You see dozens every day. And every time you see someone’s profile picture, you form an impression of that person. In a split second, you decide if they are likeable, trustworthy, smart …or not. You judge them.

And everyone judges your profile picture in the same way. It's simply the truth and there is no sense in anyone denying it.

Here's how to put your best face forward:

Frame yourself
Make sure you are properly framed within the shot so people can see you and a bit of background. Your face should fill most of the image.
Use the same headshot on all your professional profiles
If someone sees you in one place and wants to connect in another, make it easy for them by using the same picture on all of your professional social media profiles.

Hire a professional photographer
The difference in quality between professional and amateur is huge.

Use a current photo
Refrain from uploading photos taken years ago. Someone should not be surprised when meeting you in person.

Avoid selfies
If booking a professional photographer is not on your "to-do" list, do have a friend or family member take a picture of you on the best camera you have access to. If you can’t get your hands on a high quality camera, try using portrait mode on your cell phone.

Use common sense
The best tip is to use common sense. When you look at your picture...would you hire you? Would you trust you? Stick to the basics and avoid provocative clothing, too much makeup, pets, family photos, etc.

Professional and Personal Profiles
If you have different profiles (professional and personal), keep in mind that someone who is considering hiring you, may also come across your personal profile. It's important that your personal profile also represents you in a favorable way to potential clients.
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