I’m sorry to do this to you on a Thursday. I know, you were looking forward to coasting ‘til noon and hitting up the local Chili’s for a personal Triple Dipper. Hell, some of you were even planning a nice little happy hour with the crew immediately following work. But that ship has sailed. Get on the group chat and let everyone know you’re not going to make it, because your fat face is now not only ruining your dating life, but apparently your professional life as well.
A team of Scottish and American researchers showed a group of company recruiters several hypothetical candidates, all with identical resumes and headshots. The only difference was that some of the headshots had been digitally enhanced weights. Although none of the enhanced weights were even enough to be considered medically obese, the study found that even just a few extra pounds was enough to influence recruiters into being less likely to hire someone. Unsurprisingly, this disparity was even greater in women applicants, as the authors stated:
“These results affirm that even a marginal increase in weight appears to have a negative impact on the hirability ratings of female job applicants…For women, it seems, even seemingly minute changes to the shape, size and weight of the body are important.”
Maybe it’s just me, but this seems backwards. If I go to meet with an applicant and they look like some Michelob Ultra drinking Crossfit trainer, I’m going to assume they’re not serious about their job. Good workers don’t have time to be in shape. You don’t sling deals on the treadmill, you do it at an upscale steakhouse. Apparently these recruiters don’t know how business works. So when you wake up on Sunday morning, puffy-faced from drinking IPAs all weekend and with an extra ten pounds of buffalo wing weight, just know that not only are you probably going to die alone because no one could find you sexually attractive, you will also never get your dream job. Better hop your ass on the elliptical, because recruiters are a bunch of dicks. .
[via Washington Post]
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