Should I include a photo on my CV?

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!

24 Responses to Should I include a photo on my CV?

  1. Teodora says:

    How can i insert a picture into my Cv?It’s an edited picture from my computer and it’s too big.I would like to make it smaller.
    Thanh you!

  2. The CV Store says:

    Hi there!

    This all depends on the software you’re using. For example, if you are inserting the photo into Microsoft Word, you can use the built-in picture editor to reduce the size.

    However, if you’re trying to amend the picture before inserting it, using software such as PhotoShop, you’re best off searching online for specific guides.

    Do not hesitate to contact us should you require further advice!

    The CV Store

  3. Khem says:

    I am looking to apply for an events organiser role. Would a photo on my c.v. be suitable for this position?
    Thank you

  4. The CV Store says:

    Hi Khem,

    No, I don’t think you would need a photo for this situation.

  5. Maria says:

    I’m applying for a position at a consultancy company who are looking for a customer services representative with an immaculate appearance to meet and greet visitors etc. What should my photo be like on the CV? Is it appropriate to include a whole body photo where i’m in a smart short dress and heels, or is a headshot the only way to go?
    Many thanks

  6. The CV Store says:

    Maria – a head shot should be fine for a CV photo – if you use a whole body image, it would be hard to see as you’d have to scale it down to fit in on the page.

  7. Nasim says:

    I’m applying for university admission and I’m wondering if I should inser my photograph in leftside or rightside?
    Thank You!

  8. The CV Store says:

    Hi Nasim,

    To be honest, I don’t think a photo is needed. However, if you did want to include one, it wouldn’t matter which side it was placed.

    Hope this helps…

  9. Mubashir says:

    I m student of accountancy, applying for internship in an accountancy firm.
    i dont hve any previous experience, please E-MAIL me some useful cv formats,
    Thnx in advance,

  10. percival says:

    i’m a fresh grad from a university. i’m looking for my first professional employment as a mechanical engineer. do you think it’s necessary to add a photo (wearing suit) on my CV in this kind of situation. one more, should i add my personal info like height, weight or eye colour?

  11. The CV Store says:

    Percival – none of this information or a photo is needed in a CV.

  12. Spencer Wood says:

    Why not give a great impression by making sure that the photo is retouched first before putting it on your CV. This doesn’t have to be a celebrity style of “airbrushing” but rather to give the photo a professional/studio quality look. Fly-away hairs and spot removal can be done of course. Adding a subtle amount of vibrancy or converting it to a stunning black and white image can help make it eye-catching.

  13. Miroslav says:

    Does the position of photo important?
    If yes, which side, left or right?


  14. nima says:

    hi, i am thinking of putting a head-shot photo in my cv but not the passport sort of photo. is it possible to do that. And what sort of photo is should NOT put. thanks

  15. John says:

    I’m applying for teaching positions… could a photo help?
    A few jobs ask for a photo, others don’t.

  16. Stefan says:

    Hi, I am applying for an internship in Germany. Do I have to use a photo in my CV :(?? I heard a photo in CV is a must there. Is it true???

  17. The CV Store says:

    Stefan – yes, it may well be worth including a photo for a German internship!

  18. Rico says:

    Hi! I’m writing a Tabular CV as a part of my student application in a university in Switzerland. It’s one the requirements that they asked me to submit. And since they’re asking for a CV with a photo, I am wondering what size of picture would best fit this kind of CV. You’re advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.

  19. The CV Store says:

    rico – passport size on a CV is fine

  20. max says:

    hi,I’m fresh graduated I’m confused about CV stuff i made many forms which contain or contain not pic on it . i graduated from faculty of commerce i will seek banks or partnerships hence pic needed or not

  21. Claire says:

    I’m a full-time student and looking for part-time work, mainly in restaurants or retail. Would it look better to insert a photo in a general CV? So maybe they can link a face to the CV…and since these jobs have a lot to do with presentation, would it help or just look inappropriate?


  22. Ahsan Habib says:

    Which side in my CV i put my photo?

  23. Andreas says:

    Hi, I am a foreign student in Sweden,applying for a teacher job here.
    Do I need to put a photo in my CV? Thanks for your time in advance.

  24. Denise says:

    I am relocating to england from wales. currently searching for a job, the jobs i apply for will vary, a picture is already on my cv. is it ok to include one, no matter which job i go for?

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