One of our readers (Hey there Sabrina) recently wrote to us with a question regarding our position on whether photos should be included with resumes.
As often happens when Jon and I respond to the same question, our opinions differ. In this cas however, the difference is mostly based on norms within our respective countries.
Both Jon and I agreed that including photos contributes to a person evaluating a response having a sense of who is on the team, as well as the team feeling more ‘real’. However, the guidelines, stated or implied, within our respective countries and cultures, caused us to operate differently.
Jon responded that within the UK, the preference seems to be to include photos.
I pointed out that on this side of the pond, I typically don’t see photos included and I advise clients with whom I’m working not to include them. In fact, Federal guidelines which govern many responses restrict any reference to a person’s ethnic background and photos would be such a reference.
We’d be interested to hear what you’re seeing in RFP’s regarding photos and whether you typically include them. Let us know.