Appearance Counts

10 Dec

The CS Monitor reports in the e-mail newsletter:

College seniors nearing graduation and entry into the job market might want to keep a comb and fingernail clipper handy. Reason: Personal appearance definitely counts in the interview process, according to more than 200 employers who participated in the Job Outlook 2005 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. In compiling job-search advice for prospective graduates, the association concludes
that cleanliness and conservative attire are assets. Respondents ranked various appearance factors as being a strong influence, a slight influence, or of no influence on an inter- viewee's suitability for employment. The top factors, based on the percentage who said each was a strong influence:

1. Grooming 70%
2. Nontraditional attire 49%
3. Nontraditional hair color (tie) Body piercing 32%
5. Handshake (tie) Obvious tattoos 28%
7. Unusual hairstyle 22%
8. Earring (male) 14%
9. Beard 3%
10. Mustache 1%

It continues to surprise me how little people understand the importance of this stuff.

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