This will work well for good looking people, not so well for everyone else.
Pretty people are generally clueless if you can't tell. So I have no fear about that lol
My friend is Mexican-American. He has a Spanish name but he looks like a nerdy white guy. Years ago, he was having trouble finding a job. He's a super smart, super awesome product manager so he didn't suspect it was his skills. So he A/B tested his resume; one with a photo and one without.
The resume with the photo got him a lot more call backs and interviews.
This seems to be the actual case with most people I know that are actually applying right now.
Reminds me of a story in the news a couple days ago where a hispanic guy changed his name from Jose to Joe on his resume and got more leads because of it.
Depends if you look like Ryan Gosling or not
In EU, having a photo on your resume is quite mandatory in my opinion. It shows trust, and you can read quite a few things about a personality from the persons face .. and a good personality is an important thing to have.
Having talked with a few people who actually hire people, they've told me that a resume without a photo can mean a few things, like the person didn't work hard enough on said resume or is too shy or maybe just someone who will work with you for a month and then leave.
Either way, at least as far as I know, in EU having a photo is a must.
I'm from Denmark, and have to agree on this one.
Photos are non-existent in the UK job scene.
Not that it matters too much – you can almost always see them via social media, etc.
Amazing. I had no idea that it was norm in the EU.
It’s pretty standard in Japan, too, in my experience – though it goes even further, where a resume is a form you purchase and fill out. I guess this makes it easier to compare candidates and shows off their penmanship.
Here in Australia I believe it’s considered almost rude to include a photo. Almost like you’re overselling yourself, or trying to compensate for a lack elsewhere – rather than it necessarily being about discrimination.
My cousin recently has been applying to open positions and his resume has his face on it. Have not heard a single issue about it. He has already gotten a few call backs and interviews.
Personally I believe that will become the new standard. I have no fear about being tossed into some imaginary trash pile.
I'd generally say "no" — especially in the US. For a few different reasons.
Most importantly, wearing my employer's hat, I don't give a rats arse what you look like. I care about your work, and what you do for the organisations you've worked for. You're using up valuable real estate to show me something I don't care about and should not affect my hire/no-hire decision. Your resume is a piece of design work. You're showing me that you're not designing for the end-user ;-)
This is anecdotal — but the resume's I've had in the past that have included photos have tended to be the less able candidates. I would do my best to read past that, but I'm human.
There have been a couple of companies I've worked with in the US in the past that would automatically bin any resume that came in with a photo, because they felt it raised the risk of discrimination claims (I personally doubt that it actually would — but your resume would still be in the bin.)
Portfolio? Sure. Resume? No. It's a list of your experience, skills, and qualifications. Your face is none of those.
I've got my photo on my resume for a few reasons. I want to present myself as friendly and professional, and I feel like it is a good visual to support my brand.
There are a lot of naysayers who warn against discrimination lawsuits, and whatnot, but I wanted to hear what the creative community has to say on the matter.
Also, I am on the job market. Let me know if you are looking for a PM. :)
I think it works in your resume, but consider re-taking the photo with a less messy background (although the photo you have there is alright, just not perfect).
Oh god yes!
One of the main benefits of being a designer is that you own, or has a friend who owns a SLR, and you can art direct a nice looking photo. Everyone looks nice with a bokeh background. This is a huge pro for job applications and dating apps.
Edit: apparently not in the US. That's so strange! I'm from Europe.
Research says NO. Recruiters will spend more time looking at your photo than your experience. http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/03/26/what-your-resume-is-up-against/
In my opinion, the perfect resume structure: http://uxmovement.com/products/light-resume-easy-on-the-eyes-and-your-printer/
I would love to hear more responses to this question from people who are actually in the position of screening resumes or making hiring decisions and see what their thoughts are.
Seems kinda weird since no resume I've ever seen has had a picture. Just put it on your about page.