If you want to be treated like a professional, you must look like a professional. Period.

The saying “Never judge a book by its cover”, while charming, isn’t entirely plausible in the real world. The reality is that we are all judged, or perceived, by the way we look. And, particularly when it comes to professional situations—job interviews, making connections, networking—we have a short amount of time to make a good first impression.

That’s why it’s incredibly important to always appear professional, both in-person and online. And while most career-driven women understand the importance of business professional attire in-person, far too many fail to exude that same professionalism online—the very first place (or next place) most professional contacts will see you!

Instead of using a selfie-stick to take your next LinkedIn photo, consider a professional headshot instead.

If you want to be treated like a professional, you must look like a professional. Period.

Don't just be another person in the PIle

Using a high resolution and quality photo dramatically separates you from the standard cell phone selfie. In a time when everyone scrolls through and looks at tons of images all day, your eye naturally stops to catch the photos that have a much higher production value.

Invest in yourself

We all know the saying "dress for the job you want". A good headshot not only gives you a way to stand out, it also makes helps you to take yourself more seriously. It's a matter of having the right tools for the right job.

You'll be easier to remember

Being able to match a name to a face is much easier than matching just a name to a resume or email.

First impressions are real

Especially these days, a lot of first impressions and communication aren't done in person. Everyone says a picture is worth a thousand words so let your image speak for you. Your enthusiasm, professionalism and personality can all be showcased in your headshot.