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Should You Add a Photo to Your Resume?

Should You Add a Photo to Your Resume?
From Recruiter - October 7, 2017

Recently, Ive started regularly receiving a question I hadnt heard much before: Should I put my photo on my resume?

Its a great question! If youve wondered the same thing, youre not alone. Many resume templates with embedded photos are beginning to pop up on the internet. In all honesty, these templates are often beautifully designed. They look like works of art. At first glance, theyre very enticing, and they can make you question what you thought were the rules of the road with resumes. Have things changed since the last time you looked?

Despite all this, I would not recommend putting a photo on your resume. Companies arent supposed to factor certain information, such as age, race, and gender, into hiring decisions. Providing a photo gives the company the option to make judgments about you that are unrelated to your work experience. Remember, it takes years to build up your experience, but it only takes a few seconds to make a first impression, even on your resume.

A hiring manager looks at your resume for just a few moments before deciding whether or not to read further. Its best to use this precious time to showcase information such as your college degree and work experience rather than your current hairstyle and outfit.

In addition to taking the hiring managers eyes off of your expertise, a photo also risks leaving a negative first impression. There are certain unspoken rules when it comes to business. For example, you should always wear closed-toed shoes with a suit, and you should always be on time to an interview. The hiring manager probably wont bring up the picture in the top corner of your resume, but they will wonder how up-to-date your business skills really are. Theyll wonder why you included a photo when itsso far outside of the norm.



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