Dear J.T. & Dale: I am starting to write my resume for a job hunt. I'm curious if a small picture of myself would be appropriate. The job is for Web design, and that might give the resume a little more personality. - Phoenix
J.T.: A couple of years ago we were asked this question, and I advised against a picture. At the time, the HR world was very concerned about the legal ramifications of discrimination based on a photo - one HR manager had told me that her company policy was to not review any resume with a picture. Fast-forward to today, and all the social media tools have pictures. Still, it seems taboo to put it on a resume.
Dale: However, the job is Web design. In the world of the Web, and in the world of design, giving in to the fear of breaking taboos is the biggest taboo.
J.T.: The issue isn't just bureaucracy - the logic is that a resume is a fact-based document. So, how about a compromise: Use something like VisualCV.com to create an online resume, where you can showcase your work, include a photo, and there you can offer the personality that's missing from the standard resume.