Is a picture really worth 1,000 words?

A picture may convey an idea more quickly and effectively than the written word, but when it comes to putting your picture on your resume, that is a big no no!  Yet many online sites are sharing examples of resumes that include a picture, so many candidates are following that example.

As a Disney Professional Internship recruiter, let me share with you that adding your picture to your resume is not a good idea.  In the United States, hiring is governed by a group called the EEOC, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination, which includes discrimination in hiring practices.  You may think that having your picture sets you apart or makes you more memorable when actually it creates a document that has personal information on it that should not be shared with hiring leaders.  That means that your resume won’t be seen by those who make hiring decisions.

There are many other ways to set your resume apart without adding your picture: fonts, colors, columns, etc.  My advice is to find ways to enhance your resume while telling the story of why you are the best candidate for the position that do not include your picture.  Give yourself a chance to be fully considered for the job.

Good luck!

CathyDisney Professional Internship recruiting