Are Attractive People More Employable?

Interesting question for you; are attractive people more employable?

 
Are good-looking people more likely to get jobs? That depends whether you’re talking about men or women, according to a new working paper. From the abstract:
 

Job applicants in Europe and in Israel increasingly imbed a headshot of themselves in the top corner of their CVs. We sent 5,312 CVs in pairs to 2,656 advertised job openings. In each pair, one CV was without a picture while the second, otherwise almost identical CV contained a picture of either an attractive male/female or a plain-looking male/female. Employer callbacks to attractive men are significantly higher than to men with no picture and to plain-looking men, nearly doubling the latter group. Strikingly, attractive women do not enjoy the same beauty premium. In fact, women with no picture have a significantly higher rate of callbacks than attractive or plain-looking women. We explore a number of explanations and provide evidence that female jealousy of attractive women in the workplace is a primary reason for the punishment of attractive women.

Previous research, however, has found that good-looking female workers receive higher raises than their plain or ugly counterparts.
 
Taken from an article by Catherine Rampell in the Economix
 

Another article you might enjoy relating to how Google decide who is employable

 

If you would like to see more articles on what makes a person more employable please let us know below

Previous post:

Next post: