Beauty Bias in the Workplace

When most people think of landing their dream job, they think of ‘dressing to impress,’ keeping current on their job skills, polishing their resumes, and networking, networking, networking. But recent research shows that hiring managers may be making decisions based on physical appearance as the primary factor.

In a Newsweek study from July 2010, more than half of the surveyed hiring managers reported that the candidates they perceive as less attractive are likely to have a harder time landing a job, and recommended candidates place as much importance on their looks as on their resume.

The study concluded, “Beauty has more influence than ever—not just over who we work with, but whether we work at all.”

As if job hunting wasn’t stressful enough already!

This so-called ‘beauty-bias’ has some job-seekers turning to cosmetic surgery to give them a competitive edge in today’s crowded job marketplace.

This phenomenon is not limited to women—professional men are also pursuing procedures like Botox, fillers, and blepharoplasty (eye surgery) to look younger, friendlier and more approachable.

While we’re not necessarily convinced that physical appearance trumps qualifications, education, and a winning personality in securing your dream job (maybe we’re just idealistic!), we do know that one of the most important attributes you can carry to the workplace—and everywhere else—is confidence.

If you want to improve your physical appearance and are concerned about putting your best foot forward in your job hunt, ongoing career, or just day to day living, we can help. Our highly-qualified, board-certified cosmetic surgeons will be happy to discuss your concerns with you and see if we can offer any solutions. Call 423-266-3331 for your free consultation.

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