“If you look at pictures of Fortune 500 CEOs, you might be in for a surprise” says MoneyWatch’s Steve Tobak. “Very few have facial hair. In fact, hardly any do. The same is true of American political leaders.”
In this article that explores shaving and employment, Tobak goes on to review some of the statistics on the matter.
…anywhere from 80 to 90 percent of adult males are clean-shaven, while the percentage of senior executives without facial hair appears to be significantly higher. So, while this analysis isn’t exactly scientific, there does seem to be a correlation between climbing the ladder of success and facial hair…
“Several studies I came across actually did conclude a positive bias toward clean-shaven men in business hiring decisions,” Tobak reports.
While Tobak does note the exceptions to this rule (think Apple CEO Steve Jobs), he also concludes by advising his male readers to strongly consider the “perception” facial hair can create in present or future employers. “Whether the bias is real or not” he says “if you’re hot on the trail of a job or a promotion and want to play it safe, I’d go ahead and shave if I were you.”