The resume section on Kijiji is a great place to get some exposure for your work experience, and get the word out that you are looking for a position! You can upload pictures, write a creative biography, and set yourself apart from the pack by creating a memorable ad for your employment.
The picture feature is a great way to showcase your prior work, or help visualize an aspect of your resume, such as uploading a logo of prior places you’ve worked, or the educational institution that you attended. Many people like to upload a picture of themselves to their resume. If you want to add a picture of yourself, remember, this will be potential employers’ first impression of you! Making a bad impression will likely cost you any chance at an interview that you may have had.
Being perceived as friendly and approachable will help land an interview and wow them in person, so be sure to smile! You want to put forth a professional image, so a party picture or a picture you took yourself in the mirror is not the most suitable image to accompany a resume. Avoid making a “duck face”, as this is unlikely to help further your career goals.
Some pictures might seem perfectly appropriate, but could cause problems. For instance, if seeking work in childcare, it may seem perfectly natural to post an image of you at a prior job interacting with children. However, if you want to use an image featuring a child (or another individual of any age), make sure you have the consent of the parent or guardian, as this can cause upset (and possibly cost you a positive reference).
Try asking a friend to take a picture of you wearing interview appropriate clothing if you don’t have an appropriate picture, but still want to include an image of yourself. Avoid images featuring alcohol (unless you are looking for work as a bartender, and the picture is of you in action on the job), or any other props that suggest partying or that might distract from creating a professional appearance. Showing off all your tattoos and piercings is generally not advisable, unless you are seeking work as a tattoo artist. If you choose to include a picture, the picture should add, not detract or distract, to your image as a professional!
Choosing to upload an image of yourself can give you a competitive advantage if used thoughtfully, but can undermine your efforts if the wrong type of image is selected. If you want to include an image of yourself, you should tailor the image to your work objective, and help those viewing your resume visualize you as a potential colleague.