Your profile picture is a key element of your social media presence. LinkedIn research shows that just having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others.
As a recruiter, that means this little round image is your first chance to make a good impression on candidates — and it’s a key element of your recruiter brand.
Here are secret tricks by photographer Murice Jager, who conversed with Karnvir Mundrey, Chief Ideation Officer at Atharva Marcom : India’s best Public Relations (PR) Firm – to get that perfect shot.
The profile picture is really the gate to your content. Often unconsciously, people decide to view or skip the content based on your profile picture.
The profile picture provides both open and hidden hints. Classed as “open” are the messages that you deliberately chose to communicate in the picture — in other words, your efforts at “impression management.” For example, if you chose a photo with a hat, or with another person, those who see your picture will understand that you deliberately included those additions, and corresponding conclusions will be reached about you.
A second level of messages is classed as “hidden.” For example, if you chose to be seen at a distance, your photo hints at insecurity. If you are tilting your head and smiling, you project dependence. Such hints tacitly provide indications and information about the interlocutor. When there is no other nonverbal communication to rely on, all those hints influence our success in making the desired impression with our photos.
A study published in Psychological Science in June 2014 found that even small changes in the same person’s picture could result in a dramatically different impression, with an instant’s glance showing us a person we would like to spend time with or a person we unconsciously find repellent.
The profile picture for instance determines if you are trusted or not, and in a recruitment scenario – studies have shown that recruiters even make decisions about whether you can do the job. All based on your profile picture. Even before they actually read your bio.
Here are the key tips that would help you create the perfect profile picture:
Dont just use a family picture, and try cutting someone off! Just because its a perfect picture of you in a suit, with a professional photographer does not mean it can be used as a profile picture.
Your face has to be the brightest point of the image. Even if you are using a mobile camera, remember to face the window and shoot your selfie. Preferably not in direct sunlight.
Don’t look at a camera like you are looking at a camera. Don’t ask people to smile to evoke the happy expression. Instead say something that brings people into that mood and expression. The reason being, there are certain facial muscles which will not be active unless the subject is going through the emotion. Great pictures are based on reactions to emotions.
Don’t look at a camera like you are looking at a camera. Don’t ask people to smile to evoke the happy expression. Instead say something that brings people into that mood and expression
Even if you are taking your own picture, think of something that you want to convey in the picture and that way the right emotion will emerge.
Tip 4: Dont be self-consious. If you are okay walking around the way you are, why be self conscious with a camera at your face? Also if you want your brand to be recognized one has to get used to getting one’s face in front of people. The only way one can run a business is for people to know who you are.
Dont be self conscious.
Tip 5: Make sure your clothing fits. If you have a dress shirt and a jacket, and there is a loose fitting between the two. If you are a tie guy make sure your tie fits all the way up, and snug – with the top button of your shirt not showing.
Tip 6: A secret to hide that double chin. Keep your back straight. Then move your forehead and face towards the camera. It might feel a bit ridiculous, but what that does is, it makes your jawline cleaner.
Tip 7: Level the camera. Don’t shoot down on yourself, especially in business pictures. This makes you liitle. Also do not look down into the camera, as it gives a perspective of ego. Level the camera with your eyes, straight.