10 appearance factors that may prevent you from getting promoted

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They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but all too often, people do.

In a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, employers reveal the top aspects of a person's physical appearance that would make him or her less likely to get promoted. 44 percent of employers said they would be less inclined to promote someone who wore provocative attire, making it number one on the list. In a close second was wrinkled clothes and shabby appearance, coming in at 43 percent.

These eight faux pas also made the list:

  • Piercings other than traditional ear piercings: 32 percent
  • Attire that is too casual for work: 27 percent
  • Visible tattoos: 27 percent
  • An unprofessional or flashy haircut: 25 percent
  • Unprofessional or ostentatious facial hair: 24 percent
  • Bad breath: 23 percent
  • Heavy perfume or cologne: 21 percent
  • Too much makeup 15 percent

In the press release, which you can read here, CareerBuilder also listed some behavioral factors that could be holding you back. (Hint: You should show up on time with a smile on your face.)

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