do u think attractive women use their attractive ness to get advantage in jobi  personally  think  attractive  women  use  their  physical  attractive ness to  get advantage  in ...

do u think attractive women use their attractive ness to get advantage in job

i  personally  think  attractive  women  use  their  physical  attractive ness to  get advantage  in  job. it's  true  that  in  this  way  they  get  advantage  in  job  sector  . but  i  do  not  think  this  is  the  right  way to get advantage. rather  it  is  a  matter  of  shame.

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MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with brettd. I think the same could be said for attractive men as well. Some may use their physical appearance to gain an advantage in the job market, while others may never make a conscious decision to do so. I think that the question of intention also comes into play. Many woman wear makeup, but does that reveal an inherent desire to "get ahead" by looking good? Or does it just give them a boost in self-confidence? I myself only wear makeup on rare occasions, and I've been told more than once that I should wear it all the time because it makes me look more attractive. Now, I am a high school English teacher. Do I really need to look more attractive in front of 40 teenagers? I think not...

However, there is some research (from Newsweek) to indicate that attractive people receive more promotions and make more over the course of their lifetime. And it's harder now, with so many people out of work. Some statistics from the article I read:

  • 57% of hiring managers said that a qualified but unattractive candidate would have a harder time getting a job
  • More than half suggested spending as much time and money on "looking good" as on producing a resume
  • Physical appearance ranked 3rd on a list of the most important characteristics for an applicant-even above education
  • And, most shocking to me, 61% said it would be advantageous for a woman to wear clothing that showed off her figure

So I think brettd is on to something. Is it really that women flaunt it consciously, or that men reward them for being attractive? Link to the story:

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the above posts in the way that this wording of this question naturally lends itself to a generalization.

I think also, that you need to consider what people find "attractive."  This question says physical attractiveness which right away is completely subjective.  I would also argue that attractiveness - whether in men or women - is due in large part to confidence.  Not all physically attractive people walk and talk with confidence, and not all confident people would be considered physically attractive, but by most accounts (and certainly the gamut of tabloids and check-out line magazines) confidence is what is attractive.  In the working world, a person competing for a job would be crazy NOT to use absolutely anything he/she possessed in order to boost confidence.

Certainly too, it can be argued that in some businesses, looks DO matter.  Again, in these careers, people who are aware that their physical appearance is going to put them a step ahead, are (in my opinion) smart to use it.

I think using physical appearance for success can be done in a tactful and classy way and in many cases, not shameful at all.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think there's any way to answer this question in a specific manner without overgeneralizing the female population.  Do some attractive women use their looks to advance their position in life?  Sure.  I'd also say that many if not most women do not.

It's also fair to say that women who are considered "attractive", which is a very subjective term, aren't "using" it as much as the other people in society, in business and the working world are rewarding what they believe to be attractive.  So the issue may well not be women using their looks, but men encouraging them to.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that some attractive women use their looks to help themselves get jobs or advance up the ladder but this is just the way it is. I do not think that ALL attractive women do this though. The previous post mentioned confidence and I think this is very important. There could be a very attractive woman who lacks in confidence competing for a job with a "regular" looking woman who has a great deal of confidence. Many employers would remember the confident woman first.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What is also interesting is the way in which people react to attractiveness in people.  Beauty is often equated with goodness, and herein lies danger since this assumption is often erroneous.  But, attractive people often can get away with mistakes more easily.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Why is this in the religion section?  Regardless, I think that all attractive women use their attractiveness to get ahead in jobs whether they intend to or not.  Pretty ladies automatically get advantages, and there is no way they can avoid them.

lhfscarlet | Student

Some women use physical features to get a job, of course, so do some men. Something that is attractive to one may not be attractive to another. A bleach blonde "barbie" may be attractive physically, but emotionally deep, and able to fit a job description better than one who is not physically attractive, and the opposite is true also. I feel that one who tries to use sheer physicality to get a job, will not stay with the job long, unless they do the job well. If someone has more experience at a job, they should get it no matter what physical characteristics a person has. Of course, personal grooming habits should have some say in if a person gets a job. If the person doesn't bathe, I don't care how great they are at the job, they shouldn't do it if it involves working with other people unless they  agree to bathe, and use deoderant! (personal situation at work) In any case, not all physically attractive women use their physicality to get a job. In the same case, not all physically attractive men do.

thewriter | Student

Back to the bit about 'confidence'. Isn't this something that starts from school. The attractive girls get more attention, find their little weaknesses overlooked and generally turn out to be more confident than those who aren't considered attractive. So the more attractive ones have more confidence and this may be the aspect that is actually taking them ahead and not beauty per se.