What do employers usually think about bald employees? I'm thinking about shaving my head because I have recently been converted to Buddhism, but if it will significantly hurt my chances at getting a job, it may not be worth it.
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I think that most employers these days regard being well groomed in whatever style you choose to wear your hair as more important than the style itself, so for someone who was going bald anyway, a properly shaven head may actually be the better choice anyway.
If you're otherwise well presented and behave in a professional manner then I seriously doubt that the majority of employers would even notice a shaven head as anything worth commenting on.
If anyone does ask then explain its connected to your personal faith and beliefs. I think that most employers would certainly stop objecting at this point and I'm assuming that if they didn't accept this then you wouldn't want to work for them anyway.
A recent study, "Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance", by Albert Mannes, PhD., has shown, that bald men are perceived as more dominant and assertive at first impression, but also as less attractive. Whether or not this will improve or reduce your chance of getting a job depends on what kind of person the company is looking for.
In Study 1, men with shaved heads were rated as more dominant than similar men with full heads of hair. In Study 2, men whose hair was digitally removed were perceived as more dominant, taller, and stronger than their authentic selves. Study 3 extends these results with nonphotographic stimuli and demonstrates how men experiencing natural hair loss may improve their interpersonal standing by shaving.
But remember that a good interviewer will not pay attention to your look but only to your competence and personality (unless it is a representative job). In short, this shouldn't hurt your chances.
It rather depends on where you will be working.
If you're going for a job in a call centre, I doubt they'll care if you have tattoos all over your face and only wear hot-pants. If, however, you're going to be interacting with customers, it may make a difference.
In most civilised countries, it is illegal to discriminate against a person due to their professed or apparent faith. Nor should they discriminate due to perceived medical conditions (they may think your baldness a result of, say, cancer treatment).
Before interviewing for a role, try to visit the office and see how people dress and, just as importantly, see how their clients dress. Most professional roles won't care about your hair-style, but may be reluctant to put you in front of customers.