Have you ever considered the possibility that your appearance and not your lack of certain skills could be the reason you’re unemployed? Living in the 21st century means you have to live up to some extremely high expectations. However, it seems like employers these days may prefer a more grown-up look over a conventionally attractive one when it comes to their subordinates.
26 year old Javier Sanz decided to do a little experiment while trying to find a job through an online platform called oDesk. Sanz, who looked for a job as an SEO, attached a photograph to his profile. 12% of his applications received a reply by prospective employers. However, knowing that he looks younger than his actual age, Sanz decided to apply a beard and a moustache on the same photograph using Adobe Photoshop. After he attached the “”new” picture , the response rate rose to 35%. Sanz explained that his usual appearance gave the impression of a good for nothing teenager.
So, in order to pass as a reliable grown up, he grew a beard. Figuratively.