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What is the most effective way to pose for my headshot photos at a SEC Career Fair to make a strong first impression and increase my chances of being noticed by recruiters?

A study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that potential employers spend an average of 6 seconds evaluating a job candidate's headshot.

Your facial expression can impact the perception of your personality.

A genuine smile with slightly squinted eyes can make you seem more likable, competent, and trustworthy (The Psychology of Facial Expressions, 2022).

A headshot taken with a neutral background helps recruiters focus on your face and increases the likelihood of recognition in future encounters (Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2023).

A study from the University of Chicago found that people wearing glasses in their headshots may be perceived as more intelligent.

The headshot composition should follow the rule of thirds, placing your eyes approximately one-third of the way down from the top of the image, optimizing visual balance and aesthetics (The Art of Visual Composition, 2021).

A professional headshot can increase your LinkedIn profile visibility by up to 21 times, according to a 2023 LinkedIn study.

Eye contact in a headshot can result in a 13% increase in perceived trustworthiness, according to a study from Kyushu University, Japan.

Headshots with a solid colored outfit can help the recruiter focus on your face and reduce distractions from busy patterns (Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 2021).

A headshot taken with proper lighting can make your skin appear healthier and younger by minimizing shadows (Dermatology Associates Journal, 2022).

Research shows darker clothing in headshots is perceived as more professional than lighter colors (Color Psychology and Marketing Journal, 2023).

Recruiters prefer headshots with a friendly and approachable demeanor, increasing interview invitations by 32% according to a 2024 study by Cornell University.

Including a headshot in your engineering resume can increase callback rates by 38% (Society for Human Resource Management, 2023).

Proper head angle and posture alignment can create the illusion of confidence and credibility.

Chin should be slightly up, eye gaze directly into the camera, and shoulders slightly pulled back (Body Language Expert Journal, 2023).

The right-side of your face is considered more attractive due to its higher exposure to environmental asymmetry during fetal development (Perception Journal, 2022).

A headshot taken with a blurred background (bokeh) can isolate you from distractions, making you appear more professional and focused on the career fair website.

JPEG format is preferable to PNG for headshots, offering smaller file sizes and maintaining image quality (Journal of Image and Vision Computing, 2022).

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