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17 October 2016
Are you wondering why you haven’t been promoted yet?

If you are sat there wondering why you have yet to receive the promotion you believe you truly deserve, then the reason why may surprise you. You work hard and add value to the company. You rarely, if ever call in sick and you continuously work overtime to ensure the job is done properly. But why haven’t you received that promotion yet?

It has been discovered that professional success doesn’t solely rely on work ethic and overall performance. A survey from CareerBuilder shows that hiring managers seriously consider an employee’s overall appearance when deciding whether to promote them to a senior position.

Over 2,000 HR managers across the US were surveyed and named these nine presentation flaws as factors that could put them off from promoting an employee. And it isn’t just physical appearance that affects the decision, it’s certain attitudes and behaviours that put people off you too. Here is what the survey found out:

  • 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.
  • 27% were less likely to promote an employee with visible tattoos.
  • 25% were less likely to promote an employee with an unprofessional hairstyle.
  • 24% were less likely to promote an employee with constant bad breath.
  • 21% were less likely to promote an employee who wore too much perfume or cologne.
  • 15% were less likely to promote an employee who wore too much makeup.

We advise you to look around your office to see what people in senior positions wear on a daily basis. The terms can be confusing for some people, especially in the corporate world from business smart to smart casual to formal wear. If in doubt, ask someone, especially if you are new to the company. If you are being interviewed soon for a new role, then try to take a peek at what others are wearing so you know if you were to be successful in the new role. Your recruitment agency can also offer advice as they would have met with the company beforehand to discuss their needs. As for tattoos and hairstyle – this depends on the employer. If you feel you are being discriminated because of your appearance, then you will need to consult with the HR department at your workplace for advice on the situation.

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