If you’ve updated your resume recently then you probably did a Google search for “Resume Writing Tips” and were overwhelmed by the amount of information, advice, and opinions. There isn’t one right way to write a resume, but one question that we still get with surprising frequency is: Should I include a photo on my resume? Read on to find out what we think:
You should NOT include a photo on your resume.
Including a photo on your resume is not standard practice for most people and it can work against you more often than it can work in your favor. The goal with a resume is to appeal to the biggest audience possible. To do this, it is in your best interest to avoid putting a photo on your resume. Doing so can create opportunities for discrimination and invite unnecessary bias. Some hiring managers and HR professionals may even consider it a poor use of judgement.
Because it is not standard practice in America, including a photo on your resume sends a message that you want your appearance to be a factor in whether you’re offered (or not offered) the job. This isn't an advisable way to go about getting attention from potential employers.
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