2008 March 17


Current research suggests that ‘The Facebook Generation’ has developed new skills, which include the instant pigeonholing of people, at first glance, from the clothes that they wear.  This means that when you attend an interview or meet somebody in a work situation, those who are under thirty make a split-second assessment of your status, work role and education based entirely on your appearance and clothing, while those over forty will tend to wait until they have heard you speak and shaken your hand before deciding what they think of you. In other words, first appearances count for more than ever before. Interestingly, men are much easier to categorise than women, because they have a narrower choice of clothing to wear in work situations – while a woman can choose between dresses, skirts and trousers, a man (unless he’s a Scot in a kilt) is much more limited in his attire. Pet hates, as expressed by ‘Facebook Generation’ managers and personnel executives include: 

  • Cartoon characters on clothing (Many cited Homer Simpson as a particular peeve, as he epitomises a lazy, work-shy attitude inappropriate in the workplace)

  • Unironed or crumpled clothing

  • Greasy hair

  • Any jewellery on men, jewellery that rattles on women

  • Shorts.

On the other hand, neutral well-presented clothing immediately gave the impression of competence and reliability, as did freshly-washed hair and good shoes. Uniform courtesy of globaljet

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