Apparently, sometimes you need more than a great resume?
The job market is brutal, but then again, doesn't it always seem that way? There's so much competition for a small number of jobs, and every applicant must have an amazing resume with stellar work experience, volunteer work, and a scholarship record that makes prospective employers gasp in admiration. And that's just to get an interview.
Once you've actually gotten a job, you have to work extra hard to keep it. If you have any dreams of advancement, you'll do anything you can to shine in the workplace.
So, what can you do to improve the way that you're perceived in the workplace?
An article on Yahoo says that certain facial features can help you get ahead at your job, and that certain cosmetic procedures really do improve competitive perception in the workplace. To be clear, not every cosmetic procedure will help you — some will have no affect at all.
A study conducted by RealSelf.com (a cosmetic surgery website) found that these three facial features had the highest rating as far as possessing the desirable job qualities:
1. Smooth skin without wrinkles: The Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid (naturally present in the human body) that's used as an injectable facial filler. It temporarily fills out wrinkles around your nose and cheeks. Women who had the Voluma were seen as trustworthy, competitive, creative friendly and motivated.
2. Proportionate nose: A nose job or Rhinoplasty improves the appearance and proportion of the nose, and can correct a breathing problem. Subjects with nose jobs were seen as more competitive and motivated.
3. Strong chin: A chin implant procedure reshapes the chin through surgery, and those who had chin implants were perceived as motivated and trustworthy.
All photos: Yahoo
In the study, 400 men and women participants looked at before and after plastic surgery pictures with half the group looking at the before cosmetic surgery, and half looking at the after cosmetic surgery photos. Neither group knew that surgery was involved at all.
Participants rated each photo on five (out of 15) qualities that Glassdoor.com says will get you hired: being competitive, motivated, trustworthy, creative, and friendly. Each photo was rated on how much the subject looked like the adjective on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 5 (extremely).
One picture was used in both surveys as a control, and both groups scored that photo the same way across all qualities. All the photo subjects were Caucasian women between the ages of 30 and 60, because they're the majority of visitors to the RealSelf site.
Botox injections and eyelid surgery made no difference in how people were perceived in relation to the personality qualities employers want.
While the study didn't show that plastic surgery is required to land a job, it did show that a natural-looking change in appearance can give you a leg up in the workplace.
If you're feeling more confident because of cosmetic surgery, that confidence will appear to others as being friendly, motivated, competitive, creative and friendly.