Female employees at the Bank of England have been advised to "Always wear a heel and some sort of make-up, even if it’s just lipstick."
And don't forget that clients like tight skirts and cleavage too...
Personal branding coach Mary Spillane, a partner in the London office of executive search firm Whitehead Mann says, "People move on in their careers because of communication, influencing skills, being able to create the impact that conveys leadership and authority, and that comes from a range of things including grooming. It diminishes the age issue: by the time you are in your late 30s and 40s your skin has discoloration and you get dark circles; make-up takes that away."
Of course if you're discolored, you're no longer able to understand balance sheets, customers and logistics.
International make-up artist Bobbi Brown says, "In any situation make-up can be a great way for women to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident."
Perhaps some recruiters I know - men and women - should consider wearing make-up during this economic period; it sounds as if it would make up for skill deficiencies.
"People want to look feminine but not vampish,"
says a female co-director of one PR firm. "As a woman, you are often in the minority in a meeting, and you want to be remembered for the point you made, or for changing the course of a debate, not for the colour of your lipstick,"
she says. I'm at a loss for making any pithy comments after reading this quote.
Seriously RBC folks, there's science behind the above quotes. A 2006 study
found that when men and women were asked to assess photographs of four women with and without make-up, women who were presented wearing make-up were perceived to be more confident, and thought to have a greater earning potential and more prestigious jobs than those without make-up.
The road is still very long and bumpy...
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Personally being an IT recruiter I always thought a female (recruiting) voice has the upper hand given the male dominated population of Information Technology.
However I refuse to wear make-up, so far...
I've had many clients tell me they like to hire pretty young women to call on manufacturing clients. Drop in with doughnuts and they get a quick audience! Looks matter. Sad, but true.
It is not right, but it is reality. Our society pushes the made up faces of females everywhere. For men, it is about what they wear on their bodies. Look at the commentary made about the First Family Mr. Obama was described as 'smart, intelligent' while the First Lady and her daughters--people talked about their dressing style and where to get their clothes--JCrew's site crashed after people leanred what the daughters were wearing. Does anyone know who made Mr. Obama's suit????
Then you would have to do it on a regular basis...