Should You Put A Picture On Your Resume? Yes Or No

Having the desire to put a photograph of yourself on your resume isn’t a bad inclination. It shows that you want to have a unique resume and cover letter. And that you want to stand out.

This is a great first start. Standing out will absolutely help you increase your chances of getting asked to interview on-site.

But, including a photograph with your resume is somewhat unorthodox. Should you do it?

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Including A Photo, Yes Or No

The short answer is no. Including a photograph along with your resume can cause some serious question marks to arise for the Human Resources department.

First, they might interpret you attaching a photo of yourself in a variety of ways. The first would be your desire to show your diversity.

The second reason is that you might care about your self image. This is important but not during your job application stage.

Self image becomes important during your interview, when you want to exude confidence. But at this moment in your job search process, it doesn’t add a lot of value.

A Photograph Could Send You to SPAM

It’s true that if you include a photograph of yourself, you might get sent to SPAM. It depends on whether or not the job applicants are going through an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) or not.

But generally speaking, a photograph might send your email to the SPAM folder, due to the fact that it might appear like SPAM.

Keep your resume and cover letter clean. Focus on what’s important to bring up inside of each of these assets.

Alternatives To A Photo On The Resume In Order To Stand Out

If you want to stand out, instead of attaching a photograph, consider some of the following ideas:

Include your LinkedIn URL as part of your contact information (link). This way, if the interviewer is curious, they can visit your professional page.

Include a video interview or video of yourself speaking to your desire for the job. This is similar to attaching a photograph of yourself but the video shows your verbal communication skills and ability to speak to what makes you unique.

A video mentioning what you love about the company and why you want to interview can be a way to show the team that you’re passionate about getting the job.

The last way to stand out would be to try and make your resume humorous or unique in some fashion. But this isn’t advised as many readers might misinterpret your message.

Really Wanting To Include A Photograph

If you really feel compelled to add your photograph to your resume, the best place to put it would be at the business heading of the resume. This is where your contact information goes.

By putting it in this position, you give the employer the opportunity to read your name and then see your face.

Keep your photograph business professional. If you need to, make it black and white. Ensure that the photograph is of you wearing business casual clothing. Avoid a photograph of you that doesn’t appear like a business headshot.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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