Do you use social networking sites?
Do you have a profile on LinkedIn?
Many employers use these sites to source candidates for employment. Did you know some spend more time looking at the picture used than they do looking at the actual profile? It is important that you use a professional picture for any network site you are using for employment or business purposes. By professional I mean that the photo be of yourself. You do not need to have your significant other, children, or pets in the photo. The employer wants to see who the candidate is. Make sure you smile. You do not want to come off as being sad, angry, or too serious. Try to have a solid background with good lighting. We want your face to be the focus so try not to use a photo with bad lighting or dark shadows. Also you should use appropriate attire or dress professionally. The employer does not want to see your beach or club clothing. Remember, the more effort you put into your professional profile, the more attention you will get from employers.