Beards in a professional setting

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by lachlanf, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. lachlanf

    lachlanf Member

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    Hey guys, first time post, so first off I guess, how's it going? [​IMG]

    My issue is that I've recently been offered Summer work at one of the big 4 auditing firms, which will no doubt lead into a graduate offer if I'm even marginally impressive. I've managed to land the job sporting my rather patchy (but well trimmed) beard, but I'm wondering how people feel a beard might affect me in the long term?

    I'm well aware of the adage that people don't trust men with beards, and since i'm going into a consulting role I wonder if my superiors might worry about this with regards to client interactions? I'd probably shave it very happily... but my girlfriend is not going to be so easy going about it haha

    I've noticed the newest zegna ads in Australia showing models (albeit in an apparently Indian locale) with some rather patchy and unimpressive beards (not unlike mine haha), and I'm wondering if you think they look suitably business like?

    http://ss.zegna.com/media/ez/catalogue/EZ_catalogue.pdf
    (specifically page 7 and 9)

    Attached are some pictures of me, sporting some business attire

    [​IMG](note the dirty fixy is not mine haha)

    [​IMG](with added bikes that are mine)

    [​IMG](artsy B+W shot taken before I got the barber to neaten me up, essentially uncontrolled growth)

    So guys, does the beard work for me, or can it with some work? And also, I believe I will grow my hair out (or shave it a fair bit shorter) for this job... any pro tips on what would suit me? I've always looked alright with a side part, but I'm thinking of something new....
     


  2. countcount

    countcount Senior member

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    Will you be doing auditing or consulting? What city?
     


  3. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    I'd say if you keep your beard trimmed and neat you'll be fine.

    Considering its much easier to shave it off if you get comments than to regrow it if you don't I'd say start with the beard and see how it goes.

    In my experience as an auditor, you are judged much more highly on the quality and accuracy of your work. As long as you are wearing conservative business attire, a beard shouldn't be an issue.
     


  4. lachlanf

    lachlanf Member

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    Will you be doing auditing or consulting? What city?

    IT consulting, in melbourne. It's probably not as strictly a professional role as auditing, but it's also more interpersonal and requires more 'selling.'
     


  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    IT consulting, in melbourne. It's probably not as strictly a professional role as auditing, but it's also more interpersonal and requires more 'selling.'
    Keep it neat and trimmed and you should be fine IMO.
     


  6. lachlanf

    lachlanf Member

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    on a more technical note, the sides of my beard, particularly the areas directly below my cheekbones, are a fair bit thinner and patchier than my chin (which is very thick)... My barbers solution to this when I got him to tidy me up was to do these bits longer, 3.5 vs 3 with the clippers... was this a good approach? It did make them look fuller, but also a fair bit more unruly. Would I be better to cut them significantly shorter?

    Also, I've been thinking of going shorter, what would you say is the shortest you can go while maintaining the look of a 'beard' rather than 'long stubble'? 2?
     


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    i think you'd look better without the beard, regardless of your job. also i love how the west coast shaving affilliate link hovers above as i view this thread
     


  8. Kris

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    What are you trying to hide behind that beard? Shave it off today.
     


  9. Mr. Caber

    Mr. Caber Senior member

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    Keep it. Beards rule.
     


  10. sbbbjm

    sbbbjm Senior member

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    keep it, but trim it, and shape it - in an attempt to make it a little more, neat and 'deliberate' VS scruffy and lackadaisical about grooming.

    i would shave the neck and make a nice square line on the jawline and chin, and then shape the upper cheek part.
     


  11. eqpablon

    eqpablon Senior member

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    I say keep it, if you are participating in one of those fishing reality shows like Swords on the Line. Come to think of it, the Gordons fisherman looks pretty dashing with his beard. Do you have a yellow poncho to wear?

    I keed, I keed :p
     


  12. Davidko19

    Davidko19 Senior member

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    id go conservative and shave that shit. You fighting for a job, you dont want any distractions.

    And forget what your girlfriend thinks, you wuss. Your probably gonna be feeding her and taking her out, so she should support you. OR just dump her and make your life easier.
     


  13. spertia

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    I've been working in corporate America for my entire career, and I can count on one hand the number of beards that I've seen (including colleagues, clients, etc.).
     


  14. JustinW

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    Keep it neat and well trimmed so it looks deliberate rather than the by-product of a lot of partying and wild times after work and you'll be fine.
     


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    keep it, but trim it, and shape it - in an attempt to make it a little more, neat and 'deliberate' VS scruffy and lackadaisical about grooming.

    i would shave the neck and make a nice square line on the jawline and chin, and then shape the upper cheek part.


    +1. OP looks pretty trustworthy though, if that helps.
     


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