Should you include a photo on your resume? This is a question no HR manager or recruiter has a definite answer to. We tried to figure out whether the presence of a photo on a resume is important, and what the photo should look like in order to attract the attention of the potential employer.
Should I put my photo on my resume?
It is difficult to say for sure whether everyone must attach a photo to their resume, but sometimes you definitely cannot do without a photo. For example, the positions of HR manager, hostess, secretary, sales assistant, or sales manager involve constant communication with people, so the candidate's appearance plays a vital role in these jobs. You can also include your photo on a resume if you apply for remote work to win over a recruiter or employer.
What do employers think of photos on a resume?
According to research, 88% of recruiters consider all resumes, regardless of a photo's presence. Only 4% of recruiters do not open a resume without a photo. 71% of employers believe that a good resume photo helps in employment.
So how to choose an effective photo for your CV?
When choosing a photo for your resume, pay attention to the following points:
1. Make sure the photo is high-resolution and high-quality
Grainy and blurry photos are no-good for a resume.
2. Choose portraits, not full-length photos
The purpose of a resume photo is to show your face, the most important part of your appearance.
3. Photos from parties or vacations are inappropriate
Applicants add all kinds of photos on their resumes: group photos (probably offering recruiters to try and guess which of these people is a candidate), photos in swimsuits and revealing outfits, bathroom selfies, etc. Serious candidates do not do that.
4. Passport photos will not do
It would seem that a passport photo is the embodiment of seriousness, which means it is perfect for a resume, but it is not. Photos like these can seem too formal, and the faces in passport photos are often very tense.
5. The photo should be up-to-date
It's a little strange if a recruiter sees a photo of a burning brunette with a bob haircut in a resume, but a girl with blue dreadlocks comes to the interview. Make sure your resume photo keeps up with your changes in appearance and age.
6. Do not overdo with Photoshop
In pursuit of the perfect shot, don't overdo it with enhancements. You're not on Tinder.
7. Take a photo specifically for your resume
If you cannot find a suitable photo for your resume in the archive, do not be lazy to arrange a mini-photo session for yourself. Call a friend with skilled hands, choose an outfit, and take high-quality shots with good lighting.