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As you are pulling yourself together and getting ready to embark on a job search, is it necessary to have a professional photo to go along with your resume? I think it is becoming more and more important, but there are a few things to consider before you pick out a snapshot and paste it next to your name.
First of all, there are a couple of things I have to say:
I absolutely do not think you should include your photo on your resume, barring a few exceptions. However, job searches today are so much more than resume drop-offs. Your LinkedIn profile, Facebook information, and personal website are integral parts of your job search. Having a photo as part of your online presence is critical. That scary grey silhouette that comes with an incomplete profile is not how you want recruiters to see you. You want them to know that you spent some time developing your online profile, and that you care about how you present yourself. You also want them to be able to distinguish you from the other 412 people on LinkedIn with a similar name.
If recruiters are searching online profiles to actively seek out potential candidates, they are much more likely to view a profile if it includes a photo. No one clicks on a profile that seems incomplete at first glance.
When should you include your photo on your resume or other printed materials?
What should you consider when choosing a photo for your profile?
As with every part of your job search, there is a fine line between being the best candidate you can be and just being yourself. Your photo is a great way to inject a little personality into your profile!
Written by Leanne Goplen Zabriskie, Recruiting Knowledge Manager at Aasonn