Your profile picture is the first impression you will make on a client looking for a mentor. It is your picture that will make them decide if they want to learn more about you and your experience – or skip to the next mentor. Please consider these Do’s and Don’ts for taking and posting your profile picture.
- Do smile
- Do have someone to take your photo, because photos up close don't really flatter anyone and a good selfie can be hard to take
- Do include your head and shoulders (or head to waist)
- Do take faces only. No family, friends, dogs, logos, etc.
- Do make sure there is good lighting (avoid shadows)
- Do have a neutral background – not something that will distract from your photo
Your SCORE profile picture is more important than you think.
You wouldn't show up in your vacation attire to a professional networking event, or put a picture of your family on your resume, so please keep in mind, those things do not belong in your SCORE profile photo.
- Don’t crop yourself of a group photo
- Don’t submit/post a poor quality (pixelated, out of focus, grainy) picture
- Don’t have more than one person in it
- Don’t wear sunglasses or hats
- Don’t wear clothing that will distract from your photo
- Don’t have poor lighting or be blocked by shadows
The worst mistake of all? Not having a profile picture!
To summarize, here’s how to make a good first impression with your SCORE profile picture:
Your profile picture should be a close up of your friendly and inviting face, well lit, focused, and with you looking at the camera.
Find a neutral backdrop with good lighting, study proper posing by looking at YouTube videos, and have a friend take photos of you.
Still not convinced?
According to LinkedIn, your profile is seven times more likely to be viewed if you have a profile picture. People do business with those who they know, trust and like. Don't lose their trust with the first impression.