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Most people would like to live in a world where their career progression depends on their ability to perform work to a high standard. But that’s not how it actually works in the real world. Partly, your success comes down to performance, but partly it comes down to appearance too. In other words, the way you look matters. 

This phenomenon seems to apply across the board to both women and men. More attractive people tend to progress further in the workplace. It’s a fact of life. Researchers have investigated a bunch of hypotheses for why this might be the case. Perhaps the most interesting idea is that people tend to like attractive people more than their less attractive counterparts. Looking at a good-looking person is a pleasant experience that provides immediate value, setting managers and colleagues up for reciprocity. 

Another theory is that attractiveness is a mark of fitness. The better a person looks, the more likely they are to cope physically with positions of responsibility. 

There’s also the idea that physical attractiveness relates intimately to a person’s innate characteristics. According to medium.com, people who have great hair and beautiful skin look after themselves, deferring gratification in their personal lives.

Whatever the reason, appearance can make a difference. Thus, if you want to get ahead in your career, you’ll want to take advantage of this fact, even if you don’t like the idea in principle. 

Here are some quick ways to dramatically boost the way you look and progress your career. 

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Get Your Teeth Whitened

Professional sites like Bowralstreetdentalpractice.com.au talk about the benefits of whitening teeth. Having white teeth is perhaps the single most significant factor people concentrate on when assessing your appearance, except maybe your weight. Bright teeth are a signal of prestige, health, and wealth. But interestingly, you don’t need a lot of money in your bank account to make a difference in how they look. Most cosmetic treatments today are immensely affordable. Whitening your teeth projects a dramatically new image of who you are and gives you the confidence to bare your teeth in social interactions. 

Concentrate On Personal Hygiene

People will also judge you on how you smell in the workplace. If you have close friends you trust, you can ask them whether they’ve noticed any unpleasant aromas emanating from your body at any point. If they have, thank them for their honesty and adjust your showering habits. 

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Avoid Inflammatory Foods

Makeup can help bring out the best in your appearance. But what you really want is to rely on it less. Reducing your intake of pro-inflammatory foods can have all sorts of profound effects on your skin, helping to reduce breakouts and evening tone. 

Try replacing meat with beans. And avoid processed food. If you want to snack during the day, eat fruit instead. 

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Finally, you might want to change your body language to become more expressive. Try not to hide. Instead, come out of your shell and be more forthcoming. 

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  1. You are right. A well-groomed person will be easily liked and accepted. Career progression does depend on your performance, but a well-groomed and presentable person can achieve that at a faster pace than others. The principles are the same across the world. The tips sound simple and easily doable.

    1. A friend of mine is just stunning and secures jobs easier being 6ft tall, attractive, well-groomed and slim. I hate being the person to point that out compared to me who is 5ft tall, more weight around the middle and just not attractive. It shouldn’t matter but it does. Thank you for commenting 🙂

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