Kai Dickerson
Community Specialist
Posted April 14, 2021

How to pick the right profile picture on Jobcase

Your picture is an important part of your Jobcase profile. Learn how to pick the best photo and make a great first impression on potential employers and work connections.
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Why your Jobcase profile picture matters

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.

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, what does your photo say about you?"
-Business Insider

Increase your visibility - be recognized by your connections

Whether you're here to get a job, get advice, or to 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.

Make a great first impression on your future employer

Employers use social platforms to gather information about potential candidates for jobs. A good profile picture not only increases your chances of being noticed, but also gives employers a personalized connection to you.

Dos and don'ts for your Jobcase profile picture

Best practices (do this!)

  • Use a headshot: 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

  • You should be the focus: Your image should be the main focus of your profile photo. Avoid using photos with other people or things. Use a plain background with good lighting (or stand by a window)

  • Wear "work" clothes: 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!

  • Use a current, quality image: your headshot should be in focus and be recognizable

Need to take a new profile picture? Learn how to take headshot with your smartphone

What to avoid (don't do this!)

Here are a few pitfalls to avoid when selecting your Jobcase profile photo:

  • Selfies: selfies tend to be a bit too casual for a profile photo

  • Poor quality photos: take the time to get a shot that's in focus - blurry photos can be perceived as sloppy

  • Outdated photos: Your profile photo should be current and should look like you

  • Group photos: 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

Update your profile image in 3 steps

1. Go to your Jobcase profile

Click on the blue camera icon and upload your photo.

2. Select your best profile 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 desktop, you'll have the option to upload photos from your computer, Facebook/Instagram accounts, Google drive, or Dropbox.

3. Format and save

The photo you select may need to be cropped and/or centered to fit. Click save and you're done.


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Eve Hair

As with a resume, doesn't adding a picture leave one open to discrimination of any sort? Expert resume crafters say to only include a picture if you are applying for on-air media position or an entertainment role where looks are considered, or if a picture is specifically is requested. Otherwise including one very well may eliminate you from consideration. If an employer is interested enough to pursue discovering a candidate's appearance they can go to LinkedIn where it is a given your picture will be posted. Are we not supposed to be judged by our qualifications when it comes to a job search?

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Carolyn Goddard

Is this another way to assess an applicant’s age? Sounds familiar, as some applications cannot ask for DOB, so they instead ask the year you graduated from high school, like that matters.

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Lynn Owens-Goodrich

Sounds like age discrimination

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