Being beautiful doesn't
always get you job
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WASHINGTON: While being beautiful may have
opened a lot of doors for you, getting a job may not be as easy, according to a
A new University of Colorado Denver Business
School study reveals that attractive women face discrimination when it comes to
landing certain kinds of jobs.
For titles like manager of research and development, director of finance,
mechanical engineer and construction supervisor, attractive women are considered
"In every other kind of job, attractive women were preferred. This wasn't the
case with men which shows that there is still a double standard when it comes to
gender," said Stefanie Johnson.
The study showed that in job categories like director of security, hardware
salesperson, prison guard and tow truck driver, attractive women were
However, attractive people do tend to score when it comes to salaries,
performance evaluations and college admissions.
"In jobs involving face-to-face client contact, such as sales, more physically
attractive applicants could conceivably perform better than those who are less
attractive," said Johnson.
The results indicate that attractiveness was more beneficial for women applying
for feminine sex-typed jobs than masculine sex-typed jobs.
The authors said that managers have to rely more on information from the
individual rather than on stereotypes about physical appearance.
The study is released in the May/June Journal of Social Psychology.