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Pretty girls always get the guy, the popularity, and the better-paying job, right?
Maybe not. A recent study discovered that attractive women are actually discriminated against in the job hunt.
Israeli researchers sent out 2,500 fictional applications to real job vacancies. Each opening received two very similar resumes – one with a picture and one without. The pictures themselves varied in attractiveness. When it came to the male applicants, studliness was an advantage -- good-looking guys nabbed more interviews.
But the effect was reversed for women: Good-looking women needed to send an average of four resumes more than their plain-Jane counterparts, just to get an interview.
According to researchers, this wasn't a case of the dumb-blonde stereotype, but an example of another female cliche: Girl-on-girl jealousy. Apparently, most human resource departments are powered by women. And, in the study, 93% of those reviewing the resumes were women.
The study is disheartening. But it doesn't mean you should go deleting the photo on your LinkedIn profile. I'm keeping my smiling mug next to my qualifications and choosing to believe that talent perseveres.