'Employers are focusing on beauty instead of brains'
It appears there has been a drastic change in the recruitment of job candidates.
The process used to be simple and fair - the candidate with the right qualifications and experience would get the job. These days, however, the process has become a lot more complex. Employers have become extremely demanding and the astonishing fact now is that looks and appearance are considered to be just as important as the credentials of a candidate.
Employers seek to hire good-looking and well-groomed candidates regardless of their qualifications and experience. Materialistic issues such as looks, facial features and physical appearance have become a determining factor in deciding whether or not a candidate fits the bill.
Most job advertisements in newspapers across the UAE require candidates to send out his/her photograph along with a detailed resume. I fail to understand why are employers so concerned about the way employees look. I thought education and professional experience were what counts in the corporate world but it seems preference is given to pretty-faced candidates.
I would like to request potential employers to kindly hire individuals who possess the right experience and educational background. Good looks do not last forever, knowledge and ability do. Therefore, capable and dedicated employees with the right qualification can prove an asset in the long-run as opposed to candidates who merely focus on their looks and appearance and nothing else.
Fatima Suhail, Sharjah