New You For a New Job: Procedures that break down the barrier between you and your next job

New You For a New Job: Procedures that break down the barrier between you and your next job
New You For a New Job: Procedures that break down the barrier between you and your next job

If getting a new job is one of your resolutions, and you’re getting the interviews but not the offer, maybe you need to consider your appearance. Like it or not, appearances do matter and there’s a chance that yours might be holding you back. Perhaps that’s why there seem to be a few trends that continue to be quite popular, including tattoo removal, earlobe reconstruction and of course, the perennial favorite… Botox.

As you begin to dust off the ol’ resume, maybe there's something else that needs an update: you. Staying current with workplace style isn't just for fashion bloggers. Hiring managers use cues like personal appearance and grooming to help decide if a candidate is a fit for the company culture, as well as for gauging a person's general attention to detail and level of self-care. If you want to make sure that your look is helping, not hindering you, consider how the following procedures might help pave the way for a new position.

Tattoo removal:

In some cities and in certain industries, tattoos are not only acceptable but almost expected. But if you are no longer working at an ad agency in Austin or a coffee shop in Portland, you might want to consider starting with a clean slate, literally. To edit your body art, consider location and theme.

Location: Are existing tats visible when wearing workplace-appropriate outfit on an average workday? Neck, wrist, hand and forearm tattoos will be the most easily noticeable in almost any mode of dress, though ladies wearing sleeveless dresses during the summer may have more ground to cover in tattoo removal. And of course, low-waisted pants can broadcast the nearly-ubitquitous-post-2003 "tramp stamp" of the lower back.

Speaking of once-popular marks, consider also the theme of your tattoos. You may never want to remove a significant date or name from your body, but if permanent ink marks what was a passing fad, all the more reason to consider a tattoo removal procedure, so that you put your best –present day –self forward.

Stretched earlobe corrective surgery:

While creative industries have a higher tolerance for substantial piercings, including the large gauges that stretch the earlobes considerably, most of us don’t work in uber-creative environments and certain forms of artistic personal expression aren’t as widely tolerated. So, if you’ve stretched those earlobes and you’re going in for a very corporate/conservative job interview – you may want to consider earlobe reconstruction. It’s a relatively simple and inexpensive office procedure. Any serious interview will include a face-to-face discussion, often with many of a company’s top brass. To keep the attention on you, and not exclusively on your earlobes, corrective surgery for this cartilage transforms ears from a topic of conversation to not-even-noticeable.


Is there a more winning combination than coupling your hard-earned experience and wisdom with a fresh face and attitude? A lengthy resume pairs well with a smooth forehead, one that does not belie the sleepless nights or long days spent at the office over the years. Go into an interview with renewed energy, letting your face be the first indication of your zeal for a new career. Unfortunately, ageism exists – and a few relatively affordable injections might shave a few years off of your face and may actually be what seals the deal.

When it comes to interviews, first impressions count. Make yours unforgettable in a positive way.

About the Author

Mary Cunningham is a health and wellness writer and co-founder of the lifestyle site, Girl Around Town and travels regularly between New York, Austin and Houston. She loves speaking about the beauty we have inside and how to do the inner work to let that beauty radiate. Prior to leaving the corporate world to start her own company, Mary worked at the GRAMMYs in Los Angeles, before moving to Manhattan, where she joined Nokia's Digital Music Department.