It's not just Hollywood stars who think that a little cosmetic surgery will provide a career boost. More and more professionals--not just those in the entertainment industry--are seeking surgical help for sagging careers.
And some plastic surgeons are jumping on the bandwagon, capitalizing on the fears of stressed-out job seekers and trapped employees looking for career enhancement. Take Manhattan's Dr. Stephen Greenberg, who offers a secret weapon known as a "Job Fighter Package." He claims that this cosmetic-surgery package allows women and men in their late forties to compete with employees twenty years younger.
And plastic surgery is on the rise. Check out these eye-opening stats on the career advantages of attractiveness and the increase of cosmetic surgery among professionals. We've also included practical tips for how to enhance your career without surgery:
1. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 2009 about two-thirds of its members reported treating men and women who sought cosmetic surgery because they wanted to stay competitive in the workforce.
Non-surgical tip: Stay competitive by becoming a "go-to" person in your organization. Hone your expertise in a specific area to make yourself an integral part of the company. For example, focus on becoming your organization's expert in email-marketing best practices or Microsoft Excel. Consider taking classes to update your knowledge and increase your expertise.
2. Research shows that better-looking professionals earn salaries that are ten percent higher than their less-attractive coworkers.
Non-surgical tip: There's a simple way to increase your salary without going under the knife: ask! Many people have anxiety around salary negotiation. But according to a recent survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, 80 percent of HR professionals say salaries are indeed negotiable. If you're prepared with reasons you deserve a raise and data to support your request, you stand a better chance of getting the compensation you want and deserve.
3. In a study of working women aged 18 to 64, 3 percent (nearly 3.5 million) admit to going under the knife to increase their value at work.
Non-surgical tip: Increase your value at work by being proactive and looking for ways to make a direct impact on the organization. Develop ways to generate more profit, save money, increase efficiency, and so on. No matter what job you have, there is a way to think more broadly about how your work can positively impact the bottom line.
4. The top five cosmetic surgeries in 2009 for men were, in order of popularity, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reduction, and hair transplantation. For women, the top five were breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and tummy tuck.
Dr. Greenberg's "Job Fighter Package" supports these stats: Dr. Greenberg posits that if you're looking for a job as an executive administrative assistant, you should consider the most popular surgery, breast augmentation (plus a butt lift!), to ensure that you won't be forgotten after the interview.
Non-surgical tip: Asking good questions during an interview is probably a better--and it's definitely a cheaper--way to make a good impression. Thoughtful questions show you researched the company beforehand, have been paying attention to the interviewer, and are genuinely interested in the job.
5. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10 million procedures, surgical and nonsurgical, were performed in the U.S. in 2009.
Non-surgical tip: In any job (or job search), an ability to stand out from the competition is going to help you get ahead. Like it or not, physical appearance matters. The good news is that HR professionals and recruiters universally stress the importance of things we can all do, without surgery, to make a great impression in a job interview: good grooming, professional and appropriate attire, friendly eye contact, and a confident smile are all key.