Whether you're an executive or you're just trying to make your LinkedIn profile look great for your job search, getting a professional portrait taken is a smart move for anyone who's serious about her career.

But if you don't have a photo yet, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, we've gathered some of the best resources from around the web for taking a business portrait that turns heads—and makes everybody want to work with you.

  • Start with this all-inclusive guide to taking a business portrait, from how to choose and communicate with a photographer to how to style yourself. (Work Awesome)
  • Make sure to check out these tips for taking a professional photo that gets noticed—for the right reasons(Forbes)
  • Hear what the White House photographer has to say about avoiding awkward business photos(CBS)
  • Before heading to your photography session, study up on this guide to posing in professional portraits. (The Leaky Bathtub)
  • While posing is important in a photograph, how you hold your face is a bigger issue. Check out these tips to make sure you look natural and confident. (The New York Times—Gadgetwise)
  • Remember, even if you aren't ready to get a professional portrait taken, it's important to your career that you choose photos for your online profiles carefully(U.S. News)
  • Keep these tips in mind for keeping your online avatar professional. (Fast Company)
  • Photo of professional portrait courtesy of Shutterstock.