In some countries, having a photograph for job applications is not a necessity.. However, numerous potential employers demand a job application photograph. Justifiably, they specify that the photograph on your job application is the first impression that the company can get about you before the personal interview. Thus, you should choose this photograph studiously. A good photograph will help you to have a good first impression.
Photos from automat machines are now taboo!
You should not use the photographs taken with the automatic machine around the corner. HR managers understand that with their trained eyes, and they can think that you do not appreciate this position. Best: go to a professional photograph studio without thinking the cost. To someone who has experience on taking job application photographs. You can check some photographs that the photographer took earlier, and you can have an idea.
Price can be up to 100 Dollars depending on the fame and the famousness of the photographer. This should not frighten you! If you will reach your dream job, it is worth it, right? If the first job interview results in success, lots of photograph studios offer you appropriate prices when you need new prints of a taken photo.
Why are the professional job application photographs so important?
Experienced HR managers pass judgement on the candidates with the various photograph details. These details include clothing, hairdo, skin type, looking to the camera (front or in profile), photograph section (portrait or full length), lighting and photograph background.
Because experienced photographers think all of these details, they discuss you about which photograph will be suitable for the job. For example, for a job application on graphic design, even an elegant t-shirt can be suitable. But if you will apply for a company in a consultancy industry, suit and tie are essential.
Professional job application photographs help you raise the chance of being hired but they are not enough to take the job, still you should not underestimate the role of the photograph.
Job application photograph = passport photograph?
No! Photographs for the job application are bigger. Generally, between 4,5x6 cm and 5x7 cm. Taking the photos vertical is standard. Other formats (transvestic, rectangle) can be considered if for a nonstandard job application. You better speak this with your photographer.
Please suggest your photographer to take photographs with different poses and even variable clothes to catch the "perfect" job application photograph. After then, you can choose the most suitable photograph with the professional photographer. Let the photographer make the final decision on this topic. Of course you should be satisfied with your photo taken, but on the other side, photographer is the master of the art, and s/he has lots of experience on choosing the suitable photograph. Alternatively, you can take your family and friend's ideas.
After choosing the right photograph, you just need to add it on your job application. The easiest way is to upload your photograph to CV is doing it with Cvlogin. Apart from that, sticking the photograph with a double-sided tape to the upper-right side is a routine. If you will stick your photograph, pay attention that photograph is clean and smooth. For this procedure, paper-clip and stamper are not used now.