9 Easy Steps to Taking the Perfect Profile Picture

Just like real life, first impressions count on the internet. You wouldn’t turn up to a job interview surrounded by friends, wearing a scruffy t-shirt – would you? Your YouRock profile picture needs to look professional, but that doesn’t mean you need a professional photographer to take it.

To take the perfect profile picture, you just need a camera or smartphone, a trustworthy friend and a plain background – and to follow these simple dos and don’ts.

DON’T TAKE A SELFIE

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It might be seem easier to do it yourself, but leave the selfie to Facebook – where it belongs. Ask a friend or family member to take the photo instead. Make sure you ask somebody whose opinion you trust (so maybe not your little brother or sister).

DO FOCUS ON YOUR FACE

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Your future employer wants to see what you look like, not how tall you are! Keep the shot focussed on your head and shoulders, look straight into the lens – and if you have long hair, keep it off your face.

DON’T HAVE YOUR FRIENDS IN THE SHOT 

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It might be tempting to use a photo of yourself surrounded by your friends, but it’s not appropriate for YouRock, sorry! Employers want to meet you, not your mates.

DO SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY 

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Using an interesting background is a great way to show personality and character. If you’re a musician who’s looking for jobs in the music industry, why not take a picture of you playing an instrument or surrounded by your instruments? Be careful though, the focus must still be on you, not your surroundings. If you’re not sure, then keep it plain and simple – see the next ‘Do’.

DON’T BE SEXY

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You’re on YouRock to discover your skills and find a job, not pick up dates! Don’t wear lots of make-up, don’t pout, don’t tilt your head suggestively, don’t flex your muscles, don’t stick your breasts out – save all that for match.com.

DO USE A PLAIN BACKGROUND

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You want your face to stand out from the crowd – and that includes a crowded background. Unless you have an interesting background that ties in with your personality, use one that’s plain, white and clean (avoid stained walls and peeling paint).

DON'T USE A CROWDED BACKGROUND

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You can see for yourself the difference between this photo and the one above. Need we say more?

DO DRESS UP

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You would make an effort for a job interview, and there’s no difference here. Wear clothes that look smart and are clean! Make it look like you care, and that you’ve made an effort.

DO SMILE! 

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Remember to say “cheese”! Looking professional doesn’t mean looking serious or grumpy. Remember that whoever hires you will have to work with you, so you want to look happy, friendly and approachable.