Consider yourself warned...
If you think you may be susceptible to an over-inflated ego, please, please do not attempt the following. Do not, under any circumstances, for any reason, attempt to have a professional headshot taken of you in the near future. Past victims have reported experiencing side effects such as: a dizzying number of new "likes," a nauseous amount of friend requests, frequent episodes of over-active notification checks, and worst of all...heart palpitations from the sheer excitement and pride that comes from looking so dang professional.
In all seriousness, professional headshots can cause all of these "side-effects" and many others. Several past clients have given credit to their professional headshot as being the catalyst that landed them new jobs. Obviously this is not the guaranteed outcome of getting a new headshot, but recruiters will definitely give a second look to a profile with professional photography. Like it or not, your headshot has become a critically important part of your online profile. It has been referred to as your digital handshake and that analogy couldn't be more accurate.
That's discrimination! Or is it?
A recent study showed that 90% of recruiters/human resources people check out social media profiles like Facebook and LinkedIn before inviting potential candidates to an interview! It's serious biz! Never before have we been so connected and simultaneously disconnected as we are today. We "connect" on LinkedIn with hundreds of people...most of which we have never met or may never meet face-to-face. Headshots that provide little incentive for a person to connect (for example, poorly lit, too far away, too close, other people in the frame, bad expression, etc) are detrimental to your personal brand. Recruiters are trained to find people suitable for positions with the company they represent. If you don't look like a person serious about your profession, you will likely be passed over by recruiters looking for candidates that have that inexplicable edge to their profile picture.
If you need a stunning headshot that jumps off the screen and grabs the viewer by the eyeballs, (sorry for the mental image) drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or head over to the contact page. Our headshot packages start at $125.