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Since many coming through my studio doors are actively job searching I am excited to share this guest blog post with you: Meet Mir Garvy, owner of Job Market Solutions in Raleigh, NC. We all know Raleigh is hot for jobs right now, but it’s also hot for job competition and getting your foot in the door may be harder than ever. She and her team provide resume and cover letter writing services and get your Linkedin profile where it needs to be to attract the attention of recruiters and companies (and hey hey, this is where a gorgeous new headshot comes into play!). We updated her team photos in the studio recently; since resume writing happens via email, these photos are the perfect way for clients to “meet” their writer. Read on her for her tips for creating a successful job search and see her experienced writers pictures below!

Build a Dream Team to Accelerate Your Job Search

If you listen to or read about successful people, you’ll begin to see certain patterns. One pattern I notice is that whether we’re talking about an Olympic athlete, a beloved politician, or an Academy Award winner, they all had people who helped them succeed.

No one advances in a vacuum.

It’s no different for a job seeker. If you want a better job, conduct a better job search. And the best job search begins when you draft a team of helpers. There are three kinds of professionals you should consider hiring if you want to land a job that fits you perfectly.

Career or Life Coach

If you’re not sure of the direction your search should take, a career coach will point you in the right direction. A career coach will clarify and advance your thinking process, saving you time and trouble if you are new to the work force or considering a career change.

If you are miserable in your present job, if you are ready to enter semi-retirement, or if you’ve always dreamed of a career in an unusual or limited field, a career coach should be your first stop, even before you have a resume.

A second kind of coach is the interview coach. When you know what kind of job you are aiming for, the interview coach will help you prepare so you present yourself in the best light. He or she will practice and role play with you to build your confidence and to develop the skills that help you navigate an interview.

Hire the interview coach after you have a current resume.

Resume and LinkedIn Profile Writer

Of course, every job seeker needs a resume, a concise but thorough, impressive, and well-formatted one. At Job Market Solutions, we can help with your resume, with your LinkedIn profile, and with your cover letter, too. We’ve helped over 2,500 people secure the jobs they wanted.

Headshot Photographer

Although your resume won’t show a photo of you, no LinkedIn page is complete without one. The stats say that LinkedIn pages with a photo attract 14 times as many views as those without one. Your face is the first thing visitors to your page see. The right photograph will make people want to read about you. The wrong photo (or no photo) will prompt them to bypass your page.

Forbes wrote about how your LinkedIn photo determines much more than you think.

I always encourage job applicants to hire a professional photographer for a LinkedIn profile photo. You’ll use it on your own LinkedIn page, but you can also use it on your Facebook page, your Twitter feed, or on your blog or website.

You might be thinking that you or a friend can take a good enough picture, but I’ve seen multiple things that can go wrong. To name a few: bad lighting, unflattering clothing, bad cropping, focus that’s too sharp or too soft, colors too intense or faded, a facial expression that’s not friendly or is “too friendly,” a pose that is too casual or too formal, or an image that doesn’t really look like you in real life.

A photo taken by a trained portrait photographer gives the message that you take your career seriously, and that you’ve invested time, intelligence, and money in your professional life.

Have you drafted your dream team yet?                 

About Mir Garvy, MS, CPRW – My resume writing firm helps job seekers just like you land jobs with companies like Amazon, SAS, Google, Duke University, Travelocity, Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Expedia, and IBM.


Composite headshots make bad weather reschedules a thing of the past.

You may not have noticed but Raleigh broke some records last year for all of the wrong reasons. More rainy, wet and gray days than ever before and trust me as someone who works outside regularly, it was quite a bummer! Some sessions can wait for a sunny day but what if you have executives in town for only that one day? What if you want the look of a gorgeous office space but you work in a cluttered cubicle or the look of a downtown street without the humidity wreaking havoc on your hair? Shooting in our Raleigh studio and editing the background after is a cost effective and easy way to create the look you want.

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Composite images can be taken in studio on simple backgrounds that work well on their own; or you can take things up a notch in post processing. Professional headshot and composite photos are a great way to maintain a consistent brand for your company, group or team. New team members added at a later time will maintain the same lighting and perspective ensuring a uniform brand wherever your photos are displayed. We can even take a background photo of a location you have in mind for a custom look whatever the season or weather.

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Happy Hour, friends, mimosas and a headshot – updating your personal brand has never been so much fun!

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Introducing Headshots and Happy Hour, a private social event for you and your coworkers, friends or professional networking group. It’s all of the world’s best things rolled into one day. Your best friends, lots of laughs, professional make up application & amazing new photos for your business profile, LinkedIn, and social media all at a group rate. Oh, and did we mention the mimosas are on us?

Available for groups of 4+ in our Raleigh studio or at a location of your choosing. Each person receives photo-ready make up application, a 20 minute photo session, complimentary drinks/snacks and 20 retouched proofs to select from. One digital image file of your choosing is included.

Happy Hour Headshot dates are limited so plan a month in advance.

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Full details are available on this page: Headshots & Happy Hour

Just bring is your beautiful self and your beautiful friends, leave the rest up to us!



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Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram; People often meet your headshot before they meet you. And that selfie just doesn’t cut it. If you have been putting off your headshot because it’s just too hard to schedule, this is the event for you! Visit our Facebook event for more details!

facebook social media headshot event raleighUpdate your professional headshot with a quick, headshot mini session at our Raleigh Studio. This event is a low stress way to update your personal brand in just a few minutes (and at a discounted rate). Invite your friends or coworkers for a fun after work outing!

Friday, March 23, 2018
4-6 pm (limited morning slots:

Select your time here:

• 10 minute studio headshot session
• 10-12 lightly retouched proofs to choose from
• One digital image file

After you register we will send you our Headshot Guide to walk you through every step of the process. Session fee is required to secure your spot and is non-refundable (may be applied to a future session if you must reschedule). View galleries at

• If your current headshot is anywhere from 2-12 years old
• If your current headshot was taken in a bathroom mirror
• If your current headshot crops out your ex boyfriend
• If you are looking for a new work opportunity
• If you are in a professional field
• If you are active on LinkedIn
• If you are trying to impress that ex boyfriend
• If you are an aspiring model or actor

Show up 10 minutes before your scheduled time and be ready to smile for your quick photo session. Within 3 days a gallery of 5-7 lightly retouched proofs will be sent to you. Choose your favorite and 1 image file (jpeg) will be sent to you in portrait and square crops.

Leave that up to me! With more than 15 years in the photography industry I will guide you, pose you, artistically light you and capture you in the most flattering way.

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If you need more time or would prefer professional make up artist please visit my site for full session options on this page. I look forward to seeing you soon!

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2018 Magazine Update!

My headshot magazine has been updated for the new year, chock full of information to help you best prepare for your personal branding photo session.

Headshot Branding Photo Session Raleigh Magazine
If you planning for your upcoming photoshoot or just considering it take the time to read through this booklet. I have covered everything from what a session entails, what to wear and how to prepare in the days leading up to your appointment time. Sample images can help you decide how you would like your professional image to be seen; smiling and outgoing? Serious and business minded? Indoors or outdoors? We will guide you through every step of the portrait process and new for 2018 – an in studio hair and make up option. All you need to do is show up and let us handle the rest!

Beyond traditional marketing avenues, you have the opportunity to make an impression by creating a Social Media presence. This branding is perfect for Doctors, Lawyers, Real Estate Agents, Business Executives, Creatives, Authors, Bloggers, Artists, Designers, and Musicians and more. You can create a powerful and memorable personal brand in just one afternoon. You industry and personal style will guide the look of your photos. No two sessions are ever the same.

Making the time to have professional headshots made is an easy investment in your future and I promise, you will love the final product (and have fun doing it!)!