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Appearance 'can be important in finding graduate jobs'

Published: Monday, 06 October 2008   Category: Career Advice

Those hunting for graduate jobs have been warned employers can put off by a candidate's unusual appearance.

According to the Guardian, some employers frown on things such as piercings and tattoos.

Speaking to the news provider, Joan Pettinggill, an employment partner at commercial law firm HLW, explained that is it not always illegal to refuse someone a job because of the way they look.

"The general rule is you can ensure people look satisfactory for business requirements, subject to anti-discrimination legislation," she said.

However, if someone is turned down because of a piercing they have for religious reasons, then this might be against the law, she added.

In related news, Onrec.com recently reported that a study by the Future Laboratory on behalf of Microsoft predicts that the workplace will be dominated by women by 2033.

According to the research, the change will be caused by an increasing reliance of "female-oriented soft skills".ADNFCR-1068-ID-18812828-ADNFCR

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