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I am a Director level HR professional. I recently added some blue highlights to my dark brown hair. My husband thinks this will hinder me from getting a new job but I disagree. What are your thoughts? | Fairygodboss
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VP in HR here. What a pretty color on you! To answer your question, so much depends on the overall culture of where you are interviewing. I work in a very progressive company, and this would not bother me for the majority of the roles on our team in comp, recruiting, tech, etc. However, it might give me pause if you were interviewing for an HRBP role, especially depending on the client area. What kind of role are you hoping to land?
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Amber N
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Interesting perspective. Why would you give pause in an HRBP role? My new position is an HRBP. However, my passions are in process improvement, project management, and employee engagement/culture.
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Anonymous
Love the color! I truly think it depends on the clients you are supporting as well as how progressive they are. While your company may be quite progressive, some clients might not be.
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Amber N
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Thank you all so much for the feedback! I am definitely not wanting to join a more conservative company as those cultures aren't a great fit for me. My current boss loves it as well but due to a recent transaction, I will be leaving her to work in a different role. I am pursuing other options. I just spoke with the recruiter who I am working with on a possible new position (with a tech company) and he assured me that it wouldn't be an issue. I honestly didn't think it would be given today's climate and more relaxed dress codes but figured I'd poll the professionals! Thanks for all of the compliments!
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Mandy Kiernan
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I think you look beautiful. Thanks for posting this; I have struggled with wanting to try different hair colors, re-pierce my nose (I had it pierced in high school/college and entry-level) and show my 1 tattoo (ankle). I think as HR management you have a great opportunity to show people that the color of your hair does not effect your job performance, and it may be very welcoming for employees to see that you are showing up as yourself every day and the can too.
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Marissa Macayan
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Project Manager | Employee Engagement
Looks great! I live in San Francisco where workplace dress codes run the spectrum. I'm all for showing up as my full self to work. The new 'do might make you more of a culture add to your next team.
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Natalia
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I love it! And I don't think it will hinder you from getting a new job. As someone who has grown up in corporate America for the last 9 years I've seen how it has changed; more people showing their tattoos, or coloring their hair green, blue. In my case, I started to put my Natalia touch when it came to my wardrobe incorporating my vibrant, colorful style into it. Last year, at the National Sales Meeting I received a lot of compliments. Keep doing you!
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Jill Sweiven
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Should it deter from your qualifications? No. Will it? Perhaps. If you're seeking opportunities that are with conservative organizations, the outward fashion statement may be an unconscious (or even conscious) bias. If your career aspirations are with organizations that embrace creativity and individualism, then this is a perfect outward statement. First impressions do matter and it's important to do your due diligence and know how to present yourself. I think it looks fabulous!
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Carrie Baize
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Multi-hatted desk jockey & entrepreneur
First: it looks wonderful. Second: it may impact your chances at some places but, like tattoos and piercings, there seems to be a growing acceptance for "non-natural haircolor" in the office.
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Kelli
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This is gorgeous! If it stops someone from hiring you, it probably isn't the right spot for you anyway. My guess is it will become a great conversation-starter!
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