• Angel ColbergAngel Colberg, 9 years ago

    This will work well for good looking people, not so well for everyone else.

    9 points
  • Mitch Malone, 9 years ago

    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.

    6 points
    • Joseph FelicianoJoseph Feliciano, 9 years ago

      Thank you.

      This seems to be the actual case with most people I know that are actually applying right now.

      1 point
    • Nathan NNathan N, 9 years ago

      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.

      2 points
  • Simon EvansSimon Evans, 9 years ago

    Depends if you look like Ryan Gosling or not

    6 points
  • Asko NõmmAsko Nõmm, 9 years ago

    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.

    3 points
    • Gabriel BrodersenGabriel Brodersen, 9 years ago

      I'm from Denmark, and have to agree on this one.

      0 points
    • Ryan BowmanRyan Bowman, 9 years ago


      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.

      1 point
    • Joseph KeenanJoseph Keenan, 9 years ago

      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.

      0 points
  • Joseph FelicianoJoseph Feliciano, 9 years ago

    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.

    2 points
  • Adrian HowardAdrian Howard, 9 years ago

    I'd generally say "no" — especially in the US. For a few different reasons.

    1. 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 ;-)

    2. 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.

    3. 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.)

    2 points
  • Jared CJared C, 9 years ago

    Portfolio? Sure. Resume? No. It's a list of your experience, skills, and qualifications. Your face is none of those.

    1 point
  • Alec Molloy, 9 years ago

    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. :)

    1 point
  • Bart Claeys, 9 years ago

    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).

    0 points
  • Nils SköldNils Sköld, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    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.

    0 points
  • anthony thomasanthony thomas, 9 years ago

    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/

    0 points
  • John LockeJohn Locke, 9 years ago

    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.

    0 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, 9 years ago


    0 points
  • Arma GetronArma Getron, 9 years ago

    Seems kinda weird since no resume I've ever seen has had a picture. Just put it on your about page.

    0 points