How You Look Can Cost You Your Career!

Have you ever wonder why some people are successful in their career while others aren’t?

Various studies have conclude that people who look more attractive or taller are far likely to advance in their career than their less attractive counterparts.

Research done by Journal of Labor Economics show that attractive people (regardless of gender) earn 5% more than those who are average looking, who in turn earn 9% more than the plainest looking colleagues.

To put that into context, imagine an average-looking worker makes $50,000 a month. Their most attractive colleagues will make $52,500 a month while their least attractive colleagues will bring home just $45,500.

Youthfulness is another significant factor in career advancement.

A study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that up to 73% of women felt that youthful appearance played a significant role in getting a job, promotions or a raise.

Are We That Shallow?

Isn’t our career advancement dependent on the inner qualities such as competencies, intelligence and attitude?

Unfortunately, looking good is still plays a huge role in our society because humans are hard wired to perceive attractiveness to productivity since ancient times.

If you look good, you are sending non verbal messages that indicate that you are productive, healthy and intelligent.

What Can You Do?

Now, we all want to get ahead in our career. So here are some tips for you to look good and get ahead.

  1. Walking upright – People who walk upright are perceived to be more confident and physically attractive that those who slouch or with their head bow.
  2. Remove your wrinkles – Like I said, youthfulness plays a big part in getting that promotion or raise. Therefore, you should try to remove as much wrinkles as possible.
  3. Get the right size – Make sure your clothes fit. If it’s too big or too small, you are not going to look good in it. That is why, it’s necessary to have some of your office wear tailored.
  4. Pay attention to colors – You should also pay attention to the color of your clothes. Dark colored clothing sends the message of authority. While bright colored clothes are distracting and visual equivalent of shouting.

Don’t lose hope if you don’t find yourself”attractive” because even though attractiveness can open doors, it requires competencies and intelligence to remain open.

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