WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY PHOTO?

To be or not to be in your Resume

 

The first impression for any applicant is almost career-important! Of course, words are expressive but they definitely yield to photo effect in a Resume. Professional HR managers are intuitive pals, and most likely they’ll impress you with a two-minute analysis of your personality.

Currently, the US companies do not officially require a photo from applicants. What’s more, in some companies HR managers aren’t even allowed to examine an applicant’s resume with a photo attached.

In this case, an in-house recruiter might disregard your resume explaining it as an applicant’s mistake in scanty studying of company’s requirements. Therefore, don’t expect any feedback on that account but put your goals into action – contact the recruiter yourself. It may seem bold to you yet not for the HR manager. You have a right to know the reason of no-reply whether your photo is available or not.

So what is the matter with a photo attached to your resume? Why is it inducing so many disputes in job seekers’ blogs? I’ve met almost dozens of comments with categorical “No!” filled with distrust to recruiters’ objectivity. Fair enough, a human factor is always present in any HR expert (“Something’s wrong with that guy if he hides his eyes answering me”), but you can’t accuse these HR people of simple caution in their work.

Intuition makes 10% percent of any HR manager’s work. Feeling that a person, sitting in front of you, is just right for the position is as precious as Java skills for a developer.

Though subjectivity makes a great deal of this photo turmoil, it’s not the reason for the recruiter to trash your Resume package. A discrimination pursuit is what scares any company! It takes too much time, efforts and financial resources to prove that you’re not a jingo or, what’s worse, a racist. Nowadays employers try to avoid any accusations in judging upon your gender, religion, gender, race, nationality, etc.

Though it’s difficult to prevent any HR manager from contemplating your photo in the LinkedIn profile where you’ve agreed to put it in public. And according to the recent study “Using Social Study in Recruitment Process” by Robert Walter almost 64% of headhunters check up your profile before choosing to contact with you or not.

Due to this, a special service (http://resume-for-you.com/services) has emerged on the career market providing a job seeker with a high-quality and 100% accuracy fill-in of one’s LinkedIn profile! I’m quite sure that in the nearest future LinkedIn might even substitute resume and CV as the main archive of your personal information. Good it or bad isn’t for this article to decide.

To sum up, I’ve come to these wise points in a photo issue:

  • Read attentively job requirements to the considered position. If nothing is said about the photo, contact an in-house recruiter and ask whether you need to attach or not a photo to your Resume applying for their position.
  • If it’s “Yes” for the photo, choose the most appropriate and business-like picture, no too sad, broad smiling or snoot-like. Don’t send photos with hats on or scoop neck. Try to seem composed but not too much reserved. No romantic secret in your eyes but a hint of interest to everything new and challenging!

Finally, don’t explain the absence of any reply with your imperfect photo, sometimes it’s just not yours, and you need to put up with it.

 

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