Looking for a Job? You need a good Profile Photo

An unemployment rate of 23% translates into a good chance you or many you know are without a job.

First I can help you with a headshot, so contact me if that is a need of yours. I can do so with ways to keep you safe.

All the reasons I like to see a person’s headshot is the same reason employers want to see it.

What I discovered

For the past few days I have been going through my contacts and updating them. One thing I like to do is put a photo with a contact to help remind me of someone. I have for example a few people with the same name.

If I didn’t already have a photo I went through profile photos on social media and especially LinkedIn. Now after doing this for a few days I found myself getting upset with the photos or lack of photos I was finding.

What is annoying

No Photo

No photo is really super annoying. I cannot now see if I remember you from my past. Think of this in the positive way. You had a good connection with someone and they cannot remember you because they have no photo to go by.

You need a photo if you are looking for a job. It helps separate you from the pack of all those people without a photo.

Bad Photo

There are so many ways you can screw this one up that I will just use some of my photos to give you some idea of what I and you have seen online as well.

Your face is too dark and not easily recognizable.

Where’s Waldo?

Which person are you in the photo? By the way that is me in the back. An employer will not know who you are in this scenario.

Microscope Stan

So many people don’t like the way they look that they have a photo, but they are so far away that you need a microscope to find them in the photo.

Photo you took, but not You

This is a problem with many creatives, they think that their work should be in their profile photo. No!!! There are other places to show your work when looking for a job than your profile photo.

Using an Old Photo of yourself

Don’t use old photos of yourself. Use a current photo.

Popular with photographers but not good for getting job

Don’t block your face with a camera or anything else for that matter. Let us see who you are.

Tips To Do!

This is the one time in your life you need a professional headshot. If you cannot get one done right away, then do everything you can to get someone to take one of you.

Be sure there is ample light on your face. We need to see your face clearly.

Get close and fill the frame with your head or crop to fill the frame later. It is best you get close when taking the photo, so the photo doesn’t pixelate or look grainy because of having to crop.

Solid background is the best.

Outside works great, but be sure the background isn’t distracting. I think shallow depth-of-field works best.

Just a couple of reminders.

  • The Psychology of How First Impressions Are Formed. So we’ve established that on average it takes about 7 seconds to form a first impression.
  • People use photos to help them in putting a face to the name. You want to be rememberable.
  • Eighty-seven percent of recruiters use LinkedIn as part of their recruiting process.
  • Adding a professional photo to your LinkedIn profile is key to boosting your visibility on the site. In fact, LinkedIn says that you’ll get 21 times more profile views with a picture than without one.
  • Choose something recent that shows what you look like now—not 10 years ago.
Try this tool to analyze your photo and give you tips to fix.

Snappr Photo Analyzer (free if you vote on others’ profile pictures) uses image recognition and machine learning technologies to score your profile photo and provide recommendations for how to improve it. If your favorite picture gets a bad score, Snappr gives you the information you need to take a better shot.

Give me a call and let’s get you a great headshot so you can find the perfect job for you.

“… 50% increase in customers”

My post on Facebook

After I posted this on Facebook group I had an immediate Business Question and the response was, “This is useful and constructive”. So first here is what I posted with the question and followup below.


“At least 50% increase in customers who had no idea who we were because of the video.”

I am following up on each video I have done for businesses during the past few weeks. These were done to help them stay in business and navigate the “New Normal” with their clients.

Listen to Canita in her own words:

Watch the video that increased her new customers by 50% here:

Facebook Photo Business Private Group

Photographer Patrick Fallon asked:

So this seems relevant for a lot of photogs who are trying to scrounge up work right now and know local restaurants that are struggling etc. How did you go about putting this together? Did they approach you? Did you pitch them? What sort of budget and terms on payment? I imagine a lot of businesses are cash strapped so how you navigated that would be good to know. Barter? Thanks

My Response

I know from my training as a social worker and then for the past 35+ years of covering disasters for all types of media outlets that acts of kindness are magnified in my opinion ten fold or more during a crisis.

This means that if you were new to the neighborhood and I brought some cookies by to welcome you that would be considered generous and even memorable. However, if I came by while you are cleaning up after a tornado and I offered you a hot meal – the emotional impact is far greater and memorable.

For the past 12 years I have been on retainer with Chick-fil-A as a communications consultant for their corporate communications team. I got to know Truett Cathy a little and one of the things I learned that made them so successful was the concept of giving with no strings attached.

I really felt bad for my friends that I did business with for many years. I didn’t really have the finances to give them money, but I could give my best and that was my skills as a storyteller.

After a few of these I learned that budgets were cut for the foreseeable future with most of my clients. This is when I decided not to change so much helping businesses, but to just let people know that if they needed help with their business to contact me.

This is when I realized that the initial video wasn’t enough. I needed these testimonials to help those in crisis know they could really use my help to market themselves during these turbulent times.

So as I was doing these I realized I was pivoting. I was still wanting to help my neighbor and if I put strings onto the gift to them, then it really wasn’t a gift. I needed to be transparent and real. This is who I am and not everyone else can do this.

I am playing chess and not checkers here. I am seeing the long game.

All the restaurants gave us food, which we accepted. We never asked for it.

I think pricing going forward will be more like a sliding scale right now for businesses. I may even setup a Gofundme for people to contribute to me doing this for other businesses.

I do think we may have to take less, because they truly are taking a huge risk spending any money when most everyone has made huge cuts already.

Here are all the videos I have done for my town, the testimonials and even one video I did to talk about doing this for businesses.

Making Adjustments

Stanley setting up and interviewing Chiropractor Dr. Charlie Weiss of Holcomb Bridge Chiropractic in Rowell, Georgia. photo by Dorie L. Griggs

Who better to talk about getting adjusted than a chiropractor? Dr. Charlie Weiss has been helping people who for the most part have had the world stress them out in some way come to him for an adjustment.

Dr. Charlie Weiss cleans and disinfects his tables after each client.

There are a few things Dr. Weiss wants you to know about his new procedures going forward. Listen to him in his own words.

Do you have customers who will need to interact with your business in a new way. Give me a call and let’s do a video for you to help get the word out and hopefully make people feel safe about coming to your business.

Are You Playing Chess or Checkers?

Many creatives are more interested in their own creative process than if what they produced actually engages the audience and produces an increase in sales.

WHY?

I cannot emphasize enough how no matter what you are doing for a business, the question has always got to be “Why are you doing such and such?”

No matter what I am producing for a business customer, I must know how this is going to help them increase their sales.

For more than 12 years I have been helping Chick-fil-A. What I have been doing for those twelve years? Founder of Chick-fil-A S. Truett Cathy said to all his employees, “If you are not selling chicken then you better be helping someone that is.”

How do you know if you are helping a business increase their sales? Ask the customer.

So, this week I went back and interviewed Mark Wegman, the co-owner of Adele’s on Canton in Roswell, GA. I wanted to know how well the video we did a couple weeks ago to sell more food. Listen to Mark here in this video.

Here are some photos Dorie Griggs, my wife, took of me setting up and interviewing Mark.

Now if you missed the original video that I posted here is that video so you can see what we did to help Adele’s on Canton flourish during these difficult days of “Safe Distancing” we live in.

When you look for help to make your business thrive in today’s climate be sure and hire someone who can help you craft your message as well as get it out on social media for you. Call me.

Tips for Zoom Meeting

For the foreseeable future many of us are going to be in virtual meetings on software like Zoom.

First get prepared before the meeting. Open Zoom (https://zoom.us/). If you are invited someone will send you a link. Just follow those instructions. Go to their website if you want to host meeting.

Once you have it on your computer open the Zoom App and you should see something like this.

Then go to the top left and under Zoom click on “preferences’

That will open this screen

We want to go to three of the icons on the left to be sure you are ready.

You can see now in the screen what everyone else will see. You can see my settings here. Those are the defaults. You can change them if you think you need to do so. The great thing is you can test all this out before anyone sees this during your meeting.

The next HUGE thing to check on the left is Audio.

You can be sure that the speaker and microphone settings are setup correctly.

I use wireless USB headphones [Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WHCH700N] that have a microphone built into them. Great for many reasons, but I just select them from the pull down menu for speaker and microphone. Then I test my talking and adjust the microphone. I usually just play some music to test the speaker level.

photo by Dorie Griggs

I recommend sitting near a window with your face pointed to the window.

DON’T HAVE BACK TO WINDOW

I would even recommend putting some lights shining on your face as I have done here.

For $49.95 you can get this small LED light by Lume Cube to use.

“Virtual Background”

Now that you look good and sound good, you need to look into changing your background during the meeting.

Go back to the preferences and click on “Virtual Background”

You can pick anyone of those backgrounds that came with the software or you can create your own.

This is where I went and created my own background. You could just substitute your room for another one.

I wanted to try to promote my brand throughout so I created this background. I recommend using 2,880 x 1,800 for the dimensions.

My first attempt I had all the contact information at the bottom, but I quickly realized my body will block most of it. I wanted the background to work with me in front of it.

So this is what everyone was seeing while I am on zoom. The great thing on these calls is you may need to step away. Well your image you created becomes that “Billboard” during the meeting.

So this is how I looked this morning during the meeting to everyone else.

If you are on a long virtual meeting, maybe you have a few backgrounds ready to go to mix things up. I noticed when people change their backgrounds people are not just noticing, they comment.

I you need a Zoom Meeting Background created I can do that for you. You send me your logo and other graphics you have and for $20 I will create you a custom background to use.

The New Normal

I believe that when we are allowed to slowly start leaving our homes, business will no longer be the same. I put this video together to send out to my community to hopefully let people know how important it is to communicate to their customer base.

What are some ways you think someone with my skills can help businesses and organizations going forward? Send me an email and let me know your idea.

Here is the full interview of Bob White in his own words.

It was Friday, but now it is Sunday!

Photo above is from Honduras Outreach at Estabian Olancho in Honduras. [X-E2, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 6400, 1/60, ƒ/4, (35mm = 83)]

Today our world is suffering like no other time in my lifetime. For Christians we are celebrating today the day that Jesus Christ arose from the dead.

Last night Dorie and I joined our Jewish friends for a Zoom Virtual Seder meal. The significance of the meal is to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Diaspora Journey – A Passover Haggadah Drama by Corey-Jan Albert A uniquely conceived Passover Haggadah, structured as a play in which people act out consistent roles throughout the evening. It takes place at Seder tables through history, telling not only the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt, but also the continuing tale of Jewish survival through the ages. This revised edition includes key updates – including new music by the author – and follows the traditional order more closely than the original version, to enable the widest possible audience to experience and enjoy it.

This morning Dorie said that today still feels like Saturday for Christians celebrating Easter. We are still living in the Pandemic and the numbers are still climbing in cases, those going to hospitals and sadly the death toll as well.

I have been thinking a lot today of those I have met around the world and how they will be celebrating Easter isolated and no longer gathering in churches to celebrate.

The Biblical History Center in LaGrange, Georgia helps people encounter the ancient biblical world through its history and culture. [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Manual, ISO 400, 1/200, ƒ/8, (35mm = 14)]

Christians re-tell the story of Christ and the empty tomb.

Lisbon, Portugal [X-E2, XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 6400, 1/300, ƒ/3.5, (35mm = 83)]
Eastern Orthodox Priest in Romania Herăști, Giurgiu, Romania [NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 12800, 1/80, ƒ/3.2, (35mm = 14)]
Nicaragua [NIKON D5, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2200, 1/100, ƒ/10, (35mm = 105)]
Nicaragua [NIKON D5, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 400, 1/100, ƒ/5, (35mm = 62)]
Togo, West Africa [NIKON D5, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 8000, 1/100, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 105)]
Kosovo Leadership Academy (KLA) [X-E2, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2500, 1/100, ƒ/3.6, (35mm = 56)]
Catholic Church in the Balkans [X-E2, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 1250, 1/100, ƒ/4, (35mm = 83)]
Mitrovica, Kosovo [X-E2, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 400, 1/120, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 27)]
Woman sits outside listening to the worship service at Bon Berger (Good Shepherd) Baptist Church located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (Photo by: Stanley Leary) [NIKON D2X, , Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/250, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 39)]
Bon Berger (Good Shepherd) Baptist Church located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (Photo by: Stanley Leary) [NIKON D2X, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 400, 1/40, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 27)]
Standing in front of the Kwumde Baptist Church building is Pascal Bonkoungou the pastor. Kwumde is just a little outside of Koudougou. [NIKON D2X, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/200, ƒ/8, (35mm = 30)]

I am also reminded of the hospitals I have visited and the prayer that is happening today is them. Most all of them do not have ventilators. Just imagine that much of the world if they get COVID-19 and need to be hospitalized and need a ventilator the best they can do is have someone hand press on a bag.

Doug Parkin, volunteer pediatrician from Arizona is seeing patients during his two month service at the Baptist Medical Center in Nalerigu, Ghana. [NIKON D2X, 18.0-50.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 800, 1/20, ƒ/4, (35mm = 42)]
Rose Nantonah the nurse is setting the IV with a small child patient at the Baptist Medical Center in Nalerigu, Ghana. [NIKON D2X, 18.0-50.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 800, 1/80, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 27)]
A mass of people wait for medical treatment at the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana.
[NIKON D2X, , Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 400, 1/25, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 27)]
Dr. George Faile, family practitioner is making his rounds at the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana. [NIKON D2X, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 400, 1/20, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 39)]
Mother and her little boy carried in kaitenge. They are staying here at the Hôpital Baptiste Biblique in Tsiko, Togo, West Africa. She takes care of the family members in the hospital. The hospital doesn’t have the staff to feed the patients and change their linens, so the family does this to help the doctors and nurses as they tend to the medical side for the patient. [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 1800, 1/200, ƒ/4, (35mm = 32)]
Surgeons doing a bone graft of lower part of leg for a little boy to hopefully help him keep his leg at the Hôpital Baptiste Biblique located in Tsiko, Togo, West Africa. [NIKON D5, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 11400, 1/100, ƒ/9, (35mm = 82)]

Photo Mechanic Plus

Well this past year has been a roller coaster ride for Mac users. Especially if you upgraded to Catalina.

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This new operating system only works with 64 Bit programs.

When I upgraded I found out a few of my software programs didn’t work. One of them was Cumulus.

I had all my images catalogued in this software since I had gone to digital capture in 2002. I had even put most of the portfolio images of my film days into it as well.

I have about 500,000+ image in the system. Well now on the new Catalina Mac OS I no longer had this.

I was looking for something, because I wasn’t a fan of the Lightroom Library. It was slow as compared to Cumulus or Photo Mechanic.

Down on my toolbar I have both the Photo Mechanic 6 and the Plus version installed. The Plus is a Beta Version. So, it isn’t yet available without possible problems when using it.

The plus is similar look to version 6.

The left tab give you the Photo Mechanic 6 functions and the right tab gives you the Plus, which is the catalogue.

But the window below is different.

There is a search that lets you find all the images in your catalogue that you have “Scanned” into it. “Scan” they use rather than “Ingest” when referring to adding images to the catalogue. If the image is offline then there is a grey circle in the corner. You can see the image and see the IPTC, but the resolution isn’t the original file.

You can even create collections just like you can in Lightroom.

I will let you know more after I finish “Scanning” all my hard drives into the catalogue and have had time to play more with it. For now I am just adding the images to the catalogue. Stay tuned for more in the future.

The Art of the Pivot

pivot usually occurs when a company make a fundamental change to their business after determining (usually through market research) that their product isn’t meeting the needs of their intended market. … Companies will continue to pivot as these needs change or the company discovers new opportunities for the business.

You probably never heard that both Facebook and YouTube started out fully intending to be dating sites, but pivoted to something more unique when they found that dating had already become an over-crowded market. Their pivots were early but real.

On HBO, Silicon Valley is a TV comedy series that follows the misadventures of introverted computer programmer and his brainy friends as they attempt to strike it rich in a high-tech gold rush. 

The show explores their start up “Pied Piper” when they realize what’s appealing to customers and what isn’t, then decide to focus their efforts on what’s working. In many cases, they find that the product or service that’s clicking with consumers isn’t what their companies were originally founded on.

Communicating the pivot becomes a very important component of the plan.

Here’s how to pivot strategically and boost sales.

  1. Solve a problem. What your current customers have to say will help you to pivot your company and turn your solution into something that really solves a need.
  2. Segment your market. Know your audience. Target those who will benefit the most from your services.
  3. Turn your product into a service. In a product marketing, only 4 P’s of the marketing mix are applicable which are product, price, place and promotion, but in the case of service marketing, three more P’s are added to the conventional marketing mix, which are people, process and physical existence.
  4. Outline the plan. Focus on a product feature and tell people how this helps them.
  5. Become the solution. Communicate how you will guide them to the solution. A “brute force” communication of the new positioning with “relentless repetition.”
  6. Communicate what failure to use your service looks like as well as what success looks like. Demonstration of product or service is one of the best ways to promote it. Further, word of mouth also helps in marketing them.

Facebook was aimed initially at college students, later aimed at consumers in general, and more recently found a lucrative growth path with businesses. Pivots thus are a normal and necessary process in expanding the market, and recognizing cultural shifts as well as kick-starting growth.

Here are four local businesses to my Roswell, GA community that I helped pivot to a new model during this crisis.

I can help you now to create a new communications plan for life after COVID-19. Contact me so we can start work on brainstorming ideas.