’s for this reason profile photos are necessary in any job profile.
According to LinkedIn, simply having a good profile photo can result in 21 times more views and 9 times more connection requests than someone without a pic. To encourage employers to approach your profile – it’s a good idea to show them the person behind it.
Profile photos are a staple within social media and personal branding. Having a blurry photo from your Year 12 Ball may highlight your best angles, but this won’t establish the best impression amongst organisations.
Your profile photo should convey professionalism almost as if you’ve already acquired the job you’re applying for.
With a little bit of thought and maybe a helping hand, you can capture a photo that encapsulates everything you want to show employers. But if you’re still looking for that professional touch, a professional photographer may be what you’re looking for. While they can be costly, you may find that what they can do for you is worth the investment in the long run. With their photography magic they can enhance your photogenic self – capturing your personality to have employers stopping by to see what you’re about.
If you’re looking for that professional touch but don’t want to spend the money, head down to the Careers Cube to attend the FREE LinkedIn Photo Booth – all you have to do is invest a bit more than 7 seconds of your time to have your picture taken by a professional photographer. You’ll look so amazingly hireable, it’ll definitely be worth it!
For further information or guidance on profiles, our Careers Cube is open for Curtin students Monday to Friday in B102 Curtin Connect, with no appointment necessary.