How Beauty Influences the Job Market

There are two sides to each spectrum. We can act like everyone is physically beautiful but the fact is, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s subjective. It depends on the person who is looking. So, while there are physically attractive people, there are also physically unattractive people. And it may be the difference between you getting a job or not.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (photo by Nono Fara)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (photo by Nono Fara)

I know I’ve stressed beauty for professional environments before – but this time it’s a bit more out of your hands.

The job market nowadays is hectic. We don’t have a stable economy. But if you’re beautiful, you may get the job. And if you’re ugly, you might not.

A new study by Italian researchers at the University of Messina says that physical appearance can make or break the first steps in the hiring process. Want to read the study? Click this link. 

Basically, the study reads that

“Researchers delivered more than 11,000 resumes for 1,542 positions across Italy. For each job opportunity, the experimenters submitted eight different resumes: four with headshots of an attractive or unattractive male or female, and four without photos.

Although the average callback rate was 30 percent, the researchers found pretty women and men to be more successful. Good-looking ladies had a return rate of 54 percent, and beautiful men had a rate of 47 percent.

The unattractive applicants were not as triumphant, especially the ladies. The callback rate for the less attractive applicants was 26 percent for men and 7 percent for women.”

as quoted by the Elite Daily.

So you can either have a job because you’re beautiful, not even go to the second part of the job process because you’re not deemed beautiful, or…

You could even lose your job as a result of beauty.

There have been cases where women have been fired as a result of being beautiful. And the crazy thing is, the Supreme Court upholds that the employer has a right to fire who they want based on if they are too beautiful.

According to this article by findlaw,

“Dental assistant Melissa Nelson wasfired for being too attractive, so she sued her employer. But Iowa’s Supreme Court has upheld her firing as lawful.

In general, looking good is a positive trait. Attractive people tend to get paid more and get promoted more frequently.

But the opposite was true for dental assistant Melissa Nelson. Her employer viewed her as “irresistible” and a “threat” to his marriage, so he fired her. And according to Iowa’s all-male Supreme Court, that was perfectly fine, ABC News reports.”

Attraction is not a legally protected trait.

The article then goes on to say,

“Employers can generally fire someone for being ugly or hot. They just get into trouble when this blurs into firing someone for being a woman or man. In the case of dental assistant Melissa Nelson being too attractive for her workplace, the Iowa court apparently separated beauty from sex, and found that Nelson’s termination was legal.”

And this is how beauty influences the job market.

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