Your profile photo is the first impression you'll make on people seeking care for themselves or a loved one via Mycare – it’s an important part of the screening process. Here are some tips to ensure you upload a photo that enhances your credibility and improves your chances of getting a great job.
1) Pick a photo that conveys warmth
People looking for someone to help are looking to make a connection with you, so you can’t go wrong with a plain, in-focus shot of your entire face. Choose an image in which you're smiling and your face isn't obscured by a hat or sunglasses. The friendlier you appear, the more likely it is that people will want to learn more about you.
2) Avoid group shots
You may love that group shot of you and your friends or family, but it’s not the best image to use as your profile photo on Mycare. Group shots make it hard to tell which person is you, adding unnecessary confusion to the mix. However, if the best photo you have of yourself is a group shot, you can use the photo-editing feature when you upload your photo to crop everyone else out.
3) Save the arty images for Facebook
We love a cute animal photo as much as the next person, but it's not appropriate for your profile picture – we want to see you! The same applies to children and arty scenery shots.
4) Keep it professional
Nothing says “I don’t take this seriously” like a risqué or revealing picture. Keep the following rule in mind: if you wouldn’t wear it to a job interview or work, don’t wear it in your profile photo. Also, be sure the photo isn't taken in a strange setting, for example, the bathroom mirror. If you’re unsure about whether to use a photo or not, use the “front page test.” Would you be comfortable with your mother seeing the photo on the front page of the New Zealand Herald? No? Then it might be best to find another.
If you don’t have a photo you can use, ask a friend or family member to take one for you. All you need is a blank wall and a smartphone. You can then upload it straight from the phone to your Mycare profile.
Need help uploading a photo to your profile? Call Mycare's Customer Success Team on 0800 677 700 or email email@example.com.