The other day I talked about Korean CV pictures with someone and how there is a distinct “CV-picture-look” in Korea. I hadn’t seen enough CV pictures to really think that much about the specifics beforehand, but there really is! Whether or not a picture even belongs in a CV is an entirely different discussion, but since the requirement is there for now, I’m also aware that I need a good CV picture for my Korean CV (my current picture is fine, but it’s also about 5 years old so I probably should have a new one taken). Now to the actual point of confusion: Photoshop is used quite liberally in Korea.
I’m not sure I understand why, though. I understand that people want to look their best, but isn’t the best case scenario is that you get called in for an interview and end up getting the job. Wouldn’t it be awkward if the interviewer or your new boss doesn’t recognise you because you don’t actually look like your picture?
One thing is smoothing out a complexion, which has flared up on picture-day, but the handiwork doesn’t end there for some. Apparently I look different enough in pictures if I just take off my glasses and let down my hair to be able to confuse even my mother in some cases. I cannot imagine what would happen if I decided to unleash someone tech-savvy on my photos. They might end up great, but maybe also not looking like me, which sort of defies the purpose of a CV picture.
What about you? Have you had pictures adjusted? What did you fix and why?