We've spent a year in lockdown. It looks like we're coming out of it...or are we?
The other day I met a colleague for lunch whom I've only ever spoken to on zoom or slack. It was an absolute win for me when she said:
'You look exactly how you look online.' This may have actually been a bigger win than her thinking I was 7 years younger than I actually am.
Conversely, I've also met a few people now in the flesh having only met them at virtual networking events. I've certainly had to do a double take and/or squint in some instances to ensure a person is who I deemed them to be online.
Now, you may be thinking this is an age old point. Well it is, however in the last week, I've seen a number of posts from people about refreshing their websites or that they are out and about getting some fresh head shots. This is great, if you feel comfortable having some done! If not, I'd invite you to reflect on how old some of the shots you have of yourself are.
Whether it be for that next date, or for a role or a job, ensuring that impression is as authentic as possible is key. How do we determine that:
As important as having an up-to-date CV and constant improvement and review of anything that leaves an impression of you, I can't stress enough the importance of investing (time or money) in that something that tells a thousand words of your story right now.
Photo Credit: Warren Sheng
Rupa Datta is Founder of Portfolio People - she learned about headshot investment about 5 years ago and understand why you may need a different one depending on what is going on in your portfolio. She's off updating hers everywhere right now!