Choosing a great Pickr profile photo

A picture speaks a thousand words. That’s why the presence and quality of your profile picture is the first step to securing yourself more work through Pickr.

Our research shows that just having a picture makes you 14 times more likely to be viewed by the businesses who need your skills. Businesses want to put a face to a name so know who they’re hiring.

There’s no need to go all vogue on us. A simple but effective profile picture is but 5 tips away.

 

1. Choose a photo that looks like you.

It’s a no brainer really. Yes, the majority of us may prefer an image of the fresh-faced youth of 5 years ago, but is it representative of you today?

If the answers no, then turning up on a job with looking like your own grandparent isn’t going to do you any favours. If anything, it can cause an employer to question your credibility.

So, make sure your Pickr profile picture is up-to-date and recognisable as you. Don’t shun the glasses or loose the ‘tache if that’s not how you look on a daily-basis. These businesses need to know you at a glance.

 

2. Show your face

Sure, you look great in hiking on a mountain top, but can we actually see you face?

It comes back to being recognised. If you’re artfully gazing off into the middle distance, that’s great, but it’s not going to help you here. Stick it on Instagram.

Crop the picture from the top of your shoulders to just above your head so that your face fills at least 60% of the frame. Perfect, now you’re ready to give us a smile.

 

3. Smile…

Approachability is the aim of the game. You want to look open, friendly and professional, just like you would in a job interview.

There’s no need to go overboard on the cheese, or give your passport mugshot a run for its money. Just keep it natural. If you’re exuding the comfortable confidence of a professional, that’s how the businesses will see you. And if that’s how they see you they’ll be more inclined to pick you for their next job.

 

4. Avoid distracting backgrounds

There’s a reason your passport photo requires a plain background. It’s so you are the sole focal point. Don’t let Dave scratching his bum in the background steal your thunder. Keep distractions to a minimum. Simple plain backgrounds are the effective.

Why it pays to have a great Pickr profile pic

The presence of a suitable picture on your Pickr profile immediately increases your visibility in the Pickr talent pool.I It’s the first step in promoting your personal brand that’s going to reveal your value to employers and get you hired.

The right image allows you to communicate you’re a friendly capable candidate they should have in your business. By adhering to the 4 tips above you give yourself the best chance of boosting your profile and getting selected for work.