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Does a Provocative Pose Help or Hurt a Job Search?

Over at Counsel to Counsel, Stephen Seckler wonders whether a law firm will hire the photogenic female law student who posed for this photo that's now permanently cached on the Internet.

As for me, I wonder whether and how much the photo will impact the student's career.   Personally, I've always thought that a job applicant's good looks and sex appeal, (particularly, when the applicant is female)  are an asset in getting hired.  Down the line, perhaps, good looks can prevent career advancement because purportedly, employees do not always take attractive people, particularly, women seriously.  But in the short term, looks can get an otherwise weak candidate in the door to an entry level position.

What's your view?  How much do looks matter in the legal profession?  Do law firms give an adge to attractive job applicants, or conversely, discriminate against those who are less attractive? 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 21, 2007 at 07:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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