Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I am a recent female graduate in my early 20s and have been temping while I try to find a permanent job in the City.

I'm not wishing to blow my own trumpet or anything, but it's been said that I am an attractive girl, as well as one who possesses the skills necessary for my chosen career of working in financial services. Yet I still can't get a job. I'm aware that I have a certain effect on men, so how wrong would it be for me to use my sex appeal to get me where I want? It's a tough world out there at the moment, so surely I need to use all my assets to get me where I want to be?

A: You're probably right to assume that the laddish City culture is still alive and well. Recent wails of anguish about the threats to City strip clubs suggest that you are. But you're probably wrong to assume that the shortest way to a permanent job in the City is through overt use of your sex appeal.

You probably see it as simple pragmatism; but were it to work (which I question: see later), just think through the consequences. Before your first day in your new job, you'd have made it wordlessly clear that you were entirely happy to be judged not on your professional competence but on your 'assets'. …

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