Your professional pilot photo is a very important part of your BizJetJobs profile. It humanizes your Pilot or Flight Attendant profile, making you appear more approachable. When you submit a resume, talk over the phone or meet a BizJetJobs contact in person for the first time, they will begin to form a more positive opinion of you if you include a professional photo of yourself. (You can edit your pilot or FA profile and upload your headshot here.)
“I have a lot of aviation experience on my resume,” says Carol Martin, CEO of airPA, “but at one point in my career noticed my resume was getting limited response. A good friend looked it over and suggested I add my picture. I took his advice, and added my professional headshot to my resume. Immediately I received more responses when I submitted my resume.”
Carol’s point conveys to your BizJetJobs profile as well. In a sea of applicants and profiles, what will make yours stand out?
We hear this time and time again from both our corporate pilots and corporate flight attendants on BizJetJobs. A profile with a good photo gets more positive responses.
Incorporating a quality photo into your BizJetJobs profile will help you make the right impression and maximize the number of people who view your profile.
How to Get the Perfect Profile Photo for BizJetJobs
Here are tips on how to take and select the best BizJetJobs profile photo – whether you are a Corporate, Charter, Contract Pilot or a Flight Attendant:
- Pick the Right Photographer. A professional photographer can make it easier to get that perfect head shot, but you really don’t need to hire a pro. Ask a friend or family member to take several shots of you. The latest smartphones like the iPhone or Google Pixel take excellent quality photos. Choose someone who can help you smile in a natural way. A warm, friendly smile will make you look accessible, and encourage others to engage with you. Have the photographer (and a few other friends, if possible) look at the photos and ask them which photo makes you seem the most accessible. Opinions are good, because sometimes we are overly critical of ourselves! If someone else is not available to take the photo, you can take a webshot of yourself using your computer’s camera (if you have one). MacBook users can use the Photo Booth program. Or, use the timer on your digital camera or your phone, with a tripod or even prop it up with some books. We don’t recommend you take the photo as a “selfie”, holding the camera or phone in your own hand. To most employers, this makes you appear unprofessional, or like you’re not taking the job application process seriously.
- Pick a Head Shot. Because profile photos appear as small thumbnails on BizJetJobs, your photo should be of only your head, neck, and a bit of your shoulders. If you include your entire body, your head will appear too small, and viewers may not be able to recognize you.
- Dress Professionally. Since BizJetJobs is exclusively focused on corporate, charter and contract pilot and flight attendant jobs, make sure that your photo depicts you in a manner appropriate for this field. Typically this means a dress shirt or blouse, a shirt and tie, your pilot’s uniform etc. Choose solid colors and ladies, don’t wear anything strapless. Dressing professionally also means dressing cleanly and simply: avoid wearing too much makeup, or any over-the-top, distracting hairstyles or jewelry.
- Keep it Simple. Your photo should be of you, and only you. Do not include objects, pets, or children. Avoid busy backgrounds as well – standing against a solid-colored, light background is best.
- Select a Current Photo. A dated photo will only confuse people. Use a current picture, taken within the past 5 years, so people aren’t surprised when they meet you in person. Remember, you are building trust with your potential future employer.
- Be Consistent. When developing your professional online brand, consistency is key. It’s a good idea to use the same photo for all your professional and social networking profile pictures. This makes you more easily recognizable.
Are you a job seeking pilot or flight attendant who wants to know more about the corporate pilot hiring process? Do you need someone to take a look at your BizJetJobs pilot or flight attendant profile or headshot? We want to hear from you! Please reach out to us directly.