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Should I include a photo of myself in my CV?

One recurring question that often arises is whether to include a photo of yourself in your CV. While practices may vary across different countries and industries, the decision to include a photo should be approached with careful consideration. Let's explore the pros and cons to help you make an informed choice.


  1. Personal Touch: Including a photo can add a personal touch to your CV, helping employers put a face to the name. This can make your application more memorable and create a connection between you and the prospective employer.

  2. International and Client-Facing Roles: In certain industries, particularly those involving international or client-facing roles, a photo can be beneficial. It may convey a sense of professionalism and cultural awareness, especially when dealing with diverse and global teams.

  3. Visual Appeal: A well-chosen, professional photo can enhance the visual appeal of your CV. This can be advantageous in creative fields where presentation matters, showcasing not only your skills but also your attention to detail.


  1. Bias and Discrimination: One of the primary concerns about including a photo in your CV is the potential for bias and discrimination. Hiring decisions should be based on skills, qualifications, and experience rather than physical appearance. A photo may inadvertently introduce unconscious biases into the hiring process.

  2. Differing Cultural Norms: Cultural norms regarding CV photos vary widely. In some countries, including a photo is standard practice, while in others, it may be discouraged or even considered unprofessional. To avoid misunderstandings, it's essential to research the expectations in the specific industry and location.

  3. Focus on Professionalism: Your CV is a professional document, and its primary purpose is to showcase your qualifications. Including a photo might be perceived as unprofessional in some industries, diverting attention away from your skills and achievements.

Remember, the decision to include a photo in your CV should be based on careful consideration of the industry, cultural norms, and potential implications. When in doubt, it's often safer to err on the side of caution and exclude a photo, allowing your skills and experience to take center stage. Remember, the goal of your CV is to present a compelling case for why you are the ideal candidate for the job, and this should be achieved through your professional accomplishments and qualifications.

For your information, Black Pearl is a leading HR consulting and recruitment agency in the UAE and the wider GCC region, covering Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain. We have specialist recruitment partners handling various roles from junior to senior positions in healthcare/medical, engineering, construction, property, facilities management, FMCG, supply chain/logistics, defense, aviation, financial services, banking, oil and gas, and government firms. Our unmatched recruitment service aims to help our clients find the best expatriates and nationals here and overseas.

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