5 Tips for CV Photos

03 Jun, 2022

Here are 5 tips to make sure you come across as your lovely self on your CV pictures.

Whether a candidate should include a photograph on their CV or not is an ongoing debate amongst recruiters and potential employers. Personally, we prefer a photo on a CV as it puts a face to the successes and achievements and, as first impressions count, it can definitely be beneficial for your application to include a well executed photograph. The following points have to be kept in mind when taking your picture: 1.  Present yourself in a professional manner. You don't need to hire a professional photographer to take a few headshots, but your picture should at least present you to the viewer in a professional light. Your favourite selfie at a party or a picture of you on your weekly hike does not reflect your prowess in the office and is not the professional image you want to present on a CV. 2. Show your Face. Do not wear a hat, sunglasses or anything else that obscures the clarity of the face in the photo. A frown also obscures the clarity of your face. This is not the photo you're showing the Metro Police when they pull you over, this is not a passport photo. This photo shows your potential employers who you are, and everyone loves a friendly face in their office. So,  comb your hair, take off your sunnies, find a well lit area near a window or outdoors in the shade and SMILE. And please, please don't pout. 3. Two words: Plain Background. A neutral or white background is the best choice if you want a professional looking photo that focuses on your face. Take a few of them, select your favourite and crop from the shoulders up. 4. No Instagram filters, Lightroom presets and Photoshop. Photos create expectations and looking like a completely different  person on the photo is not going to make any positive contributions to your interview process. Instead, it will be distract from what you have to say, be a point of discussion after you've left and your skills, achievements and education will fall by the wayside when the interviewers remember you in their decision making process. Just look like your natural, good looking self. PLUS editing your photo reduces the quality, which brings us to the next point...

5. Give them quality. Your photo should be in focus, in high resolution and not blurry at all. That immediately eliminates the  instagram background blur and fade tools. A low-quality photo can be such an eye-sore on a CV that the first impression you are trying to create won't have the desired results.

Now, you go get that job!

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