Photo on a resume?

  1. Before commenting, please hear me out:

    I have been searching allnurses.com for helpful information regarding photos on resumes. So far, all I have found is threads having to do with putting a photo on a resume in order to "stand out" to nurse recruiters as an attractive person. This is not what I'm going for. My original resume sent to the company did not have a photograph. I got an phone screen based solely on the written content of my cover letter and resume.

    So, here's what I'm curious about. After passing a phone screen, I have a face-to-face interview coming up with a panel of 6 people (managers, educators, etc.). I was recommended by someone here on allnurses.com to bring a copy of my resume to pass out to each member of the panel. I was also recommended by one of my friends to attach a professional picture (head shot in scrubs) to the resumes I was going to hand out. The reasoning behind this is to give them a way to remember me by putting a face to a name.

    Would it seem vain? What are your thoughts? Do you think this is a good idea?
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  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    I think it would appear like you were going on a modeling go see. Let your resume & personality speak for itself. By giving each member a copy of your resume on quality paper, printed crisply & professionally (appearance, not pay for what you can do) and leave a respectable margin for notes., I think you will be remembered more than a head shot.
  4. by   gvrn13
    The first interview I went on, they actually asked if they could take my picture for this reason exactly (I wound up getting this job)... While I understand why they did it, and I do think it is and was helpful, I don't think you should put a picture on your resume. It just doesn't seem professional to me for you to be the one to initiate it.
  5. by   OrganizedChaos
    I have never heard of putting your picture on a resume or handing one out. You're not interviewing for a movie, tv show or commercial. I can only imagine that back firing.
  6. by   springchick1
    I do a lot of peer interviews and I've never had problems remembering anyone we've interviewed. I would think it was strange if someone showed up with a head shot of themselves.
  7. by   jenbunny12
    As a hiring manager, I say do not put your pic on your resume. It's creepy. It's saying pic me based on my pic and not on my qualifications. If they choose to take your pic after your interview it's because they interviewed many applicants and want to put a face with a name. That's a good thing!
  8. by   LadyFree28
    I'm in the "NO" category.

    Your rsum and answers to the questions will stand out far more than a headshot.
  9. by   jglover4168
    Where are you interviewing?
  10. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    A headshot in scrubs? Really? Sorry, when I think "headshot", I think modeling or acting. Neither of which is your goal, right? My gut says don't do it
  11. by   amoLucia
    Quote from BuckyBadgerRN
    A headshot in scrubs? Really? Sorry, when I think "headshot", I think modeling or acting. Neither of which is your goal, right? My gut says don't do it
    My thoughts too. Fashion designers and marketing/sales also use resume photos.

    Dress well, groom well, respond professionally and you'll make a good impression.

    Have your extra resumes and recommendations/references available.

    Good luck!
  12. by   AdventureLover
    I had several friends who did this and it worked for them.

    However, I'd rather not risk it

    So, I'm going to skip the picture!

    Thanks for the input
  13. by   Nola009
    As of yet, I haven't done it but I heard it's the newest thing to try.

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