Following on from our article on what makes a good CV, we commonly get asked whether a photo should be included on your CV.
As a general rule, a photo shouldn’t be included if applying for jobs throughout the UK. The only times this rule would not apply is for candidates looking for acting / modelling / hostess jobs, etc., (specifically a position were appearance is important), or where a recruiter actually requests one.
I do need a photo on my CV, so what now?
If you do use a photo, do not use photocopied versions – either attach a small passport size photo using a paperclip or, even better, scan a copy into your computer and insert the picture onto your CV itself. The size of your photo should be somewhere around 1.5″ by 1.5″.
The choice of photo can also be important…it is best to have a picture taken wearing a suit and looking smart – not on holiday in Spain last summer with your sunglasses on. This may sound obvious but we have seen CVs with photos like this attached!