Have you ever thought of putting your headshot on a resume? It's probably already on your Linkedin profile. Older HR people seem to disdain the resume photo, but the new school of thought is that pictures are everywhere. If you are afraid of being discriminated against, you probably should not do it.
Valerie Streif, a Senior Advisor with an organization with decades of experience hiring, managing and mentoring hundreds of prospective job candidates says this:
Kyra Mancine, a social media specialist for North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials, asked a few of her recruiters for their thoughts on the idea.
Q: Should job seekers use a headshot on their resume?
A: “No, a resume is not the place to use a headshot. The resume is a place to describe your background and qualifications. You want to maximize the limited space you have for that. LinkedIn is a better avenue to put a professional photo.” – Joe Bianchi, Corporate Recruiter.
A: “Your resume should only be a snapshot of relatable experience and skills. You don’t want anything on there that is going to distract from that” Damon Arnold, Corporate Recruiter.
A: “Photos can give clues to other things – like marital status, etc. You don’t want to skew our perceptions and cloud our judgment when we are trying to objectively screen a candidate for a position.” Claire Tuck, Corporate Recruiter
A: “Stick to LinkedIn for your photo. The only exception to this might be for a customer-facing position like sales, but even then, I would opt to not put your headshot on there.” Brendan Sheehan, Corporate Recruiter.