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Jin Taek Lee
As I grow older, I am beginning to feel good looks are a very important factor for success.

How Important are Good Looks?

Jin Taek Lee from Korea

From the time I was a child, I have been told that good looks are not important, that the important thing is inner beauty. But as I grow older, I am beginning to feel good looks are a very important factor for success.

For a few years, the Korean economy has been decreasing sharply. Many companies have closed, and many people have been fired. Big companies are not hiring new employees. In this serious situation, few young people can find jobs.

Maybe most people think they can get jobs because they are very smart or have special skills, but according to an article that was published in Korean newspapers, the common point for newly-hired employees is that they are good-looking. Since that article was published, cosmetic surgery has come to be a hit among graduating seniors in Korea.

Why do the big companies choose the good-looking man? When they were asked this question, one official at a large, well-known company said most people tended to relate the company's image to the employee's image, so to give a good image of their company, they had to choose a good-looking person.

I think this shows how important good looks are nowadays. If people are not good-looking, they don't find jobs as easily. If they don't find jobs, they can't marry, have a house, or have a car. So, in my opinion, good looks are very important in modern life.


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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder | Communicating about Beauty

Stories about beauty: International Folktales about Beauty

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