Beards Making Comeback at Work

beardBeards, which some call man's make-up, won't necessarily get you knocked out of the box for a job or a promotion. In fact, it can give you an edge, at least in some fields like advertising.

In the New York Post, Brian Moore says that beards are making a comeback in the workplace. One big reason why is that while unemployed, youths experimented with facial hair. That Joaquin Phoenix look caught on with those with jobs, including on influential Wall Street.

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Another reason is that facial hair sends a low-key message of rebellion. That could be a perfect fit in creative professions and for leaders implementing change.

However, the beard might prove an irritant to some employers. Ordinarily, the law won't protect you on that one. The exception is if the beard is protected on religious grounds or is associated with a disability.

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Jane Genova

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Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan.  After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject.  Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.  Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging.  In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School.  She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.

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