Right now, more than 20 million users are active in the Jobcase community, whether searching for a new job or looking for job hunters just like you.
To stand out among the crowd and improve your chances of landing an interview, it’s crucial that you have a recent, high-quality image of yourself on your Jobcase profile.
But what should this profile picture look like exactly? How do you choose the ideal photo, and then, once you have, how do you go about uploading that to your profile?
In this guide, we’re going to answer those exact questions and give you a helpful list of “dos and don'ts” to help you put your best foot forward.
Your profile is a self-introduction to other members of the Jobcase community. As a network of people helping people with their work lives, it's important to let the community know who you are.
Your profile photo personalizes your account and becomes part of your visual identity within the community and for your job search.
Most importantly, it helps to build trust in an online community where you’re essentially networking with strangers. By putting a face to all the information about yourself, you show them that you’re a real person and give them a face to remember.
Whether you're here to get a job, get advice, or share your work story, the power of the community resides in connections. Let your connections recognize you!
A profile with a photo is more likely to be viewed, and it makes it easier for other members to approach and connect with you.
Your profile picture is also included when you invite your contacts to connect in the Jobcase community.
Employers use social platforms to gather information about potential candidates for jobs.
A good profile picture helps you stand out from the crowd and increases your chances of being noticed. It also gives employers a personalized connection to you, improving the likelihood that they’ll reach out to arrange an interview.
Let’s walk through the dos and don’ts of your Jobcase profile picture.
Let’s start by looking at a few best practices for taking an effective profile photo.
A headshot is a photo of you that includes your shoulders to the top of your head. You can take your own headshot for free or hire a photographer.
Here’s an example:
Your image should be the main focus of your profile photo. Avoid using photos with other people or things, or where your face isn’t very visible, like this:
Use a plain background with good lighting (or stand by a window)
Prepare for the photo - wear something that matches your job expectations. Grooming and a bit of primping can go a long way in a photo. And don't forget to relax and smile!
Your headshot should be in focus and be recognizable.
Need to take a new profile picture? Learn how to take headshot with your smartphone.
Here are a few pitfalls to avoid when selecting your Jobcase profile photo.
Selfies, like this one, tend to be a bit too casual for a profile photo:
Take the time to get a shot that's in focus — blurry photos can be perceived as sloppy.
Your profile photo should be current and should look like you.
It tends to be obvious when others have been cropped from a photo - even if you look great, avoid using a group photo for your profile.
Here are three steps you can follow to update your Jobcase profile picture.
Click on the blue camera icon on your profile and upload your photo.
From the Jobcase app, you can select from the photo library on your phone or take a photo.
If you're accessing your profile on a desktop, you'll have the option to upload photos from your computer, Facebook/Instagram accounts, Google Drive, or Dropbox.
The photo you select may need to be cropped and/or centered to fit. Click Save, and you're done.
Now that you’ve set up your Jobcase profile and uploaded a professional, high-quality photo, it’s time to get networking!