When was the last time you had Professional Headshots taken? For that matter, when was the last time you had professional photos of any kind taken? In today’s “everybody’s a photographer” world, here are 3 reasons to get Professional Headshots.
1. Social Media
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “I thought you said professional. What does social media have to do with that? The answer is simple. Every major social media network requires a profile picture. It is the first thing anyone sees when visiting your profile. Not only that but with the reach that social media now has it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate your personal and professional lives. If that’s not a good enough answer then I only have one thing to say: LinkedIn. LinkedIn has become the dominant way to network amongst professionals.
2. Professional Means Professional
Now isn’t the time to take out the latest Samsung or iPhone models for selfies. Although modern cell phones are boasting impressive camera stats, they lack a key factor in taking Professional images: the professional. Notice I didn’t say a professional camera or equipment. A huge part of what makes an image “look good” is the person behind the camera. They have already spent countless hours learning their craft. Plus, when they are done behind the camera they still have editing time in front of a computer.
3. Put Your Best Foot Forward
This seems like the “duh!” reason but it’s more important now than ever. With the job market becoming increasingly more competitive and the prevalence of social media (see above), a Professional Headshot could be the difference between getting that interview or not. Let’s face it, our future bosses will be looking us up on Facebook or LinkedIn long before we sit across from them. What do you want them to see?
[BONUS] Your Last Headshot Is Out Of Date
How often you update you’re headshot is completely up to you. It depends on what line of work you’re in, how often you change jobs, how often you change looks (such as hair color/length), and a number of other factors. For example a salesperson may want to consistently update their headshot to show their clients that they keep up with the ever-changing pace of business. A teacher on the other hand may only need to update as they change positions or schools. One thing to keep in mind when determining how often to update your headshot is: If the right job came along, would you leave your current position? If the answer is “yes” or even “maybe” then its time to update. Because that job mat have already passed you by based on your current headshot.