Photography skills apply in Jobhunts too

Dear Jobseeker,

I appreciate your efforts in inserting a photograph in your CV. But it is rather difficult for me to tell which of the five people in the photograph is you. 

From the Desk of a Recruiter


Welcome to the first of my series in "Resumes" boo-boos. These are real-life mistakes captured in my daily routine of screening resumes. It may seem funny, but, imagine what happens to your career if you should make one of such mistakes. 

A perfect resume is like a perfect man/woman. It does not exist. As long as it is right for you, it's a good resume - Desk of a Recruiter.

Right about 6 months into my job, I stopped taking for granted that every CV I receive will have a decent photograph of the applicant. It seems to be a lost art to find a photo-booth, take a passport-size photo, scan it and include it in the CV.

I have received, till date:

  • Group photos. 
    • Erm... Erm... I can see that these people had a great time at a BBQ, but... which one is the applicant?

  • Pair photos 
    • This wouldn't be too bad, except both models in the photograph are of the same gender. I still can't tell who is the applicant

  • Self-taken photos in the mirror showing full-body portrait of the applicant and the background
    • Right down to the cubicle doors of the toilet it was taken in.

  • Self-taken camera photos from a top-down angle, showcasing originality in displaying home-made fish-eye effect 
    • For an idea of what fish-eye effect is, please click here

  • Self-taken photos using a web camera, with an arrow drawn using a thick red brush in Paint software pointing to the head of the applicant
    • ?????????????
Welcome to the top 5 most eccentric photos I have received. (In no particular order) 

To all of those who had made the effort to do a professional shot, or just a very simple passport photo from any random photo booth (automated or otherwise), kudos to you and please keep it up. 

Note to all CV-writers there: If you don't have a decent photograph, please leave it blank. If you have to include in a picture for the opportunity you're applying for, please make a trip down to the photo booth. Taking any random shots from your collection of photos in Facebook or harddisk might not impress the recipient of the email. 

Signing off
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