Dos and Don’ts for Professional Pictures
Your professional picture is your logo. What would you like it to say?
Below are some Dos and Don’ts to ensuring your logo says “Memorable. Friendly. Professional in conduct. Serious about professional image. Welcoming the expansion of professional networks.”
Do use a quality photo of yourself. It’s best to use one that is professionally taken where you are the only subject and one that you are proud of.
Do use a picture in which you are professionally dressed. First impressions are just as important in the virtual world as they are face-to-face. Your profile picture is your ‘handshake’ and serves as your online introduction to others.
Do keep in mind that your ACN profile is not Facebook and you should not forget the nature of what it means to present yourself as a professional in terms of dress, body language, grooming and setting.
Do keep your profile pictures updated. It’s recommended that you update your profile picture at least once a year, especially if you’ve changed your appearance significantly, e.g. a new haircut. Staying current will help others identify you and avoid confusion. For some of you, your pictures are as old as your ALA year 1 so an update is necessary
Do use the same photo on multiple sites (ACN portal, Linkedin, google +) to make it easier for people to identify you and remember you in a
Do smile and allow your personality to shine through. People are most attracted to those they feel are friendly, approachable and likable.
Don’t use pictures from vacations, group shots, parties, with other family members or pets. Stay away from cropping your face out of these types of photos as well. It communicates that you’re not professionally prepared.
Don’t be casually dressed, playing in the fields or show more skin than you would show at dinner with the president.
Don’t use poor quality photos, logos and avatars. This is your profile and you should be fully represented.
Don’t use full body images. Aside from the fact that full body pictures leave more room for inappropriate backgrounds, they do not allow people to clearly see your face.
Don’t look away from the camera. Make sure you are easily recognizable using your picture.
Note: When you login to your ACN portal if your picture does not load fully, you must resubmit as that means the image there is not in the correct format