Do I Need a Professional Headshot?

Short answer: Most likely.

Do you have a personal brand or website?
Do you hold a high position at work?
Do you hold public office, or are you running for office?
Are you in sales?
Do you submit work to journals, blogs, etc?
Do you have a profile on LinkedIn or any other networking site?
Do you have an online portfolio, on your own website or elsewhere?
Are you looking for a job?
Do you see yourself looking for a job at any point in the future?
Have you been networking to find that connection that will lead to your next career shift?

Have you said “yes” to any of these questions, but haven’t had a professional picture taken in 2 years or more?

Those are all occasions that warrant having a professional headshot on hand.

Sarah is working on her PhD in Math. She needed a headshot for her personal website that will launch just before graduation, displaying her published articles and teaching credentials.

I know that many people in those situations don’t have good headshots. They either don’t have a picture at all, or they’ve submitted a low-quality selfie — maybe even with a friend cropped out. But that doesn’t mean YOU should do the same.

A good quality headshot can do wonders for showing your professionalism and earning respect. Many, if not all, hiring managers Google their applicants even before meeting them. What is your current LinkedIn photo? Does it show you at your professional best? You take care to dress appropriately for a job interview; why wouldn’t you do the same with an online profile that is an equally important first impression?

Carol owns her own business and needed updated photos for her online profiles. She wanted to keep it lighthearted and show a bit of Grand Rapids.

Headshots don’t have to be boring, either! They are really an opportunity to show your personality, or, at least, the professional personality you want people to see.

Need something casual, but still professional?

Or perhaps something related to your field of work?

Maybe you’re a classic brick wall kind of businessman.

Maybe you’re not sure what you need, and we just need to sit down and talk about it. Coffee’s on me.

Find 30 minutes in your week, grab your favorite “work” outfit, and let’s go polish off that resume.

// Ahna

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