Specs Wearers Command Respect Workplace
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Almost 70% of employers consider those wearing glasses as more employable than their job-hunting rivals, a workplace survey has revealed.
The Specsavers study of 100 employers and 100 employees revealed that:
- 68% of employers favour glasses wearers as they come across more intelligent and trustworthy and create a better first impression
- 96% of employers consider appearance above qualifications when interviewing for a position
- 34% of non-specs wearing job hunters would consider wearing glasses to an interview to enhance their chances of securing the job
Gill Robinson, director of professional development, at Specsavers says: 'This study is an eye-opener in today's cut-and-thrust world of employment where jobs are so thin on the ground.
'While qualifications are clearly important, appearance plays a crucial role in an employer's decision to appoint a candidate - you can be the best equipped person for the job but if you don't appear smart and crisp at the interview, you will be piped at the post.
'Wearing glasses could give people a head start but it's more important that job hunters are well dressed and confident in their approach. Glasses wearers should, however, consider their choice of glasses for an interview, as if they turn up in loud flamboyant frames for a role in a more subdued and professional environment it may not go down too well.
'Equally, if someone is applying for a role in a more creative sector, whacky frames could just seal the deal!'
Specsavers stock a wide range of frames with prices starting from £25 including single vision Pentax lenses with free scratch-resistant coating so even those on a budget can improve their employability.
Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers http://www.specsavers.co.uk/
Specsavers notes to editors
- Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
- The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their eldest son John is joint managing director
- Specsavers has more than 1,340 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Australia
- Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009
- The group plans to continue its successful international expansion by opening stores in New Zealand
- Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
- Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
- Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
- Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - nine and a half million glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2008
- Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
- Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
- Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Diabetes UK, for whom they have raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
- Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries