Once upon a time, head shots were almost exclusively used by realtors, actresses, and other specialized professionals with which presenting an image to a potential employer was an absolute necessity. Now, however, they’re widely used by job seekers, everyday professionals, and those who maintain an online presence as part of earning their living. In this new business climate, professional head shots have become necessary for those of us who want to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
With the proliferation of social networking, our lives have become more complicated. Websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are not only used to communicate our favorite recipes or chat with friends, but also serve as gateways through which we can meet new clients and employers. With this in mind, it is necessary for us to present a positive image of ourselves. While a well-written resume or personal statement is certainly a prerequisite for accomplishing this goal, these have become so commonplace that there is need for something else, something more personal. That is where a professional head shot can really add the perfect touch to an already polished online image.
Head shots are particularly important if you’re seeking out work, such as the case with many new college graduates and the recently laid off. In our new economy, where jobs are less prevalent and employers can be more picky, job seekers must employ every tactic they can think of to separate themselves from the lot of other applicants. For one position, there may be well over a hundred different applicants, all vying for work. Because of this, you should strive to present as professional of an image as you can, and that means having a professionally photographed head shot attached to your application.
Employers, clients, human resource agents, and potential partners all enjoy being able to place a name to a face. With the right clothes, your best smile, and an agreeable personality captured by the right photographer, you can control your image and wield it to your advantage. Employees are expected more than ever today to market themselves and their skills to clients and employers. While it is easy enough to gloss over the customary resume, a head shot is something that will always draw attention. Whether you intend to use a photograph on your favorite social networking site or for trying to find work, honing your image to where you control what is projected will place you ahead of the competition and increase your likelihood of success.
For an appointment at Barquin Photography for your professional headshot please call our studio at 305.984.8028 or visit our website at: www.barquinphotography.com