Should I Put A Photo on My Resume?

The Short Answer Is – No. Putting photo on resume is a very bad idea.

As the internet continues to grow, and social media becomes the “in” thing to do, people have started thinking that it is okay to slap their photo everywhere, including their resumes.

Here are some things to consider before submitting your resume with a photograph. Take a moment to read these items before you click send on that email.

1.    Discrimination is one of the most important items that a recruiter tries to avoid when filling a position. It is illegal to consider protected classes like age, race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability status, in considering a candidate for a position. For this reasons, recruiters prefer to remain “officially” unaware of whether you are a member of one of these protected classes. In order to protect the company, resumes with photos face automatic rejection to avoid the potential for accusations of discriminatory practices.

2.    There are companies and recruiters who use resume and application-filtering software that cannot recognize photograph formats. This can result in an ‘error’, causing an application rejection. Keeping your resume simple and professional is always the best way to go.

3.    It simply is not professional. If you are applying for an acting role, or a modeling job, you may have a portfolio to contain headshots and photographic information. Otherwise, as an accountant, manager, or any other job; employers do not need to know what you look like. They only need to know what your experiences are, what skills you have and what assets you can offer to the company.

Tell me now, what do you think? Do you think photos should be something that is permissible on a resume? Would you put your photo on a resume? If so, why would you do it? I would love to hear from you!


  1. Eric Thompson November 19, 2013
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