Research based on a sample of 900 recruitment professionals by UK job site, CV-Library has revealed some highly interesting statistics, some of which have most definitely surprised me.
I have to say, I agree that a photo is completely irrelevant on a CV, not to mention a problem for any recruiter's diversity initiative. In-house recruiters in particular are very much focused on eradicating conscious and unconscious bias where possible, making a photograph on a CV a pretty big problem when it gets to hiring manager stage. Then again, if recruiters are using the likes of LinkedIn for direct sourcing, isn't this going to cause problems for diversity from the outset? Or does it aid the cause? I could talk about diversity all day.
The article really does speak for itself so check it out below and let me know what you agree and disagree with.
In addition to sharing the most and least important soft skills that should be included, recruiters also shared the areas that they find to be the most irrelevant on a CV, which included: Photos – 25.8% Jargon – 18.6% Hobbies – 10.8% Outdated employment history – 9.9% Unnecessarily big words – 7% Others included school grades (5.3%), personal interests (4.3%), acronyms (3.1%), objectives and aims (2.7%) and social media links (2.5%).