If you’re an actor or a model, the answer to the question posed by this week’s blog title is obvious. It’s an absolute must to include your photo with your resume. Casting directors are keenly interested in both an actor’s looks and talent. In many cases, it’s important that film and television producers are able to place their actors in made-up families or scenarios that are in keeping with their overall appearances.

But not everyone is an actor or model, of course. Outside of the entertainment world, a picture isn’t generally considered necessary to go along with a resume. However, it would appear as if industry professionals are split down the middle with respect to this topic. As we all know, it’s commonplace to have our photos accompany such legal documentation as our driver’s licences. And, after all, aren’t our resumes essentially sources of identification?

What is the argument FOR including your photo with your resume?

We’ve come a long way in the world of communication. Each and every day, most of us hop online to use our social media accounts in order to express our innermost thoughts and opinions to the world. Each post, comment or tweet is generally accompanied by a thumbnail that represents a user’s profile picture. In 2018, no one seems to be too shy to expose themselves. The thinking is that, in today’s world, it’s incredibly easy to discover what a person looks like.

The IT sector also seems to agree with the concept of having a resume portray more than just a person’s work experience. Even hiring managers who are lukewarm to the idea will admit that job seekers who are shortlisted can be researched on LinkedIN and Facebook in order to help them make their final decisions. Enhancv.com has actually established a very unique and easy way to help job seekers build their resumes that include headshots!

Sharlyn Laudy of #HRBartender brings it all home, “At the end of the day, I don’t mind looking at your picture because I’m hiring people not just words on a piece of paper. Add to this, descriptions of your performance, and you’re showing me a whole person.”

What is the argument AGAINST including your photo with your resume?

There is still a number of industries that prefer the traditional way of resume writing. Photos, many professionals believe, are examples of shameless self-promotion and are therefore considered unnecessary for the whole hiring process.

On TheBalanceCareers.com, Alison Doyle explains that omitting photos from resumes helps to deter discriminatory hiring practices. “The rationale for excluding photos has been to protect employers from allegations of discrimination based on race, age, weight, gender, attractiveness or personal style,” she informs.

Do you prefer to have your resumes come with photos of your applicants? Let’s discuss!