Can Being a Hot Man Keep You From Finding Work?

Being good-looking apparently has a downside.

Do you consider yourself a hot man? Are you so good looking that people stop in their tracks whenever you walk by? Is it usually the case that others flock to you at bars and other places because you are super stunning?

If you are answering yes to any of the above, all we can say is that must be nice. Or is it?

That’s because a new study suggests it’s not all rainbows and unicorns for the wickedly good looking. In fact, there can be a rather ugly downside.

It’s called job discrimination.

You may be wondering why? It’s simple. Newly released research suggests that handsome men are passed up for jobs by hiring managers because they see such people as a threat to their position.

We’re not making this up.

The study, carried out by the US and the UK at University College London's School of Management and the University of Maryland respectively, suggests that good looking guys often struggle to find work because “handsome men are more likely to be seen as a threat by their bosses and are hence less likely to score equally powerful positions…”.

Now it is important to state that this study falls short on the sample size. Investigators only conducted experiments at four offices.

Still, it was enough to warrant the headline published by the folks at Boss Hunting.

Professor Yung Lee, professor and lead researcher of the research at University of Maryland said the following: “Managers are affected by stereotypes and make hiring decisions to serve their own self-interests so [companies] may not get the most competent candidates.”

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When we saw this piece here at the blog, we couldn’t help but chuckle. Let’s face it – many of us are just average looking. Moreover, most of us assume that the hotties always have the proverbial red carpet rolled out for them.

But apparently, that’s not always the case.

So, if you have ever felt jealous of someone else’s hotness because you are less than modelesque, allow yourself a moment to sit back and enjoy a brief moment of schadenfreude.