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Handsome men more likely to win graduate opportunities

Published: Wednesday, 20 April 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

Handsome men might find they are more successful at winning graduate jobs if they include a photo on their CVs.

That is to be inferred from a new report by researchers Bradley Ruffle and Ze'ev Shtudiner to be presented to the Royal Economic Society, which revealed that good-looking men are more likely to get interviews than their less aesthetically-pleasing counterparts.

Interestingly, the research of more than 5,000 CVs that were submitted for 2,650 job vacancies indicated that women are not so lucky, with attractive females less likely to get through the first stage of the recruitment process.

Women with no picture on their CV were 22 per cent more likely to receive a response to an application, while those with a plain picture saw their chances boosted even more, by 30 per cent in total.

The researchers noted: "The evidence points to female jealousy of attractive women in the workplace as a primary reason for their penalisation in recruitment."

This information could help people applying for jobs across Europe, with the latest Markit Flash Eurozone Composite Output Index suggesting that job creation rates are up across the eurozone.

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