What if I told you that for an investment of $500 for a professional headshot you could increase your income tenfold?
You only get one chance to make a first impression so you need to make it count with a high quality headshot showing you in your best light. Studies have shown that attractive employees more money due to a perceived higher value. According to Psychology Today attractive employees not only get hired faster, they also make more money and get promoted sooner.
In this age of technology, your professional headshot is likely to the first thing that employers notice about your online profile. Hiring managers are doing their due diligence on potential candidates via social media more than ever in order to avoid hiring mishaps. Do you want them to see a less than stellar photo of you when you’re applying for that game-changing position?
In as little as 10 seconds, some employers make a split decision as to whether you portray the image conducive to their company. As a matter of fact, your headshot may be the determining factor if you even land the interview.
It’s important to remember than a headshot taken by a professional with high-end equipment and extensive knowledge of photography is an investment in your personal brand not an expense.
A headshot taken by a professional can be the difference between $25.00 per hour or $35.00 per hour. That’s a $10.00 per hour raise. Based on the calculation below that’s over a $500,000 increase in income over time.
Here’s an example:
$35.00 per hour
$25.00 per hour
$10.00 per hour increase
x 160 hours per month (40 hrs/week)
$1,600 increase per mo. x 12 mos. = $19,200 pay increase per year x 30 years = $576,000 Income Increase over 30 years
While most people know to look their best for in-person meetings they drop the ball on their online presence. Most people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on hair, makeup and clothes but never invest in something as vital as a professional headshot.
The picture you use for your social media profiles and branding materials, such as business cards, can go a long way in helping you stand out amongst the crowd. People will see your social media profile avatar on a daily basis and it will be subconsciously drilled into their brain.
If you have a selfie as your profile picture on LinkedIn or Twitter, it’s time to take your image to the next level.
Your headshot is the cover of your book. It’s up to you to write your own story and make it stand out so others will be intrigued and want to read it. Is your profile picture working for you or against you?
If you’re ready to increase your income 10x with a professional headshot contact Yucel at 480.703.9823.