October 24, 2018 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: branding and marketing, spotlight
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
Career services professionals urge students to include a professional picture with their LinkedIn profile, but what about on their resumes?
In a recent NACE Community discussion, most participants said a picture doesn’t belong on a resume in the United States. Their reasons included:
One employer said that his organization hasn’t had a problem uploading resumes with photos. Another said that he, personally, didn’t mind receiving photos. A career services practitioner said that an employer requested photos to help jog his/her memory when reviewing resumes later.
“Ask a Manager” blogger Alison Green advises that students leave the photo off their resume unless they are applying for a job as a model or actor. Their appearance, she says, has nothing to do with their ability to do the job and including a photo on a resume could come across as unprofessional.
A recruiter noted that she had identified a recent graduate, who had included a picture, for an entry-level role in her company. The hiring manager wanted the photo removed from the grad’s resume before reviewing it. The new grad, who was the number one candidate, was adamant that the photo remains on the resume. The graduate lost out on the job.
The solution? Said one director of career services: “[Students should put their] LinkedIn URL on [their] resume—and leave [their] photo on LinkedIn.”
Do you have thoughts to share? Join the discussion in the NACE Community.
Median number of professional career services staff
Percent of career centers housed in student affairs division
Median square footage of career center
Percent of career centers offering for-credit career classes
Percent of career centers conducting first-destination surveys
2017-18 Career Services Benchmark Survey