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March’s jobs report shows very few changes, keeping the unemployment rate steady at 6.7 percent and the number of unemployed at 10.5 million nationwide. It’s data that can be incredibly frustrating for active job seekers. But some key tips make a big difference in the search.

“The number one thing I always tell them is make sure you love your headshot," said Sandra Long, social media expert and career counselor. 

 Social media sites, most notably LinkedIn, are crawling with hiring managers  Social media expert Sandra Long says a professional photo of yourself is the best way to catch their eyes.

“People look at your profile to see if they want to connect with you, and they have to remember you.”

Photographers are already noticing the trend.  Westport photographer Cynthia McIntyre says she’s seen up to 15 job seekers in a day.

"Most importantly when you look at a good quality image and you feel gooda bout it your confidence just grows," she said.

 And even those already employed are coming to enhance their digitial presence.  

“I think it just personifies who you are," said real estate agent Lina Adams. "So people are able to see you and put a fresh face.”

But headshots can be pricey, sometimes costing as much as two hundred dollars. Yet, the demand is growing and that means photographers are offering some specials.  Cynthia holds what she calls “headshot days”

“We will probably do this once a year.  So, if people want to do it and they can’t afford it I will just direct them to our next headshot day,” said McIntyre.

And once your  Linkedin profile is complete, there are some key sites you’ll want to check out.

 “You can follow on linkedin on google plus and twitter you can follow their news and find out what they’re talking about,” said Long.


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