3 Tips to Make the Modern First Impression

August 6, 2013


I was recently reading an article about common mistakes people make on LinkedIn that led me to an article about the profile pictures we use on social media. As I looked around fellow bloggers and even my husband’s business connections, I found it so interesting that so many professionals are adding head shots as part of their new and updated resumes.

While applying for a job in Japan six years ago, I had to include a passport-size picture with my resume. I thought, “how strange!” Today, here in the States, more and more people are using Facebook, LinkedIn and even Twitter to make career connections. It makes sense, having a nice profile picture is engaging and research shows that a profile with no picture will be passed over for a profile with a picture; a new reality.

Professional photographer, Mallika Malhotra of mikifoto, took my recent head shot and gave me three professional tips to share with you:

1) Invest in professional makeup and hair. These experts know what looks good on camera and can help you look your best. Just don’t go overboard and do anything too fancy. You want to look like yourself. Plus, confidence comes through when you know you look good!

2) Wear clothes that make you FEEL and look great. I always recommend a pop of color that compliments the eye color. I also like simple patterns that can add interest to the photo. Avoid overdressing or using busy patterns.

3) Find a photographer that you feel comfortable with and who understands you and your business. This is key! Your portrait is very revealing and if you don’t feel relaxed, it will show. Your head shot should show off your unique personality. It should be engaging and interesting.

Do you have a professional head shot? Do you feel it has been helpful? Please share with us!

P.s. For more tips and inspirational photography follow mikifoto on Facebook!


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  • Reply Heather August 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Love the pic! You look beautiful and so professional!

  • Reply Kelly A. Serrano August 7, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I love this pic! I need a headshot asap.

  • Reply Marla August 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

    great tips! and you look incredible and beautiful in your headshot. love it. 🙂

  • Reply Nina August 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Very nice Betty! No, I don’t have a professional photo but I do use a shot that a professional photographer took at a wedding lol.
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  • Reply Isabel Garcia August 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Fabulous professional tips! On my last head shot, I found my photographer and hair stylist through Yelp, a review site. Your head shot is so beautiful, Betty! 🙂

  • Betty
    Reply Betty August 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you everyone!!!
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  • Reply Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly September 19, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Great points, I would actually like to update mine as we head into 2014!

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