It Finally Happened...We Got a Resume With a Photo

I honestly thought this was a giant meme, that no one has ever actually done this before. A resume just came across our desk with a selfie attached to it. We were in hysterics. The general consensus was that A) this is a horrible idea, and that no one should do this under any circumstances whatsoever, and B) if you do decide for WHATEVER ungodly reason that this is your course of action, dude, get a professional headshot. This was literally a gym mirror selfie. We laughed for 20 minutes straight, I don't think we even read the thing.

Has anyone else seen this before? Like I said I thought this was just a meme. What's the worst thing you've ever seen on someone's resume?

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May 3, 2019

You could've just sent me a rejection letter instead of putting me on blast like this. smh

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May 3, 2019

Was it @Isaiah_53_5 with the photo?

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May 3, 2019

Bathroom selfies are more his MO, but you never know.

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May 3, 2019

@Isaiah_53_5's passed our desk a few weeks ago but he was fully nude on a 10 speed.

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May 7, 2019
LeveredBetaBoy:

@Isaiah_53_5's passed our desk a few weeks ago but he was fully nude on a 10 speed.

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May 7, 2019
trustmeimanengineer:

Was it @Isaiah_53_5 with the photo?

I know that's a big 'no no' to blast my face on my resumes. My good looks might overshadow perceived career accomplishments, leading to a bias towards me, which isn't fair to others.

I have instead a small character of myself in my tie doing the double bicep flex. Hermes custom made of course (patterned like the small animals ties) If anyone asks I just scoff and say 'it's Hermes'. Don't even get me started about my Milanese briefcases...

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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May 3, 2019

It doesn't really add much value for the vast majority of people, as it's a natural source of bias. If you're under average, it could backfire. If you're over average, it could backfire. If you, for whatever reason, is not the type of some recruiter, it could backfire. If you remind the recruiter of some asshole he met 10 years ago, it could backfire, etc.

Could probably be good if you're very non-offensive and slightly-above-average looking, and look very professional, with a professional taken photo.

(Not saying that CV photos don't have their place - some jobs certainly require you to look "correct", but I wouldn't say banking is one of those)

May 14, 2019

Do you actually believe banking is not a job where you are required to look correct? I'd say banking is probably the number one job (except modeling) where looking correct is important.

May 14, 2019

Agreed. Most of the target students I've seen applying for IB roles have multiple facial piercings and full body tattoos. Thank god for resume photos.

May 3, 2019

I'm fairly certain that in some countries attaching a photo to resumes is standard procedure (granted, i would hope that people would include a professional photo, not a selfie).

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May 3, 2019

I should have clarified this is in the US, no idea of other countries/cultures hiring practices.

May 3, 2019

Yeah, it is the norm in East Asian countries I believe

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May 4, 2019

Working in Shanghai, can confirm

May 5, 2019

Standard practice in Japan. Applied before to a smaller IB/brokerage in Tokyo and was required to submit a Japanese format resume with a headshot.

Can't imagine what the applicant OP was talking about was thinking of when they submitted a selfie.

May 18, 2019

Agreed. In some countries, it is normal practice when you attach your photo to resume

May 3, 2019

No, there are actually people who do this.

May 3, 2019

Truly disheartening

May 4, 2019

I also have seen resumes in which Juniors (in college) have high school "internships" listed, and have "student" under their experience section.

May 3, 2019

Probably cooler than someone talking about their passions for VBA excel python macros on their resume

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May 3, 2019

If you're a hot girl, I can't see the harm in posting a professional shot. Otherwise, when in Rome...

May 24, 2019

Even if she's a hot girl, I don't think it's a good idea to attach a selfie photo to the resume :)

May 3, 2019

I have unfortunately done a resume with a picture BUT it wasn't a selfie.

At least I know I made someone's day tho lolol:')

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May 24, 2019

What kind of picture was it?))

May 26, 2019

Professional headshot. Anyhow since I scrapped that resume I got a much better job

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May 4, 2019

As stated above, in most countries (other than USA) attaching a professional headshot is standard practice.

My wife attended the #1 non-US business school and it was literally required for all CVs to have headshots.
You wouldn't be allowed to post to their career website otherwise.

Yes, these would typically be professional (or at least passport photo studio) headshots.

But depending where your applicant hails from, this may not be nearly as strange as it might appear to you at first.

Right now, someone somewhere in a PE shop or investment bank in London, or Paris, or Hong Kong, is shaking their head at some dumb American who stupidly forgot to attach a headshot to their CV when submitting, and probably bitching about it to their WSO equivalent.

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May 4, 2019

there is no WSO equivalent, there is only 1 WSO and it is this one #longWSO

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May 4, 2019
earthwalker7:

As stated above, in most countries (other than USA) attaching a professional headshot is standard practice.

My wife attended the #1 non-US business school and it was literally required for all CVs to have headshots.
You wouldn't be allowed to post to their career website otherwise.

Yes, these would typically be professional (or at least passport photo studio) headshots.

But depending where your applicant hails from, this may not be nearly as strange as it might appear to you at first.

Right now, someone somewhere in a PE shop or investment bank in London, or Paris, or Hong Kong, is shaking their head at some dumb American who stupidly forgot to attach a headshot to their CV when submitting, and probably bitching about it to their WSO equivalent.

I'd like to think we are more culturally aware in Europe. In France it's common to put your photo with your CV, it's not in London. However, given the melting pot of candidates we get here in London with or without photos doesn't matter. But back to OP, a SELFIE DOES MATTER. Don't do that!

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May 6, 2019

yeah it's still a selfie, wth

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May 5, 2019

It seems like we found our bathroom-selfie-taker

May 7, 2019

ok, pinko commie

May 4, 2019

If it was a gym mirror selfie he was probably trolling you guys hard................... I hope.

May 4, 2019

I second this. I don't care how oblivious someone is, no way this was serious.

May 6, 2019

The worst I ever saw on a resume was the someone who submitted a letter with a threat that he would go to the competition should we not hire them and he would make it his life's purpose to get us out of business and steal all of our clients.

Lol this was back when I still worked in Academia. Dude had serious balls. Hahahaha !!!

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May 7, 2019
Njabulo Vincent-Hadebe:

Dude had serious balls. Hahahaha !!!

Well that's NOT what he was supposed to send a selfie of.
New meaning to the word "head shot"

May 6, 2019

Was he a recent grad? Did he have an excellent job/internship experience or genius skills like nuclear physics? Because that changes everything!

May 6, 2019

I sent in a professional photo on my resume, not knowing any better. Conservative, in my eyes. I'm an attractive female. So what? I was then told by an exec that often times, a computer will automatically sort out the resumes with pictures, and they'll be trashed. I got responses regardless. But my new strategy became send in a resume with my full name and professional picture, and then send in an additional resume with a gender-neutral first name and no picture. See what happens

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May 6, 2019

Are you sure they weren't applying to work a local strip club?

May 7, 2019

Local strip club is a step up from i-banking.
Pays better too.
And you get fucked over less.

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May 9, 2019

I've seen a few....

One who is now a SMD / "Head of X". He'd gone to his last firm straight out of professional sports, and hadn't applied for a job in ~30 years. The headshot was also probably 20 years old... not the best look, but the guy is legit.

Another was for an executive assistant role. She had experience, but mostly as an EA in tech companies and never worked in finance.

The worst I've seen was a video supplement for an intern... Bad enough to have a Youtube "profile video", worse to have it set to music / as a slideshow of all of your 'interests' (i.e. ridiculous trips that your wealthy family took). We all had a laugh at that one... she got an offer through a super high up family connection, but post offer was moved to HR from the banking team.

Also, have seen a number of brits list the 'football club' they support on their resumes... and seen British MDs actually care.

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May 13, 2019

Did that photo make you feel so insecure that you had to make an entire post about it? Seriously though, in a lot of places its not that uncommon.

May 14, 2019

re-read the post. It was a gym mirror selfie. That's not standard anywhere amigo

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May 16, 2019

I once got a pink CV with like size 6 font or some shit...it was the most offensive thing my eyes have ever seen. I'd rather walk in on my grandparents making me a new auntie or uncle.

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