Sunday, March 25, 2012

Do Looks Help In The Job Market?

Maybe it is unfair, but it seems so. See The Beauty Premium by Christopher Shea of The Wall Street Journal. It describes a study done in Argentina where it is common for job applicants to include a picture with their resume. Here are excerpts:
"... attractive job candidates get called back 36% more often than unattractive ones,....

10.3 % of the attractive fictional candidates got called, compared with 7.6% of the unattractive candidates — and attractive people got called sooner. Attractive member of both sexes benefited from the beauty advantage."

Here are two earlier posts on related topics:

Do looks matter? (Yes, good looking workers get paid more even when taking other factors into account)

From The Life Is Not Fair Category: Better Looking, Tall, Thin People Make More Money


Anonymous said...

I have heard that certain levels of attractiveness improves morale in the office environment. Perhaps when a really attractive woman is hired in a male dominant work place, they become more competitive to impress.

Cyril Morong said...

Interesting point. You might find this article interesting