Does the way you look affect job prospects?

Does the way you look affect your job prospects? One would hope in this day and age it doesn’t but I think we have to be realistic about how often we as a person pass assumptions about people and places without even realising. In 2014 GradWeb conducted a survey amongst their client base to see whether in fact the way you look does in fact affect your job prospects.

These are my 3 main key points:

  • As expected the 2014 report continues to highlight a significant difference in terms of gender. Overall applications – 64.07% for men versus 35.45% for women
  • Applications for disabled graduates have continued to increase this however this still falls below the 9% of graduates who are registered disabled. Thus meaning that either disabled job seekers are not declaring that they have a disability or they are less confident in finding employment with corporate organisations and therefore don’t apply in the first instance.
  • It is also clear from the report that more work with companies’ is required in the recruitment process of ethnic minority candidates.

What do you think of Gradweb’s infographic?

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GradWeb is one of the UK’s leading graduate, entry-level and volume outsource recruitment specialists boasting an international, cross-sector client portfolio.

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  1. March 13, 2020 / 5:28 am

    I loved the way you used statistics to relay your knowledge. In addition, a study, which surveyed 1,040 UK workers around the topic of physical appearance and career prospects, found that a staggering 78.9 percent of professionals believe that the way you look can affect your chances of landing a job. Other areas include: Over half (56.7 percent) think it can impact the way your co-workers see you. With a further 55.2 percent believe that it can impact people’s confidence.