‘If people can smell you before they see you, you aren’t getting the job’

Posted by on Jul 07, 2014 at 11:06 am

Way to go, millenials. Now put down the phone and shower up.

Millennials may not be getting jobs because they value their smart phone more than they value things like personal hygiene and body odor.

In data released on Monday by the Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility report, 1,000 adults were interviewed about how they value objects in their everyday lives.

Only 87 per cent said that deodorant was important to them compared to 93 per cent who said that a smartphone was important.

91 per cent said that toothbrushes were important.

Older adults cited deodorant and smartphones as equal in their everyday lives with the toothbrush ranking the highest importance at 95 per cent.

NBC interviewed Susan RoaAne, the author of How to Work a Room, a book that gives workforce hopefuls advice on how to land a job.

‘If people can smell you before they see you, you aren’t getting the job,’ said RoAne.

Employees who let their personal hygiene slip after getting hired are also less likely to get promoted or get hired in a position that requires face to face contact with clients or CEOS.

To make things even more difficult for recent graduates, unemployment in the workforce is high.

They can blame Obama for that. He also stinks.

4 Responses to “‘If people can smell you before they see you, you aren’t getting the job’”

  1. BK on 8/08/14 at 10:07 am

    I think this study is misleading. Deodorant is such a matter of course in most people’s lives that it’s trivial. If I run out of deodorant, I’m at most about ten minutes from replenishing my supply. If I lose my smartphone or my service is interrupted, it’s a much more expensive and time-consuming proposition. The phone also allows me to reach the police and/or loved ones in an emergency situation so it has more utility than deodorant.

    I just think it’s a false dichotomy. I’m not going to leave the house without wearing deodorant, but I’m also not going to think about putting it on. I just do it automatically. Most people, even millenials, do the same.

  2. red sweater on 8/08/14 at 10:49 am

    I agree with BK. I don’t think the quite small differences in this study show an aversion to hygiene, but rather the obvious fact that toothbrushes and deodorant are much more easily replaced than a smartphone.

  3. mtwzzyzx on 8/08/14 at 11:06 pm

    This is a stupid study. I’m one of the ten percent or so of people who don’t need deodorant because we don’t have BO. For some reason we don’t support the microbes on the skin that produce the odor. So, you’d expect around 10 percent of people to think deodorant wasn’t important.

    now, toothbrushes- yeah, that is important