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'Graduates should make effort with appearance'

Published: Wednesday, 28 April 2010   Category: Retail

Recent university leavers looking for graduate jobs in retail may be interested to hear the views of a recruitment expert who has claimed that not making an effort with one's appearance at an interview can hamper employment chances.

Cheryl Morgan, a career counsellor, said that if candidates look like they haven't made an effort then it might call into question whether they apply the same effort to their work.

She added: "Having said that, appearance alone won't get you the job, you'll need the skills and experience to also be able to perform in that role.

"Some organisations, particularly those where you're in a customer-facing role, may have rules in their company handbook about dress code including piercings, acceptable hairstyles and visible tattoos."

A recent survey by the Hospital group found that 44 per cent of employers had overlooked someone in interview because of their appearance, with factors including piercings, greasy hair and tattoos.

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