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#1 Edited by mybeard (2 posts) -

I'm cool with working but I don't want to sacrifice my beard. I've been told you're more likley to get hired when you are clean shaven. Is this true, & has anyone here had an experience with this?

#2 Posted by GlenTennis (3145 posts) -

I love this thread.

Also how long does it take for you to grow one? Shave then grow it back over the course of the job and they won't mind.

#3 Posted by CptChiken (1987 posts) -

Looking neat in interviews has always helped me. 
Though if its a kickass beard rather than a shaggy mess then im sure they wont mind

#4 Posted by mybeard (2 posts) -

Yea I guess I can shave it now & grow it later after I'm hired. It grows every day, & looks full after a week.

#5 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4973 posts) -

I want to see that beard of yours.

#6 Posted by DrPockets000 (2859 posts) -

Definitely shave. Being clean shaven will immediately send a positive message. At the very least, make your beard look nice. If you wander into the interview looking like a scraggly bastard, that is the first and most prominent image the manager will get. But if you shave it makes you look neat and sends a positive message. Trust me, I'm going to be a doctor.

#7 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

As a currently unemployed and bearded fool myself, I can say it sure helps not to have one. But I completely sympathize.

#8 Posted by jaymorgoth (242 posts) -

I've gone to several interviews with a well kept beard. Usually most jobs that don't want you to have one will ask you if you are okay shaving it. It's just about presentation.

#9 Posted by Merricks (27 posts) -

Man. You won't change social attitudes towards beards with that kind of attitude. You've got to get out there and bring awareness to the struggle bearded men have finding employment. You've got to beat the odds and land a job and do it bearded.

Only then will they make a documentary about you.

#10 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -

nah, of course keep it. Oh, you're not applying to be a lumberjack?

#11 Posted by JasonR86 (9707 posts) -

@mybeard:

Shave and ask you're employer, after you get hired, is it ok to have a beard at this job. Plus, another great way to gauge what is acceptable is to look at other employees and see if they have beards. The biggest determinant for determining if you get hired is what you bring to the company, not necessarily how you look (though looking dirty or unclean won't help so, if you have to keep the beard, trim it).

Finally, dude, it'll grow back. And it's a beard, it'll grow back fast. This isn't a life or death decision. Just shave, you'll survive.

#12 Posted by Swoxx (3000 posts) -

This is a great thread.

I concur, shave.

#13 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

Don't shave, but bring a sword. Intimidation works great during potential work opportunities.

#14 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

This beard racism needs to stop! Employer bigots!

#15 Posted by huntad (1940 posts) -

I hate shaving my beard, but if I was specifically asked to do so for a job opportunity then I'd do it. It'll grow back.

#16 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -
@AhmadMetallic said:
This beard racism needs to stop! Employer bigots!
racism generally means separating by a race. So hairism?
#17 Posted by Damolition (119 posts) -

Apply to a bookstore, worked for me.

#18 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4677 posts) -

Shave, you hippie!

#19 Posted by MiniPato (2741 posts) -

Some people are willing to sacrifice more to land a job. Shave the beard.

#20 Posted by Hypertreb (104 posts) -

You have to ask yourself where your priorities are... Beard or Job?

#21 Posted by K9 (621 posts) -

People like those who look physically similar to them. If your interviewer has a beard, then you having a beard will help you. But if she/he doesn't, then it won't.

When you hand over your resume to your interviewer put it in some kind of binder so that your resume is physically heavier compared to other resumes. People unconsciously perceive those with heavier resumes as having more impressive credentials.

Try to mimic posture of your interviewer. It will help.

Good luck.

#22 Posted by TomA (2531 posts) -

@Merricks said:

Man. You won't change social attitudes towards beards with that kind of attitude. You've got to get out there and bring awareness to the struggle bearded men have finding employment. You've got to beat the odds and land a job and do it bearded. Only then will they make a documentary about you.

Exactly

#23 Posted by Duncs (43 posts) -

I'd probably shave for the interview, and then if/when you get the job, find out if you can have a beard. If you can't bring yourself to do that, then make sure your beard looks neat - trim it to a constant length, and shave around the neckline so that it's neat and well-defined. Brush it with a comb so that it's not messy.

You need to look presentable - which doesn't necessarily mean clean-shaven. But if you go in with a beard, make absolutely sure it's well-groomed.

What I did was get a haircut (I had shoulder-length hair at Uni) and go clean-shaven, then once I got in I grew a beard on holiday and came back with it. If it had been a problem, I would have shaved it, but it wasn't.

#24 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@StaticFalconar said:
@AhmadMetallic said:
This beard racism needs to stop! Employer bigots!
racism generally means separating by a race. So hairism?
Hairism be damned! Don't fucking correct me, Chrome, that's a real word! You must be hairist.
#25 Posted by Mars_Cleric (1594 posts) -

don't be a scrub duder.

if ya look like a yobo they'll think you're a bogan, might as well throw on a wife beater and thongs and crack a case of VB for all they could care.

#26 Posted by Vodun (2370 posts) -

What kind of a weird ass fucking place do you have to work at for a beard to be a problem? I can understand the whole general "don't look like a hobo on an interview" thing, but just having a beard isn't a problem.

If you think you look good with a beard, wear that mother fucker like a boss!

#28 Posted by Merricks (27 posts) -

IGNORE THESE CHARLATANS. DO NOT SHAVE.

#29 Posted by emem (1968 posts) -

Haha, fantastic title.

Well, since not having a beard can't possibly harm you and having one could potentially get in the way of getting the job you want... is it really a hard decision to make?

#30 Posted by GloriousDinosaur (434 posts) -

If I was the person conducting the interview which I have done a few times, I would instantly be on my guard against hiring you

#31 Posted by PenguinDust (12517 posts) -

Seek employment as a lumberjack.

#32 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

It doesn't look professional.

That sucks, but it is true. I've hired for several frontline, customer service positions where personal appearance is paramount, and rampant beardage is a strike in that situation.

#33 Edited by BlinkyTM (1054 posts) -

Just bring a shaver with you. If he asks you to shave you should shave it in front of him to show how dedicated you are!

#34 Posted by Dagbiker (6976 posts) -

Jobs that dont require shaving
-begger
-wizard
-santa clause

#35 Edited by MindChamber (345 posts) -

Wear a beard-net when you're making my burgers please

#36 Posted by RobertOrri (1131 posts) -

We require beard diagrams.

#37 Posted by ShaggE (6454 posts) -

You walk in, and you say "Beard. Problem?"

If they say no, you're all good. If they say yes, you look them in the eye with such manly ferocity that they instantly sprout a beard themselves.

#38 Posted by Witzig (327 posts) -

@Dagbiker said:

Jobs that dont require shaving
-begger
-wizard
-santa clause

Finally someone posted this.

#39 Posted by jetsetwillie (857 posts) -

as long as your beard is well kept and obviously a beard then it wouldn't stop you getting a job. i work in a professional office environment and we hire people with beards.

its the 'i couldn't be arsed to shave for a few days' look that would put a potential employer off. it would suggest a lazy, unprofessional person and first impressions count as much as anything.

that being said personally i think all beards are ridiculous and make people look like they have something to hide. the only beard i would be impressed by would be a beard of bee's.

#40 Posted by Dookysharpgun (586 posts) -

....trim it? Don't shave, just trim. It'll look tidy, and it'll implant a subtle idea in the interviewer's mind that you're willing to compromise. If they still act like pricks after that, well then, fuck 'em. Preconceptions need to stop anyway, where I'm from, the only people who can't grow beards are the very guys you wouldn't want to hire, as they'd steal anything that wasn't nailed down.

Failing that, Dumbledore it, I'm talking having to tuck it into your belt!

#41 Posted by laserbolts (5322 posts) -

Just shave dude you can always grow it back no big deal.

#42 Posted by r0k1ll (380 posts) -

God. You have such a terrible life. I really hope I never have to make that decision.

#43 Posted by Buscemi (1106 posts) -
 Don't go down there looking like good ol' Pecknold, you'll just be mistaken for some kind of Fleet Fox.
#44 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@sofacitysweetheart said:

Don't shave, but bring a sword. Intimidation works great during potential work opportunities.

Right here. The bigger the beard, the more imposing and powerful you look in interviews. It's also probably a good idea to subtly hint that you can kill the interviewer without even trying.

Another good tactic is to refuse to sit down for the interview because that makes you look feeble and to take off your shirt so the company you're interviewing for knows you mean business.

#45 Posted by Adamsons (877 posts) -

Shave for the interview, grow it back after you get the job to spite them.
 
Yap.

#46 Posted by Marz (5653 posts) -

Here's what you do, you go in with your beard and interview... if they dont' hire you.... shave it and go back and act like a new person..... get job.... grow beard back.... and dudes will be like.... oh it's that dude with the beard that we didn't hire.

#47 Posted by artofwar420 (6289 posts) -

Well, shave>get job>grow beard

#48 Posted by EvilKatarn (465 posts) -

@Mars_Cleric said:

don't be a scrub duder.

if ya look like a yobo they'll think you're a bogan.

That stuff is so much fun to say with an irish accent.

#49 Posted by Vexxan (4620 posts) -

If you care more about your beard than a job then it's really about time you got a job.

#50 Posted by Commisar123 (1792 posts) -

I've gotten two jobs so far with a beard so I think its fine