NOTE: Today’s guest post is from Nelson Smith, one of the funniest and most controversial personal finance bloggers I know. He writes at Financial Uproar, and can also be found on the Canadian Finance Blog.
Every workplace has at least one of them. They’re the person who gets the promotion and raise even though they’re not really that useful. They have a sexy and wonderful girl/boyfriend. They always seem to get the lucky breaks. Everything keeps on getting better for them. And why do they do so much better than the rest of us? Unfortunately for us common folk, there’s not much we can do about it. They get the breaks because they’re attractive.
You might not believe it, but it’s true. All sorts of studies have linked attractiveness to benefits such as increased income, greater job security and interestingly, a greater chance of getting a loan. This isn’t just limited to women employees either. This article from The Economist argues that attractive NFL quarterbacks earn more than their uglier brethren, even when they have identical stats. Of course, many of the female readers of this blog would argue that being a starting NFL quarterback would make even the plainest of guys automatically attractive.
For those of us who aren’t sexy enough to be models, this kind of sucks. Imagine going up against an attractive person in a competition for who gets a promotion. You’re both equally qualified. You both have an identical work history. Guess who gets the promotion? You better dust off your resume, maybe the ugly company down the road is hiring. You got screwed because someone else was lucky enough to be born with higher cheek bones than you. It’s not fair, but it happens.
Like anything in life, you need to work hard to differentiate yourself. Intelligence will always trump attractiveness. So will hard work. And rejoice ugly fellas, all you need is to make a higher than normal income, and you should be able to end up with an attractive woman. The higher the income, the higher you can aim. Aim for the sky plain guy, you can do it.
Whether you like it or not, the fact is that women place an elevated value on their looks. Over 90% of cosmetic procedures are done on female patients. If used effectively, an attractive woman can use her looks to overcome her lack of intelligence or education. How many of the guys reading have given an extra hot waitress a bigger tip than normal? Plus, she can use her excess looks to land a guy with a higher income.
Sexy people will continue to get the breaks. Businesses realize their customers would rather deal with a hot receptionist. Sales rep jobs will always be dominated by good looking people. And let’s not even get started on strippers.
There are already a ton of reasons to work hard at your job. I’ve got another – you might just end up being in competition with someone who’s hot.
Nelson Smith is the author of the handsomest personal finance blog out there, Financial Uproar. His real job is working for a potato chip company, where he gets all sorts of free chips. He’s single ladies, so feel free to follow him on the Twitter, where he usually tries to be witty.