@Pierre, what do you think about having your pic appear in your email ... every email? That seems to be the trend with many of my colleagues, and I have not bought into it. I can't imagine anyone wanting to see my face 5-10 times a day on their computers. I mean, look at me!
>>Quick aside - I have never understood why someone takes a pic of themselves in a bathroom mirror or behind the wheel of a car. Unless you are a mirror manufacturer or a car salesman, neither is a great look.
I guess you are unaware of the magical power of 80s bathroom wallpaper? Prospective employers, dates, friends (etc) see it and they are instantly attracted to you!
I also think Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook have energize the status of a photo. It's now important where it has not been before. But we have so many ways of capturing a photograph now versus the past. Just like data, we are learning to manage of images of ourselves in ways once unimaginable.
Broadway, you're probably right. I think photographers have a challenge with the advent of cameras in the smartphone. People do not have an eye for a photo the way a photographer would, no matter how many pics are taken, tagged, and tweeted. That creativity can be a differentiator. I've seen a photographer do jump shots of subjects - definately an eye catcher.
Plus the idea of a photo for a job seems like such a small detail. If anyone had told me take a pic with a resume 20 years ago, I would have probably skipped the idea. But as Tricia pointed out it is a detail that makes a difference.
@Pierre, that's funny. Now that you mention it, I have found myself looking at people's self-photos in their bathroom mirrors and thinking, "Wow, that's a nice mirror. I wonder where I can get one!?" Lol.
Speaking of having a photographer take your headshot (good idea, btw), I have a few photographers I'm connected to on LinkedIn, and they tend to have the zaniest professional headshots of themselves. I guess they need to demonstrate their creative side??