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Female recruiters will penalise beautiful women when reviewing job applicants; while handsome men are favored, says new research

Two economists have released a report that says if a female HR
professional receives a resume including a photo from an attractive
female applicant, the resume is likely to land in the bin because of
jealousy and rivalry. The researchers sent bogus applications to more than 2,500 real job
vacancies. For each job, they sent two very similar resumes, one without
a photo and one with a photo of either an ‘attractive’ or a ‘plain’
applicant.

The researchers found that while resumes with photos of physically
attractive women were far less likely to land an interview than those
without a photo, resumes with photos of handsome men were more likely to
result in an interview than those who didn’t include a photo.

In this
particular study, 93% of the HR staff responsible for hiring were
female and the researchers said they tested a range of theories before coming to
the conclusion: “Female jealousy of attractive women in the workplace
and the negative perception of women (but not men) who include pictures
of themselves on their CVs are the primary reasons for the punishment of
attractive women.”

Read the full article here at HC Online.

Your thoughts?  Have you seen an example of this?  I’d love to include some local stories about it in my new book…

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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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