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 photo.
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 judment 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.