Drafting up a decent resume is one thing. Deciding whether to put your photo on it is another. It takes a lot of doubts and calculations to arrive at the right conclusion and complete your CV. We have decided to facilitate this task for you and guide you through the process of thinking. Besides, today in the age of Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn it takes only a couple of minutes to find out how you look (and much, much more, so beware of social networks while on job search).
Before settling on some decision, visualize:
When you have answers to these questions ready, the decision will come to you easily.
Basically, today it is not recommended to put a picture on your CV because first of all, it can lead to discrimination (or accusation of discrimination practiced by employers). The rise in such accusations led to situations where blind selection takes place, that is, names, pictures, and college names are hidden and only qualifications and experience are visible. So with or without a picture, expertise, and experience rule.
But if you plan to work in the service industry where you see lots of people, in acting, modeling and some other areas that require certain appearance, include the picture. However, be careful about what picture to include.
It is better not to include a picture at all than to include a low quality or inappropriate one. So before pasting your smiling face into the CV look critically at the image and decide, whether you would pick such an applicant if you were a recruiter.
The quality of an image should be very high. Selfie or a cutout of some travel group photo will not do. Dress formally if you apply for some position that means self-presentation as a serious, reputable expert (banking, finances, law). Dress in business casual or smart casual if your work is less representative and basically requires comfort for you all day long. Smile a little or stay serious while photo shoot happens. And yes, a good photographer is a must. No photographer – no photo at all.
If you have a good picture of you on LinkedIn profile, use this picture on the CV as well. If it is known as your professional brand across the web, let the employer know it and remember it.
The picture should be high resolution, but it should take as little space on the resume as possible. So a typical passport size picture is fine. It should show your face, maybe shoulders, and nothing else. A simple hairstyle, natural makeup, no loud jewelry (unless it is part of your professional image).
Where it is easy to find. The top right-hand corner is okay. Just keep it small and tidy. Besides, to give HRs understanding of how you look, it is not necessary to put a photo right into the CV.
Instead of pasting your picture right into a resume, you can paste a link to your LinkedIn profile. This is a reason you should have it. Just remember, the requirements to resume picture apply to LinkedIn profile as well. It should identify you as a professional, not as a happy traveler or a party-goer.
If a resume is used for networking, i.e. for making connections with people at large events or with the purpose of getting a job through third-party assistance, it also needs a picture. People will remember your face better than your name, and then it will trigger a whole lot of memories related to a business environment where they saw you. Here you go, you are at once tagged as professional in their minds.
Seems like we’ve covered all points, but let’s go through the checklist of do’s and don’ts of a resume picture.
We hope that now you can handle the question of the picture on a resume with more confidence, and this is just what we wanted to accomplish. Use our tips to build yourself a cool and professionally looking resume!