Good photos can also be very simple

Take your application photo yourself: This is how it works!

The Take your application photo yourself - isn't that an application killer? Quite possible. If it's badly done, caught between the door and the hinge, it reduces your chances of being hired. But still: modern cameras do it Application photo on your own a workable proposition. But you should definitely follow these instructions ...

Take your application photo yourself: yes or no?

The Application photo is not part of the freestyle, but a duty. Although, according to the Equal Treatment Act, no applicant can be required to attach his or her photo to the application.

And yet: at 82 percent of those responsible for HR an application without a photo will not be well received. This is what the Kienbaum study Recruiting Trends 2017 says. 38 percent even say that the photo is "most important" in an application. For comparison: only 29 percent think that work samples are most important piece of the puzzle in an application.

But what the HR managers also say: “Applicants should be in the photo invest a lot". That's what twelve percent of them think. And 23 percent agree with the statement that one unprofessional photo disqualify an applicant. That means: if you take the application photo yourself, you kick yourself out of the running. Or?

No, not really. Correct is: Who leave nothing to chance and one squeaky clean application wants to deliver, he goes to a professional. But if you want to make your work easier, don't want to leave your apartment in the first place and save change, you can do it yourself. Why are there high-resolution cameras, all kinds of aids and free editing tools? Just.

But so that the private photo session does not turn into a disaster, you should pay attention to a few basic rules. The career bible has put together the most important ones for you ...

Take your application photo yourself - you should pay attention to that

  1. camera

    It starts with the right tool. The better the camera, the better. Logical. It is best to use a high-resolution digital single lens reflex camera with 12 megapixels and up. You can also borrow them from friends or relatives. Or you rent the camera simply at one of the major electronics retailers. The share economy makes it possible.

    Even the best move in the 12 megapixel range Smartphone cameras. That means: Cell phone cameras are technically so advanced that with their help you can definitely get one Dare to take an application photo can. You can at least try that out. However, you should keep your hands off a half-powerful 5-megapixel mobile phone camera.

    In principle, the following applies: Experiment You around a bit. Take the application photo yourself - that's a long way Learning by doing.

  2. background

    Please do not pose in the park or walk through the pedestrian zone. Simple is beautiful! For your application photo, stand in front of a neutral, monochrome, light wall.

    But don't lean directly against the wall, otherwise it will look strange in the picture. If you keep a small distance of 30 to 50 centimeters from the wall, the photo wins depth of field. In addition, eliminate everything that could disturb in the background: shelves, type boxes, the picture on the wall or the cactus on the floor. Away with it! The application photo only knows a leading actor - namely you.

  3. light

    The apartment as a photo studio - often problematic because it is too dark. Who about no professional lighting has a serious problem. In addition to the camera flash, you can or must activate other light sources (but please also not overexpose!). For example, you could have a Floor lamp Point it at the photo wall or place additional lamps in the room. You should choose a room that gets plenty of sunlight. Yourself if possible close to the window place. Take pictures during the day and not in the evening.

    And here again: Just experiment a little! Sometimes take photos with flash, sometimes without. Make sure that no shadows falling in the face, on the upper body, or the wall. That would actually look unprofessional. Another option: go outside and take photos there in front of a light wall.

  4. dress

    The Selection of clothes depends heavily on the potential employer. In conservative industries - for example banks - you literally get dressed. In creative industries - for example advertising - things can be a little more casual. In principle, wear what you would have worn with the application photographer.

    Tips: No more than three colours Instruct. Don't pretzel too much. So no deep cleavage, nothing shoulder-free and no strands of hair on your face. And not too much makeup. A serious hairstyle and muted colors - that's a good foundation.

  5. Body language

    Not standing there rigid, but also not intentionally casual. Do not lean against anything, do not support it with your hand on the shelf Hands off face and of course stand instead of sitting. Arms please do not entangle.

    Those were the don'ts, now the dos: Bend your upper body slightly at an angle. Relax shoulders. Let your arms hang down. Assume an upright posture. Look straight into the camera. Smile lightly, not exaggerated, but not tormented either. Inhale - and squeeze when exhaling.

    It is best to take several photos and compare them. Basically just belong Face and hair completely on the photo - and the upper part of the Upper body.

  6. Machining

    A 300 dpi resolution is standard for applications in paper form, for online applications it should be a maximum of 800 pixels wide. If possible, do not print out the photo for the paper folder and stick it on, but rather in digital form integrate into the application.

    The standard size is 6 × 4 centimeters. You can use the picture in a common Image editing program cut to size - it's very easy (see also box).

    Online applications are not standardized. So you can adjust the photo size to suit your individual application. The photo shouldn't be taller than ten centimeters. And: If you use a cover sheet, you have to adjust the size again.

  7. Free: These are the best photo editing programs

    Good image editing programs don't have to cost a lot. They can even be free. For Chip magazine, these are the ten best free programs:

    • GIMP
    • Photoshop CS2
    • Picasa
    • Photoscape
    • TinyPic
    • Inkscape
    • The grandiose image reducer
    • XnView
    • Magix Photo Designer
  8. photographer

    If you want to take the application photo on your own, you need one tripod. Then still the Self timer (or press the remote release) - done. That sounds easier than it is. It requires coordination, quick reactions and maximum patience - satisfactory results can be a long time coming.

    It's easier with two people. Maybe you activate a friend, roommate, neighbor or fellow student. Preferably someone who is not holding a camera for the first time. The number of hobby photographers is skyrocketing in view of good smartphone cameras and Instagram, so someone should be found ...

    What also speaks for teamwork: four eyes see more than two. You can discuss the interim results together and improve them again and again.

A selfie as an application photo?

Selfies belong to the internet age like the paycheck to the job. According to Google statistics, 93 million selfies were already taken in 2014 - only on Android devices. The notorious selfie sticks are omnipresent from Rome to Shanghai. In short: everyone loves to take selfies and send a signal to the world: Look where I am, how good I look and how happy I am!

In a survey by business psychologist Sarah Diefenbach from Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU), published in Frontiers in Psychology in January 2017, 77 percent of respondents said they would take selfies regularly. The most important motives also include self-marketing and self-promotion. So why not take a selfie too as an application photo use?

Answer: Because selfies are annoying. 82 percent of the same respondents said they would rather see other photo formats on social media. Psychologist Diefenbach calls it Selfie paradox. Other selfie artists are assumed calculation and lack of authenticity, on the other hand, one speaks of one's own selfies Self-irony and unpredictable authenticity to.

And one more thing: Selfies live from hers Unprofessionalism. A good selfie is - you could say - intentionally spontaneous. But that is exactly what an application photo shouldn't be. Therefore: Please do not use a selfie as an application photo!

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November 13, 2020Author: Sebastian Wolking

Sebastian Wolking is a freelance online editor. He is interested in the changes in the job market due to the digital revolution.

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