Assoc. for Women in Science

Winter 2015

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

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14 association for women in science | winter 2015 trendspotting D o you ever find yourself surfing on LinkedIn and cringing at some of the profile photos? To ensure you don't elicit the same reaction in others, it may be time to review your own picture. We've got some things to consider when taking or selecting your professional profile photo: When job hunting, your profile image says almost as much about you as your resume does. Spend some time and think about what you want it to say. = • Dress the Part—The phrase about dressing for the job you want, not the one you have, can apply to so- cial media profile photos as well. If you're a lab assis- tant with dreams of one day running your own lab, your photo should reflect that. • Not So Serious—Sure, you want to appear profes- sional – but you also want to appear likeable and ap- proachable. Try smiling. You don't have to smile ear-to- ear like a gameshow host, but you want to come off as friendly and trustworthy, not too serious or stoic. • Skip the Photoshop—Sure, the technology is there and it's tempting to remove all of those laugh lines … Don't do it. Photo editing apps make it easy to present the "perfect" you, but you want to come off as real. Feel free to remove red eye or obvious blemishes, but your years of experience on your resume should be reflected in your photo as well. • Keep it Current—You may also find yourself tempt- ed to shave off a few years by posting an old photo of yourself. Again, don't do it. You want to truthfully rep- resent yourself so a potential recruiter, collaborator or employer won't be in for a shock when they meet you in person. • Up Close and Personal—When you only have a square inch or less to show off your best side, you want to make it count. A close up is the best option for your profile photo, keeping the background to a minimum. And whether you're a proud parent or pet owner, nei- ther have a place in your profile photo. • Avoid Selfies—Selfies are fine on your personal social media accounts. But sites if you're actively job searching on like LinkedIn, you want you and the photo to look professional. Enlist a friend, some good natural lighting and snap away. Keeping it Professional Picking the Right Profile Image to Further – Not Hurt – Your Career

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