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People often make assumptions about people who look young. The first is they assume they are younger than they are. If you look young, people tend to take you less seriously, assume you have less experience, hold lower-level positions, lack maturity, and draw other conclusions about you based on your appearance. Looking too young when looking for a job could actually hurt your career aspirations.
While people tend to be focused on finding the fountain of youth as they age and looking younger, when it comes to your career, a youthful appearance can actually be a disadvantage.
A recent article by Zaria Gorvett on BBC.com has found there is a lot of research to suggest that looking younger than your age can actually hold you back in your career:
“…there’s mounting evidence that appearing younger than your age isn’t just inconvenient – it can have a radical impact on the way your competence is viewed, and even determine the kind of job you do in the first place. From nudging younger-looking people into more caring roles to not-so-subtly policing whether you’re considered suitable for public office, studies suggest that this invisible factor can make or break careers.”
Here are some simple tips to help you counter the effect looking young has on your career:
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Jack Kalb is a Recruitment Consultant as part of the Accounting & Finance team, specializing in placing talent with mid-sized public accounting firms.