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Managers Want to Hire Based on Looks, Not Experience

Sorry, We Only Hire Pretty People

You'd think in 2010 that it would be fair to assume that everyone had gone a bit over-PC and wouldn't let looks enter the equation when hiring or firing, but a recent survey conducted by NEWSWEEK has highlighted the alarming emphasis that bosses place on beauty with 64 percent of managers believing that they should be allowed to hire based on looks. Riiiiight. Meanwhile 57 percent of managers said they thought that qualified, yet unattractive people would find it harder to find a job and 59 percent recommended spending time and money “making sure they look attractive.” Gee. What happened to a good ol' covering letter? The saving grace is that looks came in third place behind experience and confidence for key attributes, but they're still considered more important that going to a good uni or having a good sense of humour. Which probably also applies if you're on RSVP, just a heads up. The most depressing thing for women though, is that as well as being discriminated against if you're ugly, you're hated on for being too pretty. You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't. What do you think about these results? Are you surprised? Annoyed? Or do you feel the same way?

For the full survey results, check out

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