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?


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.