Reasons “Selfies” Are Not Good for Your Talent Profile
Social media and other online sites might have given rise to the strange phenomenon called the “selfie”, but this doesn’t mean that it could be used at all times. Let’s say you are applying for a new job, you cannot use a selfie for that.
With this kind of restrictions in mind, you need to be extremely careful not to damage your name and reputation by using the wrong photos, as this will send the wrong message to your potential employers. Of course, using photos depicting drug use, nudity and drinking liquor are certainly off limits, but how about a “selfie?”
The Definition of Selfie
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a selfie is “an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera, especially for posting on social networks.” This is often taken with a camera held at arm’s length and is frequently shared via social media, such as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr or Facebook.
Social media is technically the driving force of most selfie activities. In fact, this is one of the most popular ways people update their friends and loved ones on how they look recently. However, selfies aren’t really that much accepted in the online professional realm, especially when creating a profile on talent resource sites.
Here are some reasons this is so:
1. Selfies are unprofessional.
The world is constantly changing and from time to time, many unique and creative ideas are being introduced. But in most cases, some of these ideas, such as selfies, greatly affect the productivity of employers and hiring managers.
Employers always look forward to hiring and working with candidates who are confident about themselves as a whole, but there seems to be a big problem here. There are candidates who post numerous selfies on their talent profiles, sending the employers a conflicting message.
In an article for Psychology Today, Dr. Pamela Rutledge says, “Preoccupation with selfies can be a visible indicator of a young person with lack of confidence or sense of self that might make him or her a victim of other problems as well.” So, if you don’t want employers to associate you with any personality traits that are undesirable, avoid the use of selfies on your talent profile as this would make you look unprofessional.
2. Selfies are narcissistic and vainglorious.
Posting and sharing multiple photos of yourself in hopes of getting a positive feedback is a form of narcissistic behavior. Though this may seem to have become a huge trend online, psychiatrists have always linked them to mental health conditions such as narcissism.
Instead of accepting who you are, people always strive hard to find the best photo with all the perfect details. For some, the more likes and opportunities they get with these selfies, the happier they feel. However, this isn’t really worthwhile as happiness should never be based on the outcome of a selfie.
3. Selfies might draw away potential clients from your profile.
In a recent survey conducted by Eurocom Worldwide, nearly 40% of companies use social media and talent resource sites in researching about potential job candidates. Out of this number, one out of five firms has rejected several candidates because of the activities on their online profiles. They aren’t interested in working with individuals who don’t even care about what they are posting and sharing on various online forums. From this fact alone, job seekers should be warned of the digital reality they are all living in.
At some point, selfies can be a candid alternative to professionally-taken photos. On the other hand, if these are poorly executed, these can only cause more harm than good as these photos can affect your professionalism at best, and misrepresent your online persona at its worst. So, to reduce the possible damage, be careful in choosing the photos you are about to use on your talent profile.
Reasons “Selfies” Are Not Good for Your Talent Profile by Holly Bissonnette