First impressions matter in the business world. Businesses want to work with people who are competent, organized, and dependable. You communicate this subconsciously through your attention to detail, what you wear, and how you carry yourself.
Your headshot is that first impression. Your future employer will subconsciously judge you by that photo. Will your headshot build or destroy a future professional relationship?
For example, if your headshot is a selfie, it tends to communicate that you are young, inexperienced, and possibly unable to handle the pressure of a full-time job. You may be entirely capable even if you submit a selfie as a headshot. But business owners who do not know you only have the headshot as a reference to who you are. They’ll judge you by the headshot, whether consciously or subconsciously.
Conversely, a headshot that is clean-cut, simple, and professional says “This candidate truly cares about my company. He is attentive to detail and values his brand in the professional world.”
Here are things to pay attention to when taking a professional picture:
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a professional photographer to get a good headshot. Find an amateur photographer friend that has a camera, and work together to get the shot you need. Or, grab your smart phone and have a friend help you take it.
By paying attention to key points like lighting and posture, you should be able to produce a headshot that rivals what could come out of a studio.