Photos No Longer Required with CVs for Tainan Gov't Jobs|南巿推臉部平權 約聘僱員履歷不必貼照
To promote face equality, Tainan City has signed a letter of support with the Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation. Starting in May 2019, the city government will no longer require resumes with photos from job applicants. It hopes this will help the city's 98,000 physically and mentally disabled people get friendly treatment during the first phase of applying for jobs. Some private enterprises have expressed support.
Ms. Cheng is applying for a graphic design position at a kindergarten and has prepared a CV with her photo. Tainan City recently became the first city in Taiwan to promote face equality in the workplace. Starting next month, the city will no longer require photos from job applicants. It hopes the private sector can follow suit.
This will be implemented at all agencies, offices and schools under the jurisdiction of the Tainan City Government in the future.
The Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation began promoting face equality five years ago with the inception of Face Equality Day on May 17. In 2018, the campaign was expanded to municipalities across Taiwan. According to the foundation, one in eight people experience some sort of discrimination due to their physical appearance. Many with illnesses or disfigurements beyond their control want to get back to a normal life but can't get a job because of their appearance. The foundation hopes to change this.
(The photo requirement for CVs) might give (employers) a bit of insight into the applicant, but ability, attitude and experience are more important considerations from a corporate standpoint.
Some people don't submit (photos). (Would you still hire them if they are suitable?) Yes. We would (still) base our decision on their work experience.
Private enterprises say this is a step in the right direction, but job applicants still have to meet educational and professional requirements to receive consideration. The companies say photos are for reference only and not used as a primary criterion.