Add a photo on your CV?

Ever wondered if you should pop a photo on your CV? While it’s not required in South Africa, we’ve seen more and more applications who are doing it.

Ultimately, it’s up to you, but here are a few things that you should consider if you’re leaning towards adding that snapshot.

Considerations for Including a Photo:

  • Professionalism: Ensure the photo is professional—dress as you would for an interview, and opt for a neutral background.
  • Relevance: Certain industries, like hospitality or marketing, might appreciate the personal touch a photo brings.
  • Consistency: If you’re active on professional networks like LinkedIn, a CV photo can provide consistency across your professional brand.


  • Personal Touch: A photo can make your CV stand out and give it a personal element, helping employers remember you.
  • Brand Consistency: It aligns your CV with your online professional profiles, providing a cohesive personal brand.
  • Cultural Fit: In some cases, a photo can convey a sense of your personality, which might be an important aspect for certain employers.


  • Bias: Photos can inadvertently introduce bias, with decisions potentially influenced by someone’s appearance rather than their skills and qualifications.
  • Privacy Concerns: Once your CV is out there, so is your photo. Consider the platforms where your CV will be shared and who might see it.
  • Space Consumption: A photo takes up valuable space on your CV that could be used for detailing your experiences and achievements.

So, while adding a photo to your CV in South Africa is up to you, weigh the potential impact carefully.

If you choose to include one, ensure it reflects the professional image you want to project. Remember, the core of your CV should always be your skills, experiences, and the value you bring to the potential employer.

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