Tips for a great photo!
Looking smart is a big factor. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to wear a suit but being smartly dressed has a big effect on how professional your profile looks.
Smiling is a great way to show everyone you're positive and approachable. The best photos have smiles with teeth and the worst photos involve no smile at all!
A head and shoulders shot or head to waist works best
A headshot photo including your head and some of your shoulders generally works best. A photo which is too zoomed out (whole body or with a desk in the way) means people can't see your face so easily. Similarly, having a photo too zoomed in means people lose the perspective of your body and the image can be a bit overpowering.
Professional headshots are almost always best but if that's not possible, here are a few tips for taking your own photos:
- Resolution matters - take photos with a proper camera, rather than your normal smartphone. When in doubt, a quality camera is always better.
- Ensure that the photo is a professional-looking shot which displays your head and shoulders.
- Ideally, get someone else to take the photo for you, so it doesn't look like a selfie!
- Use a plain, professional background and take the photos in good light.