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Looks and Employment

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It’s something we’ve always suspected – that attractive people have an advantage when it comes to finding a job. A new study suggests that while handsome men do better while looking for work, good looks can end up hurting a woman’s chances of scoring a job interview. Israeli researchers came to that conclusion by sending more than 5,000 resumes in pairs for half as many job openings. In each pair, one CV was without a picture while the second, otherwise almost identical CV, contained a headshot.

The resumes of “attractive” males received a 20 percent response rate, nearly 50 percent higher than the response rate for “plain” males and more than double the 9.2 percent response rate for men who didn’t send pictures.

However, the study showed that, contrary to popular belief, “attractive” women were called back for a position LESS often than “plain women”, as well as those who had no picture on their resume.

Women without pictures had the highest response rate, 22 percent higher than plain women and 30 percent higher than goodlooking ones.

When a man included a photo with his résumé, employers found that it showed confidence and that the candidate was presentable. But when a woman did the same, it was viewed as a negative, suggesting she was “attempting to market herself via her appearance.”

Bottom line the researchers say one way or another, beauty distorts the hiring process.

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