Throughout June a debate was sparked across a multitude of social network portals asking the question; Does good looks improve your employment prospects?
With the internet dating website beautifulpeople.com planning to launch a recruitment agency, it further perpetuates the belief that looks count for a lot both personally and now professionally. The concept from beautifulpeople.com is to enable employers to post their vacancies on the website and invite good looking applicants to submit their CV’s. This announcement has been met with outrage. However in a recent survey Harries HR spoke with several high street employment agencies who agree that better looking individuals are more likely to get job offers in this competitive job market. Some have even noted an increase in the number of candidates now including pictures with their CV’s and applications.
With this trend increasing are we likely to see the government move to create a further protective characteristic to include the aesthetically challenged to the discrimination grounds list?
As unpleasant as a dating site based on looks alone may be the proposal of applicants being excluded from employment opportunities solely on their looks raises serious legal and ethical concerns. As with other subjective opinions on race, disability and age, the assessment of someone’s suitability for a job is and should be based on their capability, skills and experience. The risk of another assessment method may leave employers at the end of a discrimination claim. Our recommendation is to stay away from these types of tacky gimmicks!
If you need support on your recruitment and selection campaigns based on ethics and finding the best person for your Company contact Harries Human Resources on 01206-856464 today.