Change Your Appearance and Get a Job?

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I receive a ton of press releases related to employment, HR, and the economy. I never share them because they are very boring. You can’t make compliance issues and payroll numbers very sexy.

Thankfully, I finally have an awesome excerpt to share from a press release titled Half of Workers Who Were Laid Off in the Last Three Months Have Found New Jobs, Reveals Latest CareerBuilder Survey.

The competition for a smaller number of jobs is driving some workers to alter their everyday appearances in hopes of making a stronger impression. More than a quarter (28 percent) of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months said they have changed their appearance to make themselves more attractive to potential employers. Fourteen percent said they have lost weight, 8 percent have changed their hair color or hairstyle and 5 percent are dressing to appear younger. Teeth whitening, enhanced makeup and cosmetic procedures were also cited.

Comparing genders, both men and women indicated making changes to their appearances in hopes of appealing to potential employers, at 26 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

Holy crap, dudes.  I’m a big believer in doing the best you can with what you have, but don’t get botox just to get a job — unless the botox is free.

I want to know: have you changed your appearance to get a job?

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