Did you know that engineers with high-quality headshots get hired faster and more often than those without? Profile photos are a vital component of the Andela platform. They allow us to connect with potential companies, teammates, and community peers worldwide to get to know one another beyond the screen. Here's how to take your profile to the next level, helping you land a spot on your dream team.
First, let's go over what you should do.
- Take a high-resolution (300dpi) photograph. Typically a high-resolution photograph’s file size is about 1 MB or greater.
- Use a tripod to ensure the photograph is sharp and in focus. NEVER use the on-camera flash. On-camera flash gives a deer-in the-headlights look to even the most beautiful subject.
- The subject should be well-lit. Without light, you can’t get beautiful, well-exposed photos. Beware of shadows; they can create unflattering photos.
- Use a neutral background, white background preferably. Frame the photograph from the chest up and include sufficient background space around the head and shoulders of the subject.
- Eye contact is one of the most important elements of a great headshot. Make sure the subject is looking directly at the camera.
Now, let's go over what you should NOT do.
- Avoid shadows as they create unflattering looks. Be sure that you're in a well-lit area.
- Do not include props, hats, or professional attire.
- Be sure that your photos are not blurry. Keep your subject in focus.
- Don't crop photos too closely. Be sure that your head and shoulders are in view.
- Avoid busy backgrounds. Travel shots should be avoided, as well as sunglasses and harsh lighting.
With these tips, you'll have an impressive headshot to polish your Andela profile!