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By Rebekah Iliff March 21, 2016 Reading time: 3 minutes


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Can’t figure out why you’re not making any new connections? No one responding to your LinkedIn messages? Much like how the name of your company can repel even the most loyal customer or client, a bummer headshot can also “turn off” faster than a light switch.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a mid-level manager, or sitting squarely in the C-suite, your headshot can say a lot about you, your business, and more importantly your understanding of the world in which you operate. It’s STILL all about context, people.

Without further adieu, I bring you the top 10 types of headshots to avoid in a professional (and possibly even a personal) setting.

The-Thinker

#1 The Thinker

What you think this pose says about you: I am extremely curious about life and am deeply moved by thoughts and ideas.

What this pose really says about you: I probably talk too much and am extremely annoying in social situations.the-exaggerated-creative

#2 The Exaggerated Creative

What you think this pose says about you: I’m quirky, creative, and just the type for your burgeoning startup.

What this pose really says about you: I don’t take myself too seriously and perhaps neither should you.

the-come-hither

#3 The Come-Hither

What you think this pose says about you: I’m very open to listening and genuinely interested in what you have to say.

What this pose really says about you: We should date.

the-best-friend

#4 The Best Friend

What you think this pose says about you: My friends are important to me and this speaks VOLUMES about my character.

What this pose really says about you: My friends are just as important as my job (except – and especially – on friends’ birthdays when friends are definitely more important than my job).

The-Kissy-Face

#5 The Kissy-Face

What you think this pose says about you: I’m fun and I’m like a total people person and nothing bothers me.

What this pose really says about you: I’m self-absorbed and think I’m cute.

DISCLAIMER: This type of photo is fine for, oh say, Facebook or something…but we are talking professional photos here.

The-Pouter

#6 The Pouter

What you think this pose says about you: I’m not a threat, and you can trust me.  

What this pose really says about you: I will not only step on your toes, but I’ll likely find a way to do it without you ever knowing.

The-Arrogancia

#7 The Arrogancia

What you think this pose says about you: I am extremely confident and can likely handle anyone or anything you send my way.

What this pose really says about you: I have an ego the size of Texas and possibly really really really small…hands.

The-Drama-Queen

#8 The Drama Queen

What you think this pose says about you: I am a serious arteeeest and I don’t have time for trivial pursuits.

What this pose really says about you: I take myself way too seriously and will be a colossal pain in the ass to my manager.

The-Too-Coo-For-Schoo

#9 The Too-Coo-For-Schoo

What you think this pose says about you: I’m too cool for school.

What this pose really says about you: I’m definitely not.

The-Do-I-Even-Need-To-Say-It

#10 The Do-I-Even-Need-To-Say-It

What you think this pose says about you: Ladieeezzzz and gentlemen, look who has entered the building.

What this pose really says about you: Ladieeezzzz and gentlemen, look who has entered the building.

Tweet your silliest headshot faux pas to us @AirPR. (We promise not to laugh.)

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