Sunday, September 9, 2012

How looking good can help your career

Good morning economists. A couple of days ago, my good friends over at "Trust me, I am an economist" posted a picture on facebook which got me thinking about the implications of the old saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

Why do you dress up to look your best when you go for a job interview? (Or at least you should be doing that). It is because the first appearance matters more than you think. It does not matter how many degrees you hold or what your qualifications are, if you do not inspire confidence in the person who will hire you, chances are that your job application will be rejected.

This is because your interviewer or your boss, if you are hired, sees you as a potential money making unit which will provide him/her with some expected utility or satisfaction. Nobody wants to be around someone who dresses poorly and smells badly. That would imply some degree of disutility or discomfort and because of this you will not be given the same chances you would have if you dressed nicely and took daily showers.
Beauty is very subjective and so is utility. Forget about "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and replace it with "utility is in the eye of the beholder".

So when you wake up to go to work or have a job interview, try to look your best. As funny as it sounds, it will cause people around you and especially your boss to appreciate your work more and you will have more opportunities for career advancement.

Have a looking good at work day!

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