To Put A Picture Or Not To Put A Picture (On Your CV)? That Is The Question
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, should you purposefully put a professional profile picture on the perfect CV? Sorry, we couldnt help ourselves with that one. That title read like a tongue twister, so we ran with it. But in all seriousness, what's the deal with pictures on CVs? In this months blog, we're answering this question for you!
Unless you're a model or actor, putting a professional headshot on a CV seems to be a divisive issue when it comes to CV presentation. There is one camp who think it's old-fashioned and no longer necessary (sometimes even downright discriminatory), and other people who think it's a great addition AND if you're giving them the link to a LinkedIn profile, why the heck not? They're going to see your smiling face over there anyway!
Because we know how many of you like writing pro and con lists when making important life decisions, we've taken the liberty of breaking this head-scratcher down for ya!
PROS TO INCLUDING A PICTURE ON YOUR CV
Including a purposefully curated professional headshot makes you look purposefully professional! Employers can see that you've gone out of your way to get the picture taken, which shows you care about how you will be perceived.
It can make a CV design look great! From a design perspective, it adds a nice weight to the page, injects a splash of colour, and adds to all the other design elements by helping things look more balanced and pleasing to the eye.
It gives an employer an idea of you as a person. A picture paints a thousand words, right? So what will your profile picture be telling an employer about you? i.e. Friendly, professional, approachable, well-presented, confident? Let your picture do some of the talking!
A practical reason you might want to include your picture in a CV is that it will help an employer identify you in person when you go for the interview. If they already know what you look like/who to look out for, you've already built a little rapport and given them some confidence that they're approaching the right person in the waiting room!
CONS TO INCLUDING A PICTURE ON YOUR CV
Your style, hair, makeup, facial hair, etc.. might change like the wind, so it can be a pain in the proverbial if you have to keep updating your headshots!
You're opening yourself up for discrimination in a sense. If you're rocking a snazzy but slightly less than professional look (i.e. brightly coloured hair, facial/head/neck tattoos, loads of funky piercings etc..) you might not want to include your profile picture as it can lead employers to make a judgement on you before they give you a chance (an unfortunate, but realistic point to consider).
If your picture isn't high quality or not a proper professional headshot, including it can do you a disservice by making you appear sloppy or drawing employers to the fact that your presentation and attention to detail isn't the best. (Your headshot definitely shouldn't be a cropped image that includes someone else's shoulder...)
You'd feel strange including it... This is a point to consider! If you're not confident including your profile picture, then don't! Confidence when sending in your job application is key, and if you do not love every inch of your CV, it can negatively impact how you present yourself.
Where do we sit on this debate then? As you may know, many things in CV-land can be pretty black and white when it comes to what is acceptable to include (or leave out), but we have to be honest and say that this is one of the few grey areas with us. We are 100% happy to include a picture on your CV or to leave it off. Your Creative Fix CV design will be fantastic with or without it, so there is no issue there!
At the end of the day, including your picture is an individual decision, so it is up to you what you feel comfortable doing.