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Some professionals are paying more than $1,000 for the perfect LinkedIn-ready headshot

Yahoo Finance Live anchors discuss the rising cost of professional portraits.

Video transcript

BRIAN CHEUNG: There is another story, and that is the rising price for professional headshots. And everybody, of course, wants to look good in those LinkedIn profile pics, of course, if you're not posting one of yourself crying. But apparently, some reporting showing that it's costing over $1,000 to get the right shot? I mean, Rachelle, I just used the headshot that I got when I first took on this job to put on my LinkedIn. But that seems pretty steep. I don't know if I would ever pay $1,000 for that.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: And for me, I literally would just use, like, my wall. Like, just need a plain background and my face. But I guess if you look at it as an investment in getting the right job or putting yourself in the right position, maybe you could justify it. Otherwise, I mean, we have so much on our phones. There's a million kinds of filters that'll fix you up and make you look nice and fresh. I'm not paying $1,000 for a headshot in this day and age, in this economy.

BRIAN CHEUNG: In this economy. Yeah, but I mean, it is true, though. You want to have a nice photo. You can't have a photo of yourself out at the bar on LinkedIn. But at the same time, you don't need to have wedding photo quality stuff on your LinkedIn, you know? You can probably-- like you said, you use Snapchat filter. It'll make you look nice, although don't use the dog eared ones.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: I mean, you know-- I mean, if you're trying to get a job at Petco, I mean, maybe that's the way to go. Maybe you can tailor it for the kind of job that you want. But I think it just goes to show that even though this is supposed to be an environment where the worker is supposed to be really having the upper hand, and so you would think that you wouldn't have to do as much as long as your skills and your talents matched up.

But we are seeing a lot of recruiters going to LinkedIn first. And that's obviously the place to network. So it could be a good place. If you view it as an investment in your professional future, I mean, maybe, but you have cheaper options, let's say that.

BRIAN CHEUNG: Yeah, I guess, and again, just don't post one of yourself crying. But before we go, let's take a look again at what happened in markets today, ending this Thursday, August 11 mixed across the board, with the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 essentially unchanged from where it ended the day yesterday. But the NASDAQ, those tech stocks, getting a little bit of a worse Thursday, down about 6/10 of a percent. But for the 3:00 to 5:00, for Rachelle and I, thanks so much for tuning in. Have a great night. We'll see you tomorrow.