See - it's interesting isn't it?
I didn't get the impression thet Preston was "talking" as him. I got the impression that he was talking as a client.
I may be wrong - and maybe Preston is a raving, mysoganistic terror - but I don't think so - I think he was just giving an opinion on a profile and photo that someone had asked for.
I would wholehartedly agree with you if I thought otherwise but Preston was just trying to help here - like we all are ...
Petra, I don't mind you speaking your mind, but you are simply incorrect here. My post represents a very real perspective. It is in no way insulting to suggest that the contractor consider this. The contractor claims to be a customer service worker and virtual assistant, but her photo does not picture her as such.
And yes, I would have said the same thing about a man who introduced himself in his profile overview text as a father and husband and pictured himself in a car.
Think about it:
Why would I hire a customer service representative or virtual assistant who is in a car when I have a dozen other candidates who (based on their photos) are not in a car, and half of them can be seen actually sitting in comfortable, quiet settings in front of computers while wearing professional quality headsets?
The contractor said she would love to work with "serious business owners." Presumably this target clientele is interested in hiring serious virtual assistants. Will members of her target audience judge a contractor based on their photo? Yes, as do we all, whether or not we regard it as polite or appropriate to admit it.
I think you may be confusing my advice as some sort of ideological treatise (which it is not), rather than what it is: a simple tip intended to increase profitability.
@Preston H wrote:
. My post represents a very real perspective. It is in no way insulting.
You are now trying to dictate to me what I may find insulting?
you could have made the point about the photo without trying to score a cheap shot with the nonsense about kids and lunches.
i actually completely agree that the photo does not help at all, The point could have been made differently.
@skyla m wrote:
Thank you so much for your input. I have edited my overview. Is that better?
Yes, it's better, but for my liking still a bit fluffy and check your grammar.
I'd concentrate on more precise skills and their benefit to the client (as the client looks at your profile wanting to know how hiring you will benefit them)
You have a Sales background. You understand Unique Selling Points. What are yours? Sell yourself. You are your product. SELL IT TO US!
Thank you so much for your feedback. I wil consider changing my profile picture once I can find a suitable one. It's funny you say that hahaha I wish I was driving to ballet and soccer practices all the time. Nope, I barely leave my house. I live in a secluded cabin in the woods 45 minutes from town and I currently share my car with my husband until he can get his truck fixed. I don't really leave my house unless I am going to church on Sunday or into town twice a month to buy groceries. It's rediculous.