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I’m applying for a position in the UK. Is it professional to include my photo in my CV?
While it was once standard practice to include a CV picture, employers in the UK no longer expect candidates to include this information with job applications. The only exceptions to this rule would be professionals who are pursuing acting or modeling roles. In fact, thanks to anti-discrimination laws in the UK, some companies outside of the entertainment industry automatically disregard CVs that contain photos to avoid potential discrimination allegations.
The United Kingdom is not alone in adopting this practice. If you are applying for a job in any of the following geographic areas, you should not include a photo of yourself with your CV:
However, there are other places across the globe where employers still expect candidates to include a CV photo, including:
If you are applying for a job in a country where a CV picture is still considered a standard part of the job application, follow the same guidelines you would when selecting a photo for your LinkedIn profile. When deciding which CV image to use, keep the following attributes in mind:
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