To Bob Or Not to Bob… That is the Question…
So I am currently exploring the job market. Ideally, I’m looking for a manager or executive position in a media or communications company. I have over 13 years experience in the Asia, the UK and now the US, In fact, I went to grad school for exactly this reason… to be able to move up the ladder a bit more efficiently and to become a better leader. However, the other day, as I was binge watching Season 3 of House of Cards on Netflix, a thought stuck me… should I cut my hair and wear it short if I want to be taken seriously as a leader?
I’ve never seriously considered changing my looks get to get a job or get ahead at my job before. I was always confident, despite what all those career help articles say, that my experience, skills and abilities will speak louder than the way I wear my hair. But that was before I hit 30 and wanted to go after important management positions.
So I Googled the hairstyles of women leaders… be they in politics or business or media etc and guess what?! They all have short hair!
I haven’t had short hair since I was 17. Mainly because, as strange as it sounds, for me long hair is a lot less maintainence. I mean, I just cut bangs and I’m already finding the need to visit the hairdressers every month or so for a trim to keep it out of my eyes tedious. But now, because I’ve had long hair for such a long time, it’s part of my identity. I’m not sure I’ll even feel confident enough to lead if i hacked it all off! But I also worry that I don’t seem professional enough to serious enough with long hair halfway down my back, even if I did put it up in an updo… but lets face it, there will still be days when I leave it loose as I hardly wear my hair up now anyway!
So that brings us back to the question…. to bob or not to bob? What should I do?