28 July 2010

A new survey has revealed that job seekers could be looking to boost their employment prospects with the aid of cosmetic surgery, in light of beliefs that older or unattractive candidates are not as likely to be hired. In a recent poll of mostly male managers, Newsweek found that 84 per cent of managers said they would hesitate to hire a visibly older candidate for a position.The survey found that ageism affects both women and men, but that it is more likely to have a negative impact for women. As law professor Deborah Rhode explained, silver hair and furrowed brows can lend men a "distinguished" appearance, while ageing women risk marginalisation. With plastic surgery becoming ever more affordable, it appears that an increasing number of people are considering improvements to areas of their bodies they are not happy with, as a way to boost their self-esteem - something that could affect their chances of employment in competitive markets. This follows earlier news that more people are seeking cosmetic surgery as an investment during the recession. Speaking last November, Liz Dale, director of The Harley Medical Group, explained that the group had seen an increase in the number of patients seeking treatments to improve their confidence levels and their looks. "Redundancy and unemployment levels are increasing and people are looking for ways to keep themselves one step ahead of their colleagues. Most patients think about surgery for many years and office competition simply acts as a catalyst," Ms Dale said.