Well, thank God for that. Turns out my CV isn't total shite... I'm just too classically handsome. And you might be too. 

A transnational study carried out in both the US and the UK has yielded rather interesting findings. As apparently, "... handsome men are more likely to be seen as a threat by their bosses and are hence less likely to score equally powerful positions...". So in addition to being pain, beauty is also a career killer. Yikes. 

The study was run by researchers from both University College London’s School of Management and the University of Maryland. Four separate experiments were conducted in four different offices. And while that may not sound like a large enough sample size, it's apparently large enough for these researchers to reach such a grabby-headline conclusion. 


Men who were charged with the hiring duties of other men whom they would eventually work alongside had a tendency to find a fault in the latter party. As the report indicates, their decisions were negatively influence by the deemed attractiveness of the candidates and in accordance with the type of job. Shockingly enough, perceived attractiveness of female candidates had the opposite effect. Yeah. 

"Managers are affected by stereotypes and make hiring decisions to serve their own self-interests so [organisations] may not get the most competent candidates," says Professor Sun Young Lee, lead researcher at the University of Maryland. 

"With more companies involving employees in recruitment processes, this important point needs attention. Awareness that hiring is affected by potential work relationships and stereotyping tendencies can help [organisations] improve their selection processes."

There ya have it fellas. Next time you find yourself staring down the barrel of an e-mail that opens with "Thank you for your application, but unfortunately...", just chalk it up to your picture perfect mug. And nothing else.