Say Cheese! Profile Picture Do’s and Don’ts

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Did you know that candidates with a profile picture are 84% more likely to be viewed by a prospective employer?

Whether you’re using FitLinks, LinkedIn or Facebook choosing the right profile picture is essential. Remember a picture paints a thousand words!

Here is our  list of do’s and don’ts to help you in the process.

Do:

  1. Make sure the background is appropriate. Ideally neutral and busy free.
  2. Take the picture in natural light where possible.
  3. Include your head and shoulders only (think passport style, only with a cheesy grin).
  4. Go solo. Nobody else should be in the shot (no cropping group pictures).
  5. Position yourself centrally. Think about splitting the shot into a 3 x 3 grid and position yourself in the central third.
  6. Tilt your head. It’s better to have a slight turn of your head or a slight angle, so tilt your head down a little and angle your eyes up toward the camera.
  7. SMILE! Looking approachable and friendly is essential when trying to make a good first impression.

Don’t:

  1. Go topless. You may have abs of steel but we don’t need to see them. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the type of job you want. If you’re applying for a PT role then a smart polo shirt is perfect whereas if you’re applying for a management position then a shirt and tie may be more appropriate.
  2. Chop your head off. You’d be amazed by the amount of profile pictures that have been cropped badly leaving just a pair of legs. Check the dimensions required and before putting it live make sure your head and shoulders are clearly in shot.
  3. Crop a group photo. Your profile picture should be an image that has a neutral background and has just you in the picture.  Cropping pictures from nights out or holidays with friends doesn’t cut it.
  4. Take a mirror selfie. You may have post workout pump but your future employer doesn’t need to know. Keep your profile picture professional by either taking a selfie on your phone or even better asking a friend to take it for you.
  5. Pout. No matter what anyone says a duck pout is not a good look.

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