Blog: If you’re a good-looking woman: don’t send a photo…
10 May 2013, 12:26
Attaching a photograph to your job application is a good idea, right? Especially if you’re relatively good-looking? We know lookers are viewed more positively by society, correct?
Not so fast. Look at the excerpt from The Economist, highlighting a study conducted by Israeli researchers. When a photo is attached, good-looking men have a higher chance of being invited for interview. Attractive women, however, would be better off not attaching that photograph.
Strange, isn’t it? Unless you consider the matter more deeply, as the researchers did. The Economist summed it up thus: “Human resources departments tend to be staffed mostly by women. Indeed, in the Israeli study, 93% of those tasked with selecting whom to invite for an interview were female. The researchers’ unavoidable—and unpalatable—conclusion is that old-fashioned jealousy led the women to discriminate against pretty candidates.”
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