“In order to make the most of your investment, it’s important to find out how to utilize headshots for your benefit.”
What Can I Do With a Headshot?
Congratulations! You’ve just gotten your first headshots! These might be some of the best pictures of yourself that you’ve ever seen. PlusCorp definitely tries to set that standard. However, now that you’re done with them, you’re left with a question: what do I do with my headshots?
You have a fantastic picture of yourself, but you have to do something with it besides hang it on your wall for family and friends to see. In order to make the most of your investment, it’s important to find out how to utilize headshots for your benefit. Because of that, PlusCorp is giving you a couple ideas on what to do. Now, you can hopefully do more with your picture than just admire how handsome you are.
Enhance Your Resumé
There are millions of resumés getting handed out to employers every year. Many of them have the same bland white background with the same bulleted list of qualifications. It’s easy for employers to get lost in the mountains of paper in front of them. If you follow suit, your application could get lost in the maelstrom.
A headshot can make your resumé stand out. Just to clarify, we’re not talking about making your resumé your headshot. That’s silly (unless you’re an actor or just outrageously good looking). You can utilize your headshot to let employers put a face with the credentials. That way, there’s a direct reminder of the interview that just left. When someone looks for a certain set of skills, they can attach it with the face of the interviewee.
Also, it adds color to your resumé. While obviously a portrait adds your face onto the document, it also adds visual flair to it, too. It’s important to make resumés stand out in small ways. By placing your headshot on it, you are literally adding colors onto it, making your application stand out. Instead of a stack of white papers, there’s a sheet with colors exploding off of it.
Give them as presents
In our time as photographers, we’ve realized something earth-shattering: people like to look at the ones they love. We like to be reminded of our friends and family. It’s a strange thing to say, as it might be very obvious. However, when you’re consumed with something like headshots, it might be hard to realize that the ones most interested are the ones that love you most.
Why not give them a copy? If you want to let people remember the best version of you, then give them the absolute best version of you in picture form. That way, they can put up a copy on their office wall, at home, or elsewhere. They’ll have a reminder of you in a great photo.
It might seem strange to give friends and family such good photos. If you feel weird, give your pictures the “MOM test.” Your Mom will definitely want a headshot. Who else might appreciate these pictures like your Mom? If they don’t hold you in the same regard as your Mom, don’t hand them a picture.
If you’ve made the investment in headshots, you have made a significant investment in your professional career. Because of this, it’s time for you to make the additional investment in business cards. You clearly want people to remember you, so let them have your information and your photo all in the same space.
Business cards are an absolute necessity when you are networking in the world. A mistake some people make is creating bland, placeholder type business cards. Instead of settling, create something that reverberates through someone’s memory. By placing your photo on a business card, you are helping people remember the face attached with the name.
Also, much like a resumé, business cards can blend together and look the same. Suddenly, networking functions become more laborious when you’re sorting through card and struggling to remember names. Instead, make it stand out not just because your face is on it, but because it looks different than every other business card.
Put it Online
There isn’t a place more high profile for you than the internet. If you’re on social media, the internet is littered with pictures with you. This can affect your perception online if you’re trying to elevate your persona. When this happens, it’s time to take serious action.
Uploading your headshots to as many venues as possible creates a new online persona for you. This lets people know what you are about, what you stand for, and shows a degree of professionalism unparalleled to others out there. In an age where potential employers can know more about you than ever, it’s important to do reputation management before your reputation becomes unmanageable.
Get control of how you’re perceived online. Whether it’s on your personal website, social media, job websites, or something else entirely, get your image under control.
Now that you have photos of yourself, what else can you do with it? Don’t just relegate opportunities to simple profile enhancers like resumés and business cards. Make it personal. Be creative with your new photos. How can you show off your new headshots in a new and exciting way?
The possibilities are limitless! Your headshots are yours. Make sure to make the most out of them. Be proud of yourself and let people see who you are. You are champion of your image and no one can take that away.