“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.”
Read Tobak’s full article at MoneyWatch and consider how the MicroTouch Max could help you on your path towards vocational success!
The act of shaving in men has a long history in the human race. Both archaeological evacuations and art from ancient Egypt demonstrates that many Egyptians practiced shaving religiously…. literally for religious reasons. They believe a clean shaven man was symbolizing their gods.
After metallurgy was been refined in European civilizations, the creation of knives and scissors quickly followed and soon some European men also began to shave (or trim) their facial hair.
The fascination of a clean face among American men began during WWI. This shaving trend began for at least two key reasons. First, gas masks protected WWI soldiers from chemical agents deployed as a weapon and proper shaving help to assure the gas masks would fit properly. Second, the Gillette company introduced the “safety razor” making it possible – and inexpensive – for men to shave regularly.
When WWI soldiers returned home these heroes were seen and depicted as men with a clean-shaven face. Soon shaved faces or trimmed facial hair became the rage. Various facial hair trends have occurred in America since that time but clean shaven men or men who regularly trim their hair remains the standard.
Today men have a variety of options to trim or shave their facial hair. Consider the MicroTouch Max and its’ ability to trim with micro precision.