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Beautiful women lose out on job interviews

A recent working paper by an Israeli researcher found that company recruiters were more reluctant to call a beautiful woman in for interviews, preferring applicants who were to speak plainly ugly, or women who didn't include a picture with a resume.

But gorgeous men were in high demand. They were more than twice as likely to be called back for interviews than men judged unattractive.

The finding on pretty women contradicts the common perception that attractive people tend to accrue more of life's benefits. Previous academic studies have suggested that beauty is an advantage in the job world.

People deemed attractive are paid more than those with plain looks, according to prior research. Many people confer positive personality traits on men and women they find better-looking they associate beauty with higher intelligence, for example.

In the Israeli study, researchers sent more than 5,300 resumes to companies. Each company received two nearly identical resumes: one had a photo attached, and one did not. It is common, but not mandatory, to include a photograph with a resume in Israel, the study said.

Female candidates who didn't include a photo with their resumes were called in for an interview 16.6 percent of the time. Pretty women had a 12.8 percent response rate; ugly women were called back 13.6 percent of the time.

Good-looking men, on the other hand, got an interview 19.7 percent of the time, compared with 9.7 percent of ugly men and 13.7 percent of men who didn't include a picture.

“Attractive women have to work longer and take more time searching to get a job,” said Bradley Ruffle, the study's author. He said the study provided evidence that female jealousy was acting against Israel's beauties in the labour force. Human resources staffers are usually women, according to a survey the researchers conducted.

Americans lucky enough to be employed are likely to see a small salary increase in 2011.

One survey from summer, done by HR consultancy Towers Watson, found that US companies expect their budgets for salaries to rise about 2.9 percent next year. They had predicted a 3.1 percent increase for 2010, and actually granted a 2.7 percent raise.

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Published December 07, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 09, 2010 at 2:34 pm)

Beautiful women lose out on job interviews

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