The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one.
The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing.
That’s why, in many cases, it is still important to look professional in a photo that you are sending to your potential employer.
What’s the appropriate dress code for a CV photo?
You’ll want that first impression to be not just a good one, but, a great one. In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt.
Here’s more on what to wear for professional, casual and start-up companies, when you want to make the best first impression:
Women’s CV Photo Attire
- Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
- The suit skirt should be long enough – right above your knees
- Coordinated blouse
- Conservative shoes
- Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
- No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
- Professional hairstyle
- Neutral pantyhose
- Light make-up
- Portfolio or briefcase
Men’s CV Photo Attire
- Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
- Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
- Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
- Little or no jewelry
- Neat, professional hairstyle
- Portfolio or brief