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Sherwood2014
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Re: School Logo

Postby Sherwood2014 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:06 am

My dad was a manager (non-legal profession) and occasionally he would bring home a folder of resumes to review. I saw that some applicants included a headshot under their signature. IMO, it added a certain positive dimension to the resume since it put a face on the applicant. Not sure why the inclusion of a thumbnail photo would be deemed offensive (or non-professional) in the legal world.

What I found harmful were weird fonts, and grammar (to instead of too, kind of thing), illegible signatures, handwritten envelopes (although that was common, so maybe it is just me who thinks that handwriting is a turnoff).

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Re: School Logo

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:57 am

Sherwood2014 wrote:My dad was a manager (non-legal profession) and occasionally he would bring home a folder of resumes to review. I saw that some applicants included a headshot under their signature. IMO, it added a certain positive dimension to the resume since it put a face on the applicant. Not sure why the inclusion of a thumbnail photo would be deemed offensive (or non-professional) in the legal world.

What I found harmful were weird fonts, and grammar (to instead of too, kind of thing), illegible signatures, handwritten envelopes (although that was common, so maybe it is just me who thinks that handwriting is a turnoff).


Photos are common in Europe on CVs. They are highly discouraged in all US professions because of anti-discrimination laws and the potential liabilities they impose. I know of a few (non-legal) head-hunters who flat out refuse all resumes/CVs with photos. Legal employers are even more sensitive to potential liability causes.

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Re: School Logo

Postby smittytron3k » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:02 am

blowhard wrote:
Sherwood2014 wrote:My dad was a manager (non-legal profession) and occasionally he would bring home a folder of resumes to review. I saw that some applicants included a headshot under their signature. IMO, it added a certain positive dimension to the resume since it put a face on the applicant. Not sure why the inclusion of a thumbnail photo would be deemed offensive (or non-professional) in the legal world.

What I found harmful were weird fonts, and grammar (to instead of too, kind of thing), illegible signatures, handwritten envelopes (although that was common, so maybe it is just me who thinks that handwriting is a turnoff).


Photos are common in Europe on CVs. They are highly discouraged in all US professions because of anti-discrimination laws and the potential liabilities they impose. I know of a few (non-legal) head-hunters who flat out refuse all resumes/CVs with photos. Legal employers are even more sensitive to potential liability causes.


"All US professions" is too broad; if appearance is a bona fide occupational qualification (model, porn star, etc.) then there's probably not a serious legal concern. But your point is well taken.

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Re: School Logo

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:14 am

smittytron3k wrote:
blowhard wrote:
Sherwood2014 wrote:My dad was a manager (non-legal profession) and occasionally he would bring home a folder of resumes to review. I saw that some applicants included a headshot under their signature. IMO, it added a certain positive dimension to the resume since it put a face on the applicant. Not sure why the inclusion of a thumbnail photo would be deemed offensive (or non-professional) in the legal world.

What I found harmful were weird fonts, and grammar (to instead of too, kind of thing), illegible signatures, handwritten envelopes (although that was common, so maybe it is just me who thinks that handwriting is a turnoff).


Photos are common in Europe on CVs. They are highly discouraged in all US professions because of anti-discrimination laws and the potential liabilities they impose. I know of a few (non-legal) head-hunters who flat out refuse all resumes/CVs with photos. Legal employers are even more sensitive to potential liability causes.


"All US professions" is too broad; if appearance is a bona fide occupational qualification (model, porn star, etc.) then there's probably not a serious legal concern. But your point is well taken.


True, but those occupations request photos. I'm not sure how you all think you have room for images anyhow. Legal resumes are 1 page max. Very very few people can justify 2. The average resume is read for less than 10 seconds... I'd rather them be looking at my credentials and not a photo.

When it comes to legal hiring, toss everything you think you know out the window. Legal employers operate extremely differently than nearly any other profession.




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