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Application photo: better w/ or w/o tie?

Anonymous A asked on Jun 21, 2019

Hi guys,

for consulting internships and entry-level position applications: Should the application photo better be still with a tie? Or are times changing and its totally cool to have an application photo without tie? (in Germany and Western Europe if relevant to answer this question)

At least on websites I see more and more photos of partners without tie.

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Either is fine - just look professional.

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Without tie is fine

Alexander replied on Jun 21, 2019

As you mention Germany: Definitely include a photo, that is the standard there. I know a few people in hiring positions in Germany, and that is the one thing they all agree on. I would also recommend wearing a tie, as the work culture is still pretty formal. A partner can get away with not wearing one, but he's in a very different position than you are. I would argue that wearing a tie is never going to be perceived as negative, whereas not wearing one can be.

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I would agree with Vlad, consulting companies are not looking for photos on CVs, keep it plain and simple.

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Hi,

You don't need to have a photo in your resume. Pls, don't waste your time and concentrate on the preparation process.

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