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As a photographer, we often say “an image is worth a thousand words.” This is especially true when it comes to the profile picture you choose to use on social media.

A professional headshot is essential to your first impression in any profession. Though it’s often overlooked, you may be missing out on important leads in your personal and professional life. So, take a moment to look at your current profile picture on your professional networking sites. LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, deserves more than the selfie you shot in the car on the way to your job. When you stare at your current photo, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Am I happy with this picture?
2. Would I hire myself?
3. Does it send the wrong message to my potential employer?

If you have a negative response, here is the number one suggestion on how to choose the best image for your social media presence:

1. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Whew… Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, find a photographer and invest in a professional, high-resolution image. As a personal testimony, I’ve succeeded from having a headshot that shows my true personality without being cheesy. Headshots are not always “suit and tie”, and can be as casual as you’d like, as long as it fits with your current profession. So, after you update your résumé, schedule a headshot session with a trusted professional. The investment is worth more than you can imagine.

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