Like it or not, employers judge your appearance. In a CareerBuilder poll, employers were asked what keeps them from promoting employees, and while attitude and attendance were definitely factors, they also had something to say about what employees wear.
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CareerBuilder surveyed 2000 HR managers across the US. Sixty-two per cent said that both “a negative or pessimistic attitude” and showing up late for work can hurt an employee’s chance for a promotion. They also listed some appearance-based factors that might keep them from promoting an employee, though:
44% were less likely to promote an employee who wore provocative clothing to work.
43% were less likely to promote an employee who wore wrinkled clothes.
32% were less likely to promote an employee with piercings other than traditional ear piercings.
27% were less likely to promote an employee who frequently wore clothing that was too casual for the workplace.
Of course, a lot of this is subjective — it depends on the workplace and the employer — and some of it may seem antiquated, but it helps to know how employers think nonetheless. For more on the survey, head to CareerBuilder’s full post at the link below.