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Old 07-08-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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Wanted: men that look like a younger version of Mitt Romney or women that look like a Anchor on FoxNews or a beauty contestant.

As a long term recruiter in the staffing industry, very few of my clients will actually ask specifically for a "beautiful person" but they have their code words and almost without exception the very attractive candidate will get the job over the average looking person.

If you are strikingly handsome or physically beautiful, your job search will be very short. (Regardless of your technical skills or other aspects of your background.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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hmmm, I am not physically beautiful. I am very very average, if maybe a little below average, and I have never had a hard time finding a job. The longest it has taken me to find a job is 2 months.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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This hasn't been my experience, but I work in a very technical environment.

I would expect some fields and industries to be more biased in terms of personal appearance, though. Theatre, the media, PR, stuff related to art/design, etc.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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Wanted: men that look like a younger version of Mitt Romney or women that look like a Anchor on FoxNews or a beauty contestant.

As a long term recruiter in the staffing industry, very few of my clients will actually ask specifically for a "beautiful person" but they have their code words and almost without exception the very attractive candidate will get the job over the average looking person.

If you are strikingly handsome or physically beautiful, your job search will be very short. (Regardless of your technical skills or other aspects of your background.
Isn't that code word "Professional", or "Professional Appearance."
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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Depends on the industry and the position. If the job requires frequent dealings with customers face-to-face, it's hard to argue that being "beautiful" would hurt. Regardless, being "beautiful" can be largely achieved by attention to personal hygiene, some nice looking clothes, confidence, and a positive attitude.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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Employers should be able to hire whoever they want. If they want to hire an attractive person over an unattractive person, let them. If they want to hire only males, or females, or whites, or blacks, let them. This is why I feel affirmative action is stupid. Why should there be quotas for minorities or any other group of people? Employers should be able to make their own hiring decisions without interference from Big Daddy Government.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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I agree
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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What are the code words?
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Come take a look at my workplace and you'll see that's not happening!
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Along with better-looking people, taller people tend to make a better impression than short people. Is this bias news?
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