Your social media profile photos are creating a first impression whether you like it or not. If you are not using an image on your profile, chances are your potential employers are checking you out on social media. What impressions do you think your social images are projecting?
We asked Karen Merry, a professional portrait photographer from Melbourne to give us some tips.
A study by job website theladders.com indicated that recruiters spend more time looking at your photo than reading your resume.
An eye-tracking heat map found that they spent 19% of their time on your photo and significantly less time reviewing your skills or past work experience.
People spend a lot of time putting up a profile, creating content and documenting evidence of their experience and successes, but your profile might not even get past the first hurdle.
The message you send with the image is always going to be open to interpretation and although you can’t control your audiences response, there are definitely photo types you can avoid to improve your chances.