HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE ?
It might seem like common sense but truth is that, in real life, we don’t change often the images that represent us: our professional headshot.
So how long is too long?
In short, every time you face or anticipate a change, you should have a professional profile picture that reflects that change.
New haircut or change hair color, new bang, loss or gain of weight, teeth whitening, etc…
In real life, before meeting someone for an interview, or for a business meeting, chances are high that people type your name on Google and end up on Google Images. That’s when it is actually the best occasion to make an excellent first impression: on your profile picture whatever social media platform it is (Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…). Trying to make a great first impression when you physically meet would be almost too late: you can already start that mission way ahead.
Also, by staying on top of your game with an updated headshot, you avoid the absolute awkward situation of people not ‘recognizing you’ in person compared to what they have seen online before meeting you. That is not a situation you will enjoy so just avoid it !
CHANGE OF POSITION
Maybe you got your first headshot when you graduated and were ‘hunting’ for your first job and first position… which you ended up getting.
Here we are 5 years later and you have just been promoted manager of a team and you are starting to go up the ladder. That’s the example of a perfect moment update your headshot and have an image fitting your new role as a manager, and not as a junior anymore. It is part of the process of ‘owning’ your new position, starting to work on your executive presence that will be extremely helpful in the nest 5-10 yrs ahead. You will thank yourself later.
Another point: photography has the effect to make things feel real. By seeing yourself portrayed as a manager, a leader, someone breathing confidence, it will make you realize that path you have been through and the level you have accomplished, and that is pure, empowering self-confidence right there.
CHANGE OF INDUSTRY OR PROJECT
Here is one example that will speak for itself :
Robert is a 50 years old senior executive in a financial institution. He has been working for that organization, for decades. He decides to take a big career change and wants to start his own consultancy firm helping young start-uppers getting financing. He is going from a traditional environment to a vibrant and modern one. So far he had a suit and tie executive portrait matching perfectly his C-level position but his new ’target’ are young start-uppers… Suit and tie might definitely not make him ‘attractive’.
A causal outfit mixed with a fresh natural light environment and a powerful body language will definitely help him attracts the new clients he really wants to work with.
WHEN YOU GO FROM LEVEL 25 TO LEVEL 35 !
Referring to time passing by can sometimes feel a bit heavy and negative but what if, instead of years, we would refer to level of experience or expertise? That sounds pretty badass to say I am at level 43 or level 51!
Anyway! Back to the point here. You might not have changed of position for a while or changed of industry at all … however, something goes by whatever happens: time. And as we all know, times leave some traces one ourselves. So try to update your headshot about every 4-5 years.
Stay on top of your game, you deserve it. And avoid the awkward situation of someone not recognizing you when they first meet you face to face!
So, up to what level are you at :-) ?