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Ask A Recruiter: Does My Resume Need a Photo?

Welcome to our new series Ask a Recruiter! Our Denver Creative Talent Representative Lauren Friesen will be answering your burning questions related to job hunting, resume submission, portfolios and more.

Q: I see that lots of people are putting headshots on their resumes these days. Should I do that? Does it make a difference?

A: Does your resume need a photo? It depends. When I look at a designer’s resume, it better be well designed, and on trend. If you can work a photo of yourself into it, that’s great. But I have never followed up on a resume solely because it had a photo. With LinkedIn being the very first thing I check after receiving a resume, it’s not really necessary to have one.

A compelling way to inject your personality into your resume is to start with a brief sentence or two summing up who you are, what you’re passionate about, and what your objective is (and make sure that objective doesn’t just say “to get a job”). Your resume is the first time an employer meets you, so it must have maximum impact in a minimal amount of time. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to talk yourself up! A photo is nice to have, but not a necessity.

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Lauren Friesen is a former Art Director turned Senior Talent Representative in Denver, Colorado. When not playing job fairy for Artisan Talent, she enjoys long distance running, interior design, vintage perfume collecting, and reading vast amounts of true crime.

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