Recruitment site only offers jobs to beautiful people
A recruitment site has been launched that only offers jobs to beautiful people.Companies who count complexion as one of their key competencies can log on to the "lookist" dating community BeautifulPeople.com and browse their handsome selection of attractive jobseekers.
The dating site has 750,000 good looking members on its books and is launching the employment agency as a spin-off.
It will allow employers to advertise their vacancies to the members and, should any of the good looking guys and girls be interested, they can apply for the job directly through the website.
Greg Hodge, Managing Director of BeautifulPeople.com, explained: "An honest employer will tell you that it pays to hire good looking staff.
"Attractive people tend to make a better first impression on clients, win more business and earn more.
"Most of our members are high earners and happily in employment.
"But for those who aren't, giving them access to potential employers is an added benefit to their membership, especially in these economic tough times.
"We have a dedicated team to validate each business which applies to our recruitment service so that every introduction is safe and legitimate," he said, adding: "This isn't an invitation for crack-pots to come and ogle our beautiful members."
Los Angeles-based real estate agency, Urban Homes Group, is one of the website's early adopters.
Their CEO, Dominic Pietrangelo, said: "Securing prospective realtors through BeautifulPeople makes sense; it's no secret that attractive agents have an advantage and more often than not are better received by clients, in a highly competitive market every advantage counts."
London bridal designer Sassi Holford, said she would consider hiring through the service.
"My requirements are so specific, I will consider any worthwhile avenue for recruitment," she explained.
"My staff are hired not simply because they are attractive, they have to be excellent performers.
"Brides want to look beautiful on their wedding day so the whole gown buying experience should build their confidence and make them feel they are entering a glamorous world – they need to put themselves in a mindset of beauty and well-presented consultants will add to this."
But beauty can be a double-edged sword for those on the lookout for work, as Sassi explained: "An absolutely stunning member of staff could have the opposite effect if the client has less self-confidence."
And it's not just image-conscious businesses who can use the service.
Working mother Olivia Kinnard intends to use BeautifulPeople.com to find a nanny.
She explained: "The truth is, my toddler, Kit, responds better to good looking people.
"And I'm sure I'm not the first parent to think they need a slim and fit nanny to be able to keep up with a busy child – it's just that many wouldn't dare to come out and say it!".
Employment experts warn that there are potential pitfalls in the plan – such as possible discrimination claims if looks were found to be a reason for an unsuccessful application.