Ask DN: Headshot on my resume?

over 6 years ago from , Pretend designer and product person

A portrait or headshot is common on personal sites - but it is obnoxious to include one on my resume?


  • Nick MNick M, over 6 years ago

    Hiring manager here.

    Absolutely not.

    18 points
  • Weston VierreggerWeston Vierregger, over 6 years ago

    Both on personal sites and résumés, I find portraits tacky.

    18 points
  • Kyle Greely, over 6 years ago

    No one here seems to understand that résumés are different depending on what country you're in. Here in Europe, it's very common to have your photo on your CV. Hiring managers here expect it. Just follow whatever CV practices suit your country or the country where the job you're applying for is located.

    9 points
  • Nick CiliakNick Ciliak, over 6 years ago

    In my opinion, yes. Unless you are an actor or model, what you look like should not be important on a resume.

    There may be edge cases where it could be helpful to have a headshot, but in my mind it would often do more harm than good.

    9 points
  • No NameNo Name, over 6 years ago

    I recommend checking out this Forbesarticle.

    My biggest problem with headshots on your resumé is that your physical appearance really shouldn't influence your hiring at all. From a hiring perspective, the Forbes article says:

    It’s illegal to consider factors like age, race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability status in hiring decisions. So hiring authorities prefer to not “officially” know whether you’re a member of one of these protected classes. If you put a photo on your resume, you reveal some of these details. If the employer later interviews you but doesn’t hire you, it opens the possibility of a discrimination claim. Some companies will even flat-out reject resumes with photos, just to avoid that potential accusation.

    This policy seems right on the money from a legal stand point, so I would argue including a photo actually hurts you.

    Lastly, it's tacky.

    7 points
  • Mike MaiMike Mai, over 6 years ago

    It really depends on your personal branding. Have fun at it. It's only obnoxious if you choose to make it so.

    5 points
  • Wes OudshoornWes Oudshoorn, over 6 years ago

    Here in The Netherlands, it is pretty acceptable to put a picture on your resume. I think it puts a face to the name, which I find easier when interviewing people.

    I know that we should not judge people by their gender / appearance. Although "blind interviews processes" are a way to limit that, I think that we should be professionals as well and make a conscious effort to make hiring decisions based on merit and culture fit.

    3 points
  • Mark O'NeillMark O'Neill, over 6 years ago

    The title reads like a line from Alanis Morisette's Ironic.

    2 points
  • Ryan Bales, over 6 years ago

    I wouldn't. If they are interested they are going to Google you anyway.. I'm sure your headshot will pop up when they do that.

    1 point
    • Jay RJay R, over 6 years ago

      I have very embarrassing pictures on google but hopefully my headhunters do not recognise me as I have a beard now.

      1 point
  • Luke Bugbee, 6 years ago

    I look like a 12 year old so headshot is a no either way, best leave finding out I drank the fountain of youth dry for the in-person meet and greet.

    0 points
  • Katelyn Caillouet, over 6 years ago

    The strong aversion to headshots on resumes that people have reacted with here is very interesting, considering we all have photos on LinkedIn and Dribbble...

    I'm curious why people think not including a photo on a resume means hiring managers/recruiters will be bias-free.

    0 points
  • Kat ☺, over 6 years ago

    I think showing your personality is important, but headshots are kind of naff. Your resume should be able todisplay who you are and what you do without that. In your interview is where you really want to translate your skills and who you are.

    0 points
  • Kyle MitchellKyle Mitchell, over 6 years ago

    It's super common on a CV in europe. not necessarily here in the US

    0 points
  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, over 6 years ago


    0 points
  • Christopher Mansfield, over 6 years ago

    Use the extra space to sell your qualities and story, done successfully they will visit your personal site, Dribbble, Linkedin ect. where you can present a photo of yourself.

    0 points
  • Luca Candela, over 6 years ago

    Please avoid. That's what Linkedin is for.

    0 points
  • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, over 6 years ago

    Just put it on your LinkedIn and link to your profile.

    0 points
  • Jesse HeadJesse Head, over 6 years ago

    Nah, it's amateurish.

    0 points
  • Yen LaiYen Lai, over 6 years ago

    please don't include a headshot.

    in fact, why are you even thinking of doing it? seriously. what is the point?

    0 points