Surviving in a First Impression World: Cosmetic Surgery for Career Advancement

Susan Anderson

by Susan Anderson | August 22, 2012 @ 03:00PM

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InterviewThe basics of making a super first impression in a job interview or initial client meeting are simple and finite: be on time, dress and groom yourself accordingly, be aware of your body language, and come prepared. Simple, right? It used to be. Today’s job market and business climate is more competitive than ever. It is taking more to close deals and land the job. Men and women are finding that having a fresh, young look will give them an edge in almost any situation.

Beauty is as Beauty Does

Celebrities have known this for years and have been lining up for breast augmentation surgery, Botox, and facelifts to stay current and working in Hollywood - Joan Rivers, Nicole Kidman, Kathy Griffin, Kate Hudson, Kim Cattrall and Jane Fonda - to name a few. For the average person, these same procedures can boost a career. Studies have confirmed that people who are more attractive receive more promotions and make three to four percent more money than those considered less attractive. In addition, they are more likely to get hired faster and be more productive. 

Wall St.A common misconception is that only women are affected by the inequality of attractiveness, but men have felt the pressure just as much. In a recent study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons over 360,000 men received Botox injections in 2011, an 8 percent increase since 2010. This trend is even seen on Wall Street. According to Business Insider, the pressure to look refreshed and vibrant in the high-stress environment has led many of the financial executives to seek out injectables to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Performance Review 

As we’ve discussed before in “Plastic Surgery for Athletes”, the strength, agility, stamina and accuracy of an athlete can be impacted by a successful plastic surgery. Lasik can improve vision, breast reduction surgery can increase mobility and rhinoplasty can improve stamina.

International Relations

The perks that come with a more attractive look aren’t confined to America. In China, elective plastic surgery has boomed after economic reform took place in the 1980’s. China is now 3rd in the world behind the United States and Brazil for the number of cosmetic procedures performed. Their motivation? Purely economic. Many young women enhance their beauty in the hopes of higher salaries or landing a good husband. The most common procedures are Asian Eyelid Surgery, rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

There’s an age-old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but Elle Woods said it best in Legally Blonde, “Tattered books stay on the shelves.” It’s true. Sometimes it's very hard to look past an exterior to the heart and mind of something. And even beyond that, sometimes it's about trust. Would you hand over a check for $150,000 to invest in a product or service to someone wearing tattered clothing with gnarly teeth? Probably not. We all expect that those we hire and do business with will be competent, knowledgeable, and to look the part with their best face forward. 

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