One of the best ways to personalise a CV (Curriculum vitae) or an online profile is by adding a photograph (CV - Photo). The text on the CV are straight facts about someone’s professional career, but the right photo can help tell a more well-rounded story and show potential employers a bit more about the candidate’s personality. Moreover, to include a picture is also a great way to build a personal brand.
"Should a CV have a photo?" It is recommendable to check if it is customary in the country and sector of the job posting of interest. To take a CV-worthy picture without a bit of preparation first makes it hard to fake that 'professional headshot' look. It is good to employ a photographer to get a great CV-worthy picture; however, the right selfie can work just as well if the right tips and tricks to make it look professional and polished are applied. By doing this exercise and going through its advice it is possible to add “that final touch” to a CV photo.
Do you remember how the last CV picture you used looks like? Find it and check to what extent its characteristics respect the requirements listed in 14 Items checklist to take an high-quality CV photo by ticking yes or no next to each question. Take note of the weak and strong points of that image: what aspects could you improve? What aspects would you replicate instead?
Now it is time to plan and take your new CV photo. Do you already know the job you want to get? If you don’t, take some time to think about it. Then look for the job-posting you would like to apply to or think of your professional role.
Now that you have identified an interesting job-posting, or better understood how you would like to present yourself professionally, think about the photo of yours that you are going to put in your CV. How will your photo look like?
Go through 14 Items checklist to take an high-quality CV photo and refer to the instructions in italic to prepare on how to go about your next CV photo: work at your facial expressions, think of the lighting, background, posture, clothing, etc.
Ask a professional photographer, a friend or yourself (selfie!) to take the picture! Then edit and add it to your CV.