A recent article from Fox News suggests that many graduating college students have not factored in a key element to being hired for a job: their overall appearance. According to the article,
…University of California researchers found that more attractive people make more money … significantly more to the tune of an average of 12 percent. The study also reported that attractive people are consistently judged and treated more positively, and the results show that 39 percent of attractive men and women were judged to be helpful, compared to 16 percent of middle attractive people, and only 6 percent of unattractive people. On a job interview, an attractive person was consistently hired more than a less attractive person and generally considered to be a better “team player.”
Although most of us would agree that the facts in this report are unfair, they are facts nonetheless, and one should seriously take into consideration their own appearance before applying for a job.
The article also emphasizes the major importance of having an attractive smile. Since the hiring representative conducting an interview is primarily looking at your face, it is only natural that one’s expression and smile be especially attractive.
For a recent graduate, this task might sound daunting. Late nights, long parties and lots of coffee can ultimately lead to a haggard expression and dismal smile. However, a few simple steps will allow one to improve the look of their face and teeth. Follow these steps to see quick and significant improvement.
Step 1. Improve your smile. The best way to improve your smile is to see a dentist for an oral exam and cleaning. If you are a recent graduate with no dental insurance, investigate an affordable dental plan. These plans will help you see a professional dentist immediately and they usually reduce your bill by half (and sometimes more!). At the dentist, find out about any additional procedures that might be a help to you like whitening treatment, implants or orthodontics. Once you’ve cleaned and brightened your smile, you can move on to improving the rest of your face.
Step 2. Get rid of the college student look. If you already have excellent hygiene, you may not need this step. However, if you have enjoyed a college lifestyle that leaves you looking scruffy, puffy or pale, you can take a few steps to improve the overall look of your skin and face. First, lay off the late nights. Get 8 hours of sleep – and not from 2am to 10am, but from sometime before midnight to 6, 7 or 8am. You should also make shaving or putting make-up on a habit for every morning. Drinking a lot of water will also improve the tone of your skin, and certain skin products will also improve your facial appearance as well.
Step 3. Develop a pleasant expression. Although it takes more muscles to frown outright than it does to smile, most people have a stern look when their mouth is simply relaxed. Practice smiling, laughing and talking in a pleasant manner. If you’re not sure if your voice and smile are attractive, get honest feedback from friends. Ladies should make sure they don’t talk in an overly high-pitched tone or giggle during interviews. Men should practice good posture, a warm smile, and should avoid talking through the nose. Practicing your appearance in the mirror can be a great help to improving your facial and tonal expression.
Although you must have the right training and experience to get hired for most jobs, an attractive appearance can be a great help in overcoming certain obstacles. Employers will hire you primarily based on a40-70 minute impression. They will assuredly look at your credentials, but they will also look at you. Your appearance may make the difference between a job offer or more pavement pounding.