08 April 2009According to a new report, as the current economic recession continues to deepen, many job seekers are turning to cosmetic surgery to boost their chances of finding a job. A report from news agency Reuters notes that some surgeons in the United States are noticing an increase in those looking for a "fresher" face in the competitive job market. California-based cosmetic surgeon Payman Simoni, said: "Before the economy turned down, people would come in because they wanted to have more fun and enjoyment out of life."But now plastic surgery has become a necessity for some. People cannot only rely on their skills in this market. They want to look refreshed and youthful so they can compete for jobs." One of Simoni's patients agrees. Marketing executive Jeff Grabow recently had a facelift at the clinic in order to improve his looks. He said: "I'm 56 and I've been in the music business for 35 years. We're not having a good year and I know I'll soon have to interview. "The surgery made sense for me. I look at least 10 to 15 years younger and I have more confidence." In addition, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently noted that they've seen an increase in women looking for cosmetic surgery before job-hunting. In a survey from the company, about 13 per cent of women said they would consider having a cosmetic surgery procedure in order to look and feel more confident before job interviews. It's these numbers which also prompted Manhattan-based surgeon Stephen Greenberg to start a "Job Fighter Package" for both men and women. He notes that he's done between 50 and 60 of the procedures since launching the offer in October. He added: "Men and women in their 40s and 50s are competing with peers 10 to 15 years younger and employers naturally tend to go to a person who looks fresher and younger, despite who is better qualified."