They say when you are out of work, your job is to find work. This is where the focus is for so many Americans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people looking for employment, it's important to set yourself apart with a top notch resume and that can be a daunting task.

According to US News & World Reports, one of the most common mistakes resume authors make, is including a picture of themselves. US News Contributor, Robin Reshwan, had this to say about pictures on resumes:

Although there are a few industries, like real estate and acting, where your picture is a key part of your brand, a headshot on a resume is a mistake. In most cases, it leads to immediate elimination because it is clear you haven't been in the market recently. Have a headshot you love? Add it to your LinkedIn profile – but leave it off your resume.

She is saying that it's an antiquated practice and that's fine, but I think there is more. We are visual and judgmental creatures. Even the best of us make snap decisions based on "the exterior" that we may not even be aware of.

You make think you are fine to look at, but you have no idea what is in the head of the person making the decision. Leaving the picture off the resume makes good sense to me now. I was always bad at resume writing, so it's always good to learn what is being sought now.

If you want more help, check out the full list, 10 Resume Mistakes to Avoid. 

I wish I had direction like this years ago, especially with job interviews. I get a bit sweaty in the job interview and only the interview. The sweats go away after getting hired, but there's the challenge. No one wants to work next to someone who is super sweaty.

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