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Do Attractive People Get More Job Opportunities?

May 1, 2015

The short answer is yes. According to a Business Insider article, that's what three separate studies found. Attractive people receive more job opportunities, but not for the reasons you may think. Conventional thinking is that since he or she always gets the dates, why wouldn’t that also be the case with all the jobs too? The reality is it has a lot less to do with your looks, which is just your genetic coding, and a lot more to do with how you present yourself.

The medium is the message

There is a marketing phrase coined by the great Marshal McLuhan, “The medium is the message.” The idea being the medium which carries the message, text, email, phone call, or in person is the actual message. This has deep significance for how everyone, particularly in how we approach job seeking.

The type of resume you select has a profound way to impact the person who views it. If you choose to go with a traditional resume style, with Times New Roman font, it will affect the recruiter very differently than if you submit a video resume. How you dress for your job interview, how you speak, and your body language are all communicating clues about who you are to a hiring manager.

The disheveled job seeker

There are numerous stories of job seekers showing up looking either underdressed or not put together from each of our contributing experts. If the medium is the message, then the message these t-shirt or Jedi cloak wearing interviewees are presenting to their hiring manager is one of irresponsibility, a lack of professionalism or that they simply don't care.

Sue an expert from Gap offered these thoughts on dress, “A good rule of thumb is to dress comfortably and ‘dress the part.’  Meaning wear clothing that’s appropriate for the position you are applying for.  If it’s an entry-level job in a law office, jeans may not be a good choice, but if you’re applying for a job at a Gap store, by all means wear your best jeans (from the brand) and complete a look that expresses your personality. For an office job, ‘formal, conservative and modest’ is the advice given from our friends at Banana Republic.  Generally, avoid showing too much skin or wearing clothing that takes the attention away from what you’re saying. Business casual generally means an outfit you could wear out to a nice dinner with your parents.”

On time and put together

How many first dates have you been on where you didn’t shower for a few days beforehand? Have you shown up to a big family event directly after mowing the lawn? You probably haven't done that. And, if you ever have, there certainly wasn’t a second date nor were your parents happy with you. Make sure what you wear to a job interview is flattering, not revealing, but a dress that enhances your natural beauty. Always err on the side of conservative. If you're ever asking yourself, "Is this appropriate?" it’s probably not. Why take the risk?

Some people will try to say they aren’t beautiful and should not try, but this is categorically incorrect. The fact of the matter is, you have the ability to make yourself look awesome. It’s just a matter of presenting yourself in the right way. If you look odd in red, don’t wear it. If you need a suit tailored, then get it tailored to fit your body shape. Then be sure you to show up 15 minutes early to the interview, because it’s part of the message you’re communicating through the medium - you.

Whenever you go to an interview, you are the medium of the message. Your attractiveness is not simply a biological predisposition, but rather a result of dressing appropriately for the interview in clothes that compliment your natural look. Be on time, and show them you’re not just physically attractive, but an incredible worker who would be the perfect fit for their company.


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