I was speaking at an event in Dallas several years ago when I met a very proper, very elegant older gentleman of the English persuasion who—I swear! I am NOT making this up—had trained/who brushed (I don’t even know how to describe this!) his rather robust nose hair downward and blended it into his very elegant salt-and-pepper mustache. You know how you are not supposed to stare, like, ever. Well, I did. I mean up at eyes; down at nostrils; up at eyes, down at nostrils. It was truly remarkable! His attire was impeccable. His shoes spotless. His mustache well, it too, was elegant but it kinda started in his nose…
Now what the heck has this got to do with job search? Well, the Hiring Season is upon us and, for those job seekers who may be 50+ (I Love You Guys. Don’t forget that.) you need to be realistic no matter how much you may not like what follows. And this is only because nobody else has the, um, nerve…yeah, that’s it…the nerve to tell you this.
Well, guys, um, men: Trim your ear and nose hair if you want to look—oh, you know…um, groomed?! There, I said it. I mean, you shave, brush your teeth, comb your hair. Why do you think it’s OK to neglect your nose and ears?! Plan on impressing them with your experience and knowledge. Just remember that prior to that a little detailedadvance grooming won’t hurt your chances a bit.
(Aw, geez. I’m gonna catch hell for this!) Ladies, I’m not letting you off the hook here: Color your hair. I know that my saying this is inappropriate but, dammit, if you are in job search, first land the job. Next, prove your impeccable skills, experience and knowledge to the point that they can’t live without you and then let your hair return to whatever color you want. In my view, silver and gray is cool. Of course, I’m on that side of this discussion (see ‘official’ LinkedIn image). I know many women who have colored their hair just to land the job and it worked. Enough about that.
Men, even if you are thinking about it, DON’T color your hair. You don’t know how to do it. I know some older gentlemen who think they look ‘amazing’ with shoe leather-black hair. Who the heck do you think you are fooling with all that paint?! Even as a child your hair could not have been that color! For some reason men who color their hair manage to end up with a shade that does not even exist in nature. The only two men I know who can get away with dying their hair are Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger—and that’s because they can afford to have it done exquisitely and, here’s the key, daily!
LADIES & MEN
BTW, this piece assumes that you know that the suit/outfit has to be current and fit properly, right? I didn’t have to even mention that, did I?