I have great pleasure in introducing the new application photos page for English-speaking applicants and business people.
With good portrait photos, you can not only give your application wings, but also make your social profiles such as Xing or Linkedin shine in new splendor. Tip: Update your profiles on the web at the same time as your application and give your appearances an especially professional line.
Should you use application photos?
Yes, absolutely! In German-speaking countries, application photos are standard and should not be missing from any application letter.
HR experts first look at your photo and only then read your application letter. Often, an application is only given a few seconds of attention until HR decides whether a shortlist is worthy of consideration. With so little time, an application photo is crucial.
A professional picture is very worthwhile! Go to a professional photographer/photostudio and have suitable application photos taken. Depending on the industry, the photographer will incorporate this into the short shoot of about 20 min. so that you have perfect photos at the end. So finally 20 min. for a short photo shoot can be crucial for a new job. A good application photo pays off without a doubt.
What do advisors on the web actually write about application photos? I find the heute.at article aptly to the point:
Already the quality of the photo at the top of each application can be decisive, whether personnel departments or bosses as well as headhunters find you sympathetic or not. The application photo can be the door opener in many cases, in addition to the previous professional knowledge. Many job seekers are not aware of this fact. The photo decides whether applications are read!