In my HR
shop, I like to work towards tracking the recruiting metrics that
matter – time to fill, cost per fill, misses (churn after 6 months of
hire), hiring manager scorecards, etc.
Oops! Forgot one – let's add "Percentage of Resumes Including a Photo that Destroys Candidate Prospects"…
Seriously. You would think that with 100,000 career advice sites out
there, no candidate would send a resume with a picture on it. You
would be wrong. Recruiters in the same shop as the HR Capitalist have
detected a noticeable up-tick in the number of resumes received with a
Candidly, it's never the beautiful people who use a photo on the
resume. Not that it matters. You could be in People Magazine's annual
"The World's 50 Most Beautiful People"
and it would still be a negative for you to attach your photo to your
resume. My mind automatically jumps the jugdment I can expect from the
candidate in question. Will you crash the rental car? Perhaps fail to
back up the server? The possibilities are endless once you have
determined it "a good idea" to send your photo on the resume. The only
thing that could make it more surreal is if you used a photo from "Glamour Shots" (my favorite – the black and white with you hanging your jacket over your shoulder with one thumb – sweeeeeet….)
Below is one we received this week. The name, photo, and some of
the non-critical info has been changed, but this "personal info"
section was the candidate's lead. Take a pass through and let me know
how many Title 7 identifiers you can find on this one.
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.