Two friends drinking coffee talking about whether you should put a photo on your resume

Should I put a photo on my resume?

One of the top Google searches about resumes is: Should I put a photo on my resume?

In case you’re wondering, the answer is no. Absolutely not.

But do you know what other things you shouldn’t put on your resume? This list might surprise you.

Your address

You wouldn’t go up to a stranger on the street and tell them your address, right? When you apply for a job you don’t know who will see your application. Protect your safety and your privacy and leave your address off. It will also stop employers from overlooking your application because they think you live too far away.

Your birthdate

Your age is your business, not anyone else’s. Age discrimination is a problem for younger and older workers. Typically, your resume will give an indication of how old you are. But you are not required to tell an employer that info, and it should not factor into whether you get a job or not. You will have to supply a date of birth if and when you do get a job. Until then, keep it to yourself.

Your personal characteristics and interests

Married or single? Who cares!

Go to church every day? Not relevant!

Crochet hats out of cat hair? Gross! But you do you boo, and just keep it to yourself.

Just like employers don’t want to see your photo on your resume, they also don’t want to know about your personal characteristics. The only time you would need to disclose this information upfront is if you’re applying for an identified position.

Career objective

I am a hard worker and I want to build my skillzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ………….

Oh, sorry, that’s just the person reading your resume falling asleep because you included a pointless career objective.

Employers want to know what you can do for them, not what they can do for you. A summary of your experience and what you have to offer – or an elevator pitch – is much more effective at getting you noticed.


Spellcheck. Grammarly. Ask a friend to proof read. Twice.

And then, do it all again.

Your resume and cover letter is your first chance to make an impression on an employer. Don’t let typos and bad grammar make it your last.

A good way to pick up typos is to read your resume out loud, slowly, using a pen or your finger to point at every word as you say it. You will feel silly. But it will also stop your brain from tricking you into reading what you THINK is there, rather that what is actually there.

This tortoise wants you to slow down and think before you put a photo on your resume

Do these things instead of putting a photo on your resume

We’ve got an example resume and cover letter at the jobactive website.

We’ve also got a range of blogs to help your application and interview process:

Images: istock, Giphy


  1. Hi Melissa ,

    Thank you for the very informative information regarding Looking for a Job. I have been looking now for 6 months in Brisbane. While there is a lot of information on this site that I already adhere to it was good to learn some new tips.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Inge. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found some helpful information here. If there’s other topics you’d like us to cover, let us know!

      Have a great day 🙂

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