When it comes to being professional, most will agree that what you live or die on is more than just a pretty face. However, as writer Jessica Bennett shared from the results of some recent number crunching compiled by Newsweek, attractive men and women are just plain lucky in the workplace. It turns out that the physical appearance factors in prominently when it comes to job seeking and performance rating, as beautiful people have the edge on their more normal-looking counterparts. And the proof, it seems, is in the numbers. Consider the following facts:

  • A good-looking man will make some $250,000 more than his least-attractive counterpart, according to economist Daniel Hamermesh.
  • Fifty-seven percent of hiring managers told Newsweek that qualified but unattractive candidates are likely to have a harder time landing a job.
  • Sixty-one percent of managers (the majority of them men) said it would be an advantage for a woman to wear clothing showing off her figure at work.

However, while the looks department plays a big role in the study, how you present yourself at work is an important thing to consider as well.  Self-presentation deals with how you package yourself—from the way you dress and behave to the personality that you project to other people. Eliot Aronson, a social psychologist from Stanford University, says that presenting yourself also plays a part in achieving success.

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