Even if we like to think that getting a job is just about having the right skills and experience, it all boils down to giving a good impression – and much of that impression will be conveyed by your appearance. Whether you like it or not, you’ll be sized up within the first few seconds of meeting someone, whether that be an interviewer or a first date. The last thing you want is for a bad haircut or tea-stained teeth to sabotage your chances of getting your dream job!
Studies prove that those who are deemed attractive tend to have better career outcomes and better salaries, and job seekers are feeling increasing pressure to pay attention to their appearance – even to the point of having surgical procedures or Botox to give them that extra polish and air of youthful vigour. While this may seem drastic, Australians are now spending billions of dollars each year on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures as well as rituals such as spray tans, facials, hair removal and other beauty treatments – for professional reasons as well as personal.
Secretary of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons, Dr Russell Knudsen, has said that demand for cosmetic procedures is being driven by baby boomers who want to reverse the ageing process and keep up with their younger colleagues. For better or worse, in today’s competitive job market, looks matter more than ever.
While it’s not necessary to go under the knife, as a job seeker it is in your interests to put in some effort to project an attractive, professional appearance – because whether you like it or not, it will help you to get a job. Don’t let your monobrow or chipped nail polish distract your interviewer from your fabulous job spiel!
So here’s a list of easy, common sense makeover tips that won’t require an appointment with the surgeon, but that just might help you land that job:
Creating a professional, polished appearance doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg – it’s mostly about taking a bit of care and making a conscious effort, though some financial investment can be necessary for those classic pieces. It’s not about being the best-looking person in the room or doing anything extreme – it’s about giving yourself your best chance by projecting the poised, professional and confident appearance that will win you the job.