Did you know that 92% of companies use social media such as Facebook during the hiring process? Social media sites give hiring managers the information they need to whittle down the list of candidates, and one in five employers ONLY looks at your LinkedIn photo and nothing else! Not having a social presence can also hurt you because it says you’re out of touch with trends and might not know how to use computers well.
It’s absolutely vital that you check social media sites and remove tags from pictures that show you engaging in NSFW (not safe for work) activities. You must also be sure your LinkedIn page is up to date with an excellent, professional profile photo.
A professional headshot tells employers you take yourself seriously and care, and it shows you are established enough to afford a professional photo. Unfortunately, research has shown that there is a strong bias against those who are unemployed, but having a profes- sional headshot has been show to help minimize this bias.
A study done by LinkedIn found that job candidates are 14X more likely to land an interview if they have a professional headshot on their LinkedIn page, and that the positive first impression generated by a headshot with a genuine smile gives job applicants an immediate boost when the interview starts. This means rather than having to fight your way up from nothing, you’ll already be on the interviewer’s good side from the get go during your interview.