Why You Need A Professional Headshot
A Professional Headshot is like your personal brand
If you're a business owner, employee or even simply run a popular website, then you absolutely need to have a professional headshot.
On your LinkedIn profile, website and other social media pages. Now, you may be thinking, why does it matter? Why should you get professional headshot photographer as oppose to taking a photo with a smart phone? The truth is, professional LinkedIn headshots actually get 31 times more views than profiles without a photo whereas profiles with non-professional photos only get 14 times more views. So, a professionally done photo can double your chances of being hired by a better company, get more clients etc.
A professional headshot can literally help you to put your best face forward.
Remember, most people form an opinion of you, within the first 5 seconds of seeing you and you don’t get a second chance to change this first impression. A good photographer will help you to convey exactly what you want to convey in your photo. Now, this doesn’t mean that your headshot will look overly professional, dull or lacking any character. On the contrary, a skilled photographer will paint a true picture of your personality while also showing characteristics that are essential for professional success.
Remember, your headshot is like your personal brand or you can even see it as your personal logo.
Most well known and respected entrepreneurs have professional headshots that help them to take control of their business’s image and brand. Some popular entrepreneurs who do this include Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg, Neil Patel, Tim Ferriss etc. The headshots of each one of these entrepreneurs are not only professional but also show their true personality and charisma which extends onto the image of their companies.
In the event that you're an employee and not interested in starting your own business, then a headshot is still essential if you want to get a better job and network with other well known people in your field.
To put this into perspective, put yourself into the mind of a recruiter who is looking at LinkedIn profiles to find the right person for a new job. There are 3 candidates and the first one doesn’t have a profile picture, the second one has a blurred selfie and the third one has a professionally done headshot. Who would you choose to call for an interview? The person with the professional profile photo of course!