Your Career Could Suffer If You Look Too Good

January 21, 2013  |  

On December 21, 2012, the Supreme Court of Iowa ruled that Melissa Nelson could justifiably be fired from her job because her boss, a dentist, and his insecure wife thought she was too attractive and, therefore, a threat to their marriage.

Science is now showing that a lot of people share this emotion. While research shows that being attractive is helpful, professionally, it can also be a hindrance, writes Black Enterprise.

“According to this academic study, attractive women who included photos with their resume were ‘less likely to be chosen for interviews than their not-as-attractive counterparts’ even if they shared identical qualifications,” writes the website.

While it’s not so common right now for candidates to include photos with their resume, some jobs ask for it. And with social media, employers can see what candidates look like online.

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