You know that this modern world of Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / Instagram profile pics — not to mention conferences and ID badges — requires you to have a decent headshot saved to your desktop for easy access.
But if you’ve always been a little unsure if you’ve got it right, we’ve got thirteen tips for making your profile pics look great.
First, here are four great head shots:
They are all smiling, forward-looking, well-dressed people with good lighting and faces that fill the square of the photo.
And it’s easy to look this good if you avoid these 13 easy goofs:
Check it twice to make sure your audience isn’t seeing double.
You should be the star of your own photo, not the backdrop!
Remind people how they should feel about seeing you.
Head cut off
Make sure you’re nicely centered in your own shot.
Smile at the camera
You’re not in a U2 video. Look at the camera.
Avoid the “America’s Most Wanted” look with a smile and a neutral background
You can do this after you win your first Oscar. Until then, have a friend take the photo.
Step into the sunlight, but not…
Too much sun
Squinting isn’t the impression you want to make on people.
You want your head and shoulders to be the shot — not your head, shoulders, belly, knees, and ankles. It’s a “headshot” after all.
Too much filter
Leave the artistry for your Instagram account.
It’s “business” casual
T-shirts are for billionaires. Look nice for your future boss in your photo.
Drinks on me!
Actually… you don’t need a drink in the photo.
I hope you make it look easy this week in the job search, Readers!
I’ll be rooting for you.