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Job advice for homely people

How to make the most of what you have

By Karen Datko Sep 16, 2009 3:23PM

It's unfortunate but true that homely folks often have more limited income prospects than their better-looking peers. People are shallow like that.


What can you do if you've been blessed with less than your fair share of good looks? Both "FMF" at Free Money Finance and Kiplinger columnist Marty Nemko have some advice.

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Marty also has some relevant remarks for employers: "All other things being equal, I'd give the nod to an ugly candidate." You can probably hire them for less and they'll work harder than those who know how to get by on their looks.


In his post "Why I like to hire ugly people," Marty recalled the change in people's attitudes toward him when he wore a hairpiece for some TV spots. (What do you think? We prefer Marty in the photos without the rug.) "Wearing the hairpiece helped me realize the power of looks," he said.


What's the non-beautiful person to do? We'll offer some samples from both of these writers.

  • Make the most of what you've got. Stand up straight, wear decent clothes, be clean -- and, ladies, use makeup to full advantage. Marty notes that makeovers are available for free at department stores. Keep your weight under control.
  • Know more and work harder than the pretty people. FMF says that "you MUST deliver results and have a good attitude." Marty adds:
Don't skimp on self-development. If you have mediocre skills, that's strike two. Add a mediocre personality, and it's usually strike three and you're out.
  • Don't give up hope. One of the studies cited by FMF found that education and confidence in your abilities have more effect on your income than a beautiful face.

Need inspiration? Think of the hugely successful people you adore who don't have classic good looks. Lyle Lovett comes to mind. Who are your favorites?


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