DO’s and DON’Ts of a Professional Profile Picture!

A picture speaks a thousand words!

And what exactly would you want your picture to tell an interviewer about you? They would not want to know how you live, or what is the color of your cupboard or your bed-sheet. All they would want to know is whether you are suitable enough to be the face of their organisation or not.

On a Professional platform, your picture affects the opportunities that come your way – especially if you haven’t met the other party in person.

In a survey TheLadders found that recruiters spend a considerable 19% of their time on your online profile looking at your picture. This is much more than the time spent on looking at your skills or past work experience.

If you want to look like a credible, confident, and professional person who anyone would want to have in their office, follow these basic rules of a Professional Profile Picture.

  1. Make sure your Profile has a Photo.
    Profile picture ensures the viewer that they are checking the correct profile. There might be several other people with the same name as yours, right? It is also quite common that people tend to view only the profile with pictures.

  2. Use the most recent photo.
    Wanting to upload a photo in which you look the best isn’t a bad thing. But refrain yourself from uploading photos taken years ago. A person should not be surprised meeting you in person saying you look much different than your pictures. Some might call it ‘Misleading’, just saying!

  3. Picture should focus only on you.
    Make sure there aren’t other subjects in your profile picture other than you. Don’t upload a group photo or a selfie. Make sure your face does not have any shadows and the features are sharp. It is fine if the background is blurred but not if your face is.

  4. Present yourself appropriately.
    Think of the clothes you would wear to a business meeting. Wear similar clothes and dress your hair appropriately. This may also include being freshly shaven or wearing [appropriate] makeup and jewelry. Never post a photo of yourself at the beach, in a night club, or even running a marathon.

  5. Look straight into the camera.
    This doesn’t mean you need to have a serious look on your face. You should look confident and have a pleasant expression. Photo should express that you are effervescent and that people would enjoy working with you. A profile picture should be convincing enough of this.

  6. Don’t use your college logo as your profile picture.
    A college/company logo should be uploaded only if it’s an offical page. Your profile must have your own photo. The person going through your profile wants to know you. And your profile picture might be the first step he/she would want to take.

Follow these simple steps and get another step closer to creating a perfect professional profile.

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