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Can Being Beautiful Help You Get A Job?

Written on March 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm , by

A pretty face can get you more than dates and free drinks, according to a new study.

Turns out there’s merit to putting your best face forward: Attractive job candidates get called back 36 percent more frequently than those who aren’t as good-looking, according to a paper published by the Institute for the Study of Labor. In the study, which took place in Argentina over two months, investigators sent 2,500 applications to positions in various fields, including a photo of the person.

They found that 10.3 percent of attractive applicants got called for interviews– and were contacted sooner– versus 7.6 percent of the unattractive candidates. Researchers gauged physical beauty based on facial proportions found to be appealing in previous studies.

Tell us: Do you think pretty people have an advantage when applying for jobs?

  • Emily Anonymous

    that is silly theory, beauty is very important to women especially during middle and high school, but an employee probably wont hire you partially on your looks, it’s what you know and your skills that count, maybe looks matter for women when they go to parties, in public, on a date, and when they go shopping but men don’t care that much how they look, and many times but not always, they have greater salaries than women, I bet it’s easy being a man