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January 26th, 2009
09:34 PM ET

Job Hunt Haircuts

Would you cut your hair to help land a job?

I can't remember whether I got a haircut for my very first job interview back in high school, but I do recall wearing a pair of khakis, button-down shirt and tie. Within a week or two, I was proudly earning my first paycheck. And then, like now, I spoke to hundreds of people in a single shift - only my talking in that job was usually limited to one question: "Paper or plastic?"

You've probably been told that when you go for a job interview, you want to look your best. So in an increasingly competitive market, how far would you go to clean up? Would you change your style, your hair, your attitude, or nothing at all?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Jahyung

    I don't think we should cut our hair, wear supereme suits or do anything that changes our normal selves. If I was about to to an interview to get a job, i will just go there and show my real self and if satisfied with my real self then I will be happy to just be myself and go to work.

    January 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  2. Michelle

    Nothing at all.
    Well, I don't think really, we don't need to change our things,
    ya know

    January 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Felicia

    I wouldn't cut my hair, because it's long and pretty, but I would definiatly dress in something professional to impress my boss. If it gets really hard to get a job, I'd rather look professional than be without a job.

    January 26, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  4. timmy

    why would i want to change myself? That would make me a different person.... Employers shouldn't be too picky around people. As long as the person is skillfull and brushed their teeth, should be fine.

    January 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Colin

    I think we should cut our hair for a job interview. Many bosses are old(ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES YOUNG)and many are conservative. If people who belives McCain should be president sees a young man pierced or a woman wearing hot pants would they select them as their new employee? I think it's the same way with hairs.(and personally, I hate punk styles)

    January 27, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  6. JAKE

    I WOULD NEVER CUT MY HEAR FOR A JOB...............MAYBE IF IT GAVE ME ALOT OF MONEY FOR IT

    January 27, 2009 at 1:41 am |
  7. Caswell

    now a days you kinda not have to be your self because if you do you probly will not get the job because when they would see if you had like pink hair the wont take you searously they will just think that you are not good for the job.

    January 27, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  8. Jimothy

    If I had long hair hair I wouldn't mind because I hate long hair. Also if I could be the beneficiary of a job just for a haircut why not?

    January 27, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  9. Chloe

    Well, personally I wouldn't cut my flawless mane for a job. But I am a kid and I'm not really sure how competitive jobs are, especially the colledge educated ones, but if the recession was really affecting me I might.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  10. Jon

    I would not cut my hair to help land a job, because I like my hair. My hair is mostly hanging over my face, and many don`t care for it, but i don`t care about what others say, or think. I would rather be judged on my experience, and education.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  11. Mike

    Yes, I would rather cut my hair than have to cut my grocery bill or heat.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  12. Ririth

    I WOULD NOT cut my hair to help my job

    January 27, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  13. Tyler

    I think that people should do what ever it takes to get that job.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  14. alissa

    i would cut my hair to get a job because that might mean the more jobs that you might get.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  15. jessica[*

    i dont think we should have to cut our hair to fit in, or get a job. they shouldn't point figures, when they dont know their facts. i find that disrespectful, and that shows they have no respect. i think we all should be excepted no matter what we all look like..

    January 27, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  16. BARTHOLOMEW

    no way my hairs perfecct the way it is

    January 27, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  17. Shawn

    i would like to cut hair for a job it would be fun

    January 27, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  18. BARTHOLOMEW

    I'd wear a Tux because i always wear a tux to ANY interview no matter the job

    January 27, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  19. Jordan

    I would dress up and do my hair for an interview but I don't think that I would change my attitude. I don't understand why any one would have to. I would try to look my best though for a interview.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  20. Krista

    this is a really cool idea i would do it just to make a difference. It is possible it could help people find a job.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  21. Mitch

    I don't think we should cut our hair just to get a job for minimal wage. If people wanted that bad than yeah that their decision. I'm trying to figure out why do they want your hair?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  22. Ryan

    I would dress better.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  23. Taylor

    If I needed a job bad enough, the yes I would get my hair cut. I think that the first apperance is the most important. If you expect to get the job then you need to play the part!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  24. Seth

    I think your hair expresses you and I would look for a job that fits me and my hair.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  25. Hannah

    Yes I would because if there isn't anyone else barrly doing it then they might just give you a job for free. That would be cool getting a job for free.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  26. ali

    I would change my hair so they know that I have had experence with hair... No I would not change my style and the way I act.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  27. summer

    Changing my style? Yeah i probably would change my style.The only thing is what if i dont know what my style is?Well i think changing is kinda a dumb thing . But yeah i would!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  28. Michael

    If I needed a job that bad than yea im go a head and get a shape up and dress real nice

    January 27, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  29. Katie

    I would cut my hair if it means getting a job. It's hard to find job a job even with a good haircut so I would definently make my hair look more professional if it means getting a job.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  30. Katey

    It probably would be a good idea to cut your hair. If you go into a court and have a mohawk, they aren't gonna like you. Besides, you could always grow your hair back when you get the job!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  31. Olivia

    Well, honestly I don't think that I would have to. I would dress up but I wouldn't have to change my hair or my style or anything.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  32. Alayna

    Well for girls the hair isn't a very big issue unless it is really destracting. If the job is important enough then i would defiantly cut my hair. If I had a really bad dye job and I had to go to an interview then i would change the color of it there to.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  33. Sydney

    I dont think I would cut my hair just for a job. I think that if you were going to go to a job interview you should just be yourself because then the people hiring you will really know what your like and then you wouldn't have to pretend to be something your not.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  34. LaQundra

    Yes i will cut my hair if the job paying good money and its a decent job but if its just a McDaonald job than no because that not a job thats going to help me in life.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  35. Geordan

    If I needed a job I would go and get a hair cut. It would get me more money and so that would be good in the economy right now. It would be hard to get rid of my hair but if I neeed money I would do It.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  36. Wyatt

    If i really needed a job then maybe but probably not because i look weird with short hair and I don't think anyone would hire me

    January 27, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  37. Jacob

    I would cut my hair to get a job. It's like, if its for money, I'll go for it!! The more recommendation the better!

    January 27, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  38. Chris

    Yes I would do just about anything to get a job these days. With the economy the way that it is now it is like you don't even have to think about it. I wouldn't just cut my hair or have a new hairstyle I would probably do anything just to get a job that I want.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  39. Alexa

    I think that it depends, I think that I would if I had like pink hair or colored hair and it was really messy and all over the place, I would. But if my hair was like high lighted, I don't think I would, but thats my opinion.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  40. mariah

    i voted no because if i did then i would have short hair and yes i think that it would be good for what i would be helping but i wouldn't do it.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  41. Hannah

    Yes I would do that to my hair if I really needed a job. I would be really cool with that. Well Plus I am a girl and girls love to get their hair cut

    January 27, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  42. McKenzie

    I would never cut my hair just because I would pretend to be someone that I am not. We should be able to be ourselves and have the right to be who we want to be. If there are people who base jobs on haircuts then they have a serious problem.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  43. Veronica

    I wouldn't cut my hair to land a job. I don't really think that appearances have a lot to do with getting a job. That's why they sit you down and INTERVIEW you. I think that anyone who changes for a job is not standing up for their right to be different!

    January 27, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  44. Allison

    If I needed to cut my hair to get a job or just dress nicer, you would see me do just that. Getting a job is very important and even though I am proud of who I am and wouldn't change for anybody, I would change just for myself to get a job. The only thing I wouldn't do is shave my head bald or wear something extremely rediculous everyday. If it came ot that, I would just find a different job.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  45. Catherine

    I don't think we should have to cut our hair to fit in, or get a job. They shouldn’t point figures, when they don't know their facts. I find that disrespectful, and that shows they have no respect. I think we all should be excepted no matter what we all look like.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  46. Martha

    Well, it isn't very presentable to work for a company and you have a Mohawk and purple hair. It's not about people 'judging a book by it's cover', it's about just simply making yourself presentable to the companies that the one you work for associates with. So yeah, I'd get a hair cut to make myself look more presentable.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  47. Adam and Bryce

    We would so get our hair cut if it meant getting a job.

    Adam: But the last time I cut my own hair, I had a bald spot in the middle of my head. When my mom saw it, she freaked out!

    Bryce: if i had my hair cut for a job the job would have to be a GOOD one so i could pay bills and buy food.:)

    January 27, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  48. Kelsey

    If I had to change my style or cut my hair, then I would to get a good job. I think that when you try to get a job and go into an interview you need to look your best and look professional to show your serious about that job. You want to make the employer know that you will be a good employee for the business.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  49. Dana

    I would cut my hair to get a job. I'm not one for wild hairstyles, so it wouldn't be big a loss for me. Even if I was, however, I'd downplay it a little and try to find other ways to express myself. If I had to pick crazy hair or money, I'd choose money. I would not want to be unemployed.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  50. gunnar

    I think that it is dumb that they have to get a hair cut what if they are expressing their feelings and they need to feel how they want to, if they are gothic, emo, whatever they need to feel how they want to.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  51. Jaleesa

    When applying for a job you can't just look any old way. You should dress for the job you want. If you're really passionate about a job I believe you should mold yourself a little for that career. In the field of modeling you have to be able to adjust and reinvent yourself, because it's just part of the job description. If the job is asking you to change too much about yourself, things you feel are unneccessary and unrelated to the job then you should stay as you are.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  52. Ryan

    I would change nothing.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  53. David

    I would not cut my hair because it is kind of conservative as it is. I would, however, change my style. You have to dress for the type of job that you are going to apply for.

    You just have to change yourself for the carreer that you are going for even if it is just a little. But if you are not confortable with the job or changing yourself then just go for a different job.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  54. Daniel

    I would cut my hair if it was messy but if it was ok or normal looking then no. If I had something like a mohawk then yes, but if I had spikey hair then no, because I could just wash the holding stff out and were i long. I guse it depends on what you look like because some people dont look like they have a bad work habbit just that there hair is unique, and some do look like theyll just play around and not take things seriously.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  55. john

    Personally i wouldnt want to cut my hair for a job because i wouldnt want it to make me feel like i wasnt myself...but i still would i guess for a job.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  56. Jose

    The way I am I don't really think I would cut my hair for a job, unless I really had to and I just had no other choice.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  57. Devron

    I actually think it's a good idea. If thats what the boss wants, then do it. If not, then the next man will come and now you have no job. People have to understand that there are millions of people looking for jobs now, so they won't mind kickin' you to the cirb simply because of your apperance.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  58. Sterling

    It depends. Some peole have brains and other types of hair styles. Me myself would get a hair cut because that is how I always keep my hair. Plus, it looks more presentable.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  59. Susan

    If I was really desperate to get a job, I would do whatever I could. If that means cutting my hair, and changing my wardrobe I would do it.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  60. Cailie

    I think that I would cut my hair If I thought that it might help me get a job.
    If you get a job you get money if you leave your hair like that you are going to get mad fun of so just save your self the trouble and cut your hair. Cailie:)

    January 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  61. david

    if I had a mohawk I would shave it off cause if you go to a job they want a good controlable person

    January 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  62. Sadie

    I think it's not such a bad idea thats there idea to there hair. If they don't like it that's there problem.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  63. James

    It's a very smart thing for these people to be thinking about there carear five years ago people just didn't care

    January 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  64. Jared

    I would cut my hair if it helped me get a job but if it didn't forget about cutting my hair.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  65. Elizabeth

    I wouldn't ever cut my hair just for a job. If the person interviewing me doesn't like my hair, then they'll either get over it, or not chose me for the job. My hair is my life.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  66. Alyssa

    i think that getting haircuts to look more experienced and professional is a good idea and they need that to get better jobs.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  67. Monica

    I thank it is dome for cutting jobs because now how am i going to get Holster Cloths so now i can not have nice cloths How sad am i

    January 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  68. parker

    hair is a big thing when you are looking of a job like you have a head of hair but it is green or some thing or lime-green uhhh yuck

    January 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  69. James

    I would cut my hair but just a little because I would look stupid without my hair and it would depend on what job i am going for.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  70. LayLa

    I would not cut my hair i think that you should be able to have fun with your hair and the way it is and if they don't like it hey can get over it.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  71. john

    If There was a job that would not take me because of my hair style then yes I would cut my hair.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  72. L*OG@N

    If I needed to make money really bad and the only way to get the job was to change my look of course I would do everything and anything I could to impress the interviewers. Lets say I was gothic and I was trying out for a really professional job that doesn't accept people like that then I would definitely change for sure. With the economy this bad people have to change to get jobs and money.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  73. Chaise

    UUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMM....................... I don't know what to say other than if that guy wants to get a good job then he is on the right track.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  74. Ashley

    Why can't people just be themselves and dress how they want? I mean come on I will never change my ways just for a job I will just go looking for a different job. Some people like to express themselves on just how they are not what job they are applying for.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  75. Karisa

    Although cleaning up your act can get you a higher sucess at job interviews, I think that the owner that is running the interview should evaluate you on whether you can get the job done and if the job is done well. But if you are interactive with people I can see that the owner wants you to be presentable.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  76. Rachel

    I dont think that this really applies to girls as much as guys, but yea i might change my hair and clean up to look nice for the interview because obviously with this economy and the tons of people looking for a job and all, employers have a lot of choices because there is so many people in need of a job. So i would want to look and act my best but not go so far that you cant be yourself.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  77. Benjamin

    No UP WITH HAIR UP WITH HAIR

    January 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  78. Robert

    I would rather cut hair and get my hair cut then sit on the street with a sign saying help the poor.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  79. austin

    You can't just find a job just lakin at it

    January 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  80. Brennan

    My dad helps people get jobs and he always says to me, " When you get a interview, look professional." How you present yourself always matters when you are interviewing for a job. So i would get a haircut if it would mean I would get a job.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  81. Sophia

    I think that if the economy is in this struggle he should cut his hair because you don't want to get the wrog idea when hiring people.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  82. Eliza and Maya

    No because that would mean, if you got the job, you would have to keep your hair that way for the whole time you had the job. Which would hopefully be awhile. We would want our hair to be the way we wanted it. 🙂

    January 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  83. Elena

    I think if I did have some crazy rainbow hair dew, or a punk rock dew, I would try to do something for a job interview. If I really didn't want to cut my hair I would just brush it back with some water or something (if it wasn't some strange color.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  84. Abby

    If I was looking for a job and I had blue hair and a mohawk, I would change my hair to get a job in this economic crisis.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  85. Sinjun

    There is NO WAY that i would cut my hair to get a job... I can't even see why i would have to do that in the first place.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  86. JOHN

    i dont have a problem with the hair but i would mostly likely change my attitude becuase i tend to say some things that wouldnt make me look good

    January 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  87. Grace

    I really think that it depends on what your job is. Such as if you had a punk style and wanted to work at a punk store than why change. But if you had a really high end job such as an anchor than ya I would change up a bit like my wardrobe and get a nice presentable hair cut. But I defiantly don’t think that you need to change your attitude. Your boss will like you for who you are.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  88. elizabeth

    I dont think I would cut my hair because I think when some one is original they stand out. You dont just blend in with everyone else, but you dont want to be too out there either.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  89. gabby

    last year i saw a need employers sign outside a bank place. i knew that because of the way i dressed they were not going to hire me. i was not elegant, i was more of a hoochie mama kind. so i still went inside and apply for it. next week they called me telling me that i have gotten the job that i had to wear skirts, long sleves shirts and stockings. i had to wear all that, but even thought i didnt like it, i needed the job.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  90. jonathan

    I don't think that it is neccesary always. As long as your hair isn't all wack or something.

    January 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  91. Cameron

    This just shows that american capitalism makes people give up their individuality...... I hope obama can bring some MAJOR change

    January 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  92. meg

    dear CNN STUDENT NEWS,
    well i wouldnt change anything
    cause i want them to see the real
    me. cause if your a good person
    you dont want to change your attitude.
    but you can only change if you want to.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  93. Emiley

    I would probably go a little more professial, but I would want to change myself to much. I want to be me not whet everybody else wants me to be.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  94. Hannah

    I would definatley fix up my act if my hair was punk. But for now, it's just a regular haircut. And Carl, your hair is AWSOME!

    January 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  95. Clarissa

    I would definetly miss my long lucious locks, but a couple of pay checks in my pocket would make up for that.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  96. Jenna

    Being young, I don't know what its like to loose a job. But I would cut my hair if it would help a falling family get ground under their feet again.

    January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  97. samira

    i think i would cut my hair

    January 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  98. Brandons

    Yes, I wood cut my hair for the jods that there going to build.

    January 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  99. Gabriel

    I would so totally cut my hair (as long as I don't have to shave it bald). With the economic crisis and the millions losing their jobs, cutting your hair is the least you can do to have a job.

    January 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  100. Carlos

    I say no.

    January 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  101. michael

    yes i would cut my hair to have a job so i dont end up on the streets

    January 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  102. michael

    ityes i would cut my hair to stay welthy and have a nice job.

    January 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  103. Elizabeth

    I would definitly cut my hair for a job! What is more important your hair or your living?

    January 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  104. Elizabeth and Cornelia

    We would definitly cut our hair! Image matters in the real world and when you have pink spikes everywhere that wont cut it!

    January 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  105. abby

    i would not cut my hair because my hair is not like those guys but if it was i would cut it no matter what!

    carl u rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  106. Bessie and Court

    We would never cut our hair just for a job! sure the economy might be bad now, but cutting hair just to look suitable? tThats rediculous! It should not matter how you look it should matter about the qualities inside!

    January 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  107. Courtney and Betsy

    We personally do not have weird and crazy hair, but we feel those who do should cut it! If they want the job they need to look a little more macure and a lot less childish!

    January 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  108. Courtney and Betsy

    We think this applies more to guys than to girls. but we would still try our best to look nice! Lots of people need jobs right now so they should all change their appeniance its for the better! 🙂

    January 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  109. Andrew

    I would cut my hair for an interview because in these times it would be considered lucky for someone my age to recieve a job.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  110. Shelby

    dear carl, i am a girl so it would be very odd if i where to go get my hair cut because that doesnt make a difference! but if i where a guy i would to make my self more sharp.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  111. shelbee

    mr azuz, i think that it would be silly for us to change our apperance for someone else to make a judgement on us. i think they should pick someone based on what they have to show not what they look like.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  112. sunshine

    dear carl, it makes me chuckle that people change their aperances for others to base a job on what they look like. i think they should base it on there abilitys and talents.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  113. Robert

    I would not because if you want to apply for a job you should be yorself. But if you want the best Job get a haircut like Carl.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm |
  114. Jakob

    No.I wouldn't cut my hair just to get a job. It's just hair. It says nothing about my qualifications. Like people say, "You shouldn't judge a book by it's cover." After all, remember what Albert Einstein's hair looked like?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  115. Clfiton

    Personally I think it is a little messed up that today's employers will not hire you based solely on appearance. A mohawk or afro doesn't affect the way that I get the job done. I would only change my look if the job had a large salary.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  116. David

    I think you should change your hair if you look like a slob who will hire you. I surely wouldn't.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  117. brandy

    I would clean up and look nice, but personality wise I would stay the same. You don't won't your possibly future boss thinking that you are different than who you truly are. Always be yourself!!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  118. Dave

    Well Its not that you have to cut your hair for a job but you should look well groomed because you will be working. Just imagine you do some where to shop or to do what ever and the person of that shop comes to help you and he hasn't cut his hair what will you think of him would you like it?

    January 28, 2009 at 4:16 am |
  119. Mr. Panamarczuk's 1st Block Class

    We think yes and no. Yes becasue you get a job, and no because you are no longer your own person. Your just being what they want you to be and not what you want to be.

    January 28, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  120. Mr. Panamarczuk's 1st Block Class

    It depends on how much. If its too much or too little you might not even get the job. 😦

    January 28, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  121. Mr. Panamarczuk's 1st Block Class

    No because as long as you work hard and do what your supposed to your hair shouldn't matter. That's just like failing a person becasue you don't like their t-shirt or jacket.

    January 28, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  122. James

    Yes. I think that it's a great idea. People need to make a great first impression. The first impression is the one that people will remember you by.

    P.S.- Yes, he should lose the ear rings too.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  123. tyler

    yes i would most likely cut my hair so that i could aquire a job. I do play sports and involved in school it is hard however to have a job and to spend school time and extracurricular activity time. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do all those and homework as well.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  124. Lindsay

    If I were looking for a job I would get a haircut because work comes before cool haircuts.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  125. Brittani

    I say that the only way that I would get a haircut is if my hair was as bad as having pink hair, but since my hair is fine the way it is I wouldn't get a haircut right now

    January 28, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  126. Jake

    I would drop bundles of hundreds of dollar-bills down the garbage disposal if it means I would get a decent job by the end of the week.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  127. Colin

    I say no because they are only turnning down like goth and scary looking people that would turn other people away and i don't think that many people have that type of hair so i do not think i would need a hair cut

    January 28, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  128. forest

    Eventually, if I had to, I would change everything because you can't survive without a job.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  129. alex

    I would not get a harcut

    January 28, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  130. Anna

    Well it kind of depends, like if you were punkish, then it might be good to get a hair cut to make you look responsible, but if you already looked fine, then it wouldn't matter

    January 28, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  131. Matt

    most likely i would cut my hair to apply for something like an office job but i might not cut my hair if i was applying for something more creative like a hair stylist

    January 28, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  132. Addie

    Yes, I would cut my hair or change my appearance to get a job because it is a little bit more important to have a job than a haircut you personally like.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  133. Zack

    I, personally would not cut my hair but I, most likely, would dress more appropriately for the job. Although it really depends on which job I'm applying for. Teacher, artist, writer, architect, poet, limber jack. It all depends.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  134. yani

    if i didn't really have any money i would get a haircut but i hate getting hair cuts i like my hair long always ya

    January 28, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  135. annie + morgan

    We think its a great idea to try to look more professional by getting a haircut, people are entitled to their own opinion but we wouldn't hire someone with purple hair.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  136. Jo

    Well yeah. If I was that desperate for a job I would definitely cut my hair. Keeping a job and feeding your family is way more important than how cool your hair looks, and anyways I rock the mature adult look.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  137. Lyssa

    um.................well i would not change my looks and prsanalite but i would change my hair.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  138. najidah

    no no no way never in a million years if they don't like me than I don't like them

    January 28, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  139. Pam

    I would keep my hair the same, although I would at least change the way I look from Punk to reasonable...

    January 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  140. Pam

    I don't think I would want to cut my hair or dye it back to a reasonable hair color, but to get a nice job I would at least change my look to a little less punk to a reasonable look.

    January 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  141. Juliette

    I would most likely wear something like a dress or dressslacks and a nice top.Somethig I would not do would is cut my hair,enless it was long.By the way my hair is really short right now.Also,Carl, I do not think that the button down shirt works for you.OH,also Mrs. Mwagi's class ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  142. dafney

    duh of course i would

    January 28, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  143. jeffrey

    walt i wougld cut my hair but if its for family no

    January 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  144. Khris

    I would change my hair because if the boss or employer wants it i would clean up and change alot but not me maybe my apperance but not my attitude or my personality.

    January 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  145. Kayna

    okay, I have medium hair and if i cut it....it takes forever to grow back, and it puffs up and i look like a gaint poof ball...so no no way i would go through that again....(shudder)

    January 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  146. Lisa

    In my opinion your hairstyle is a little part of your personality. So if you change your hairstyle you will betray yourself.Okay it sounds a bit too hard. But I think if you look "normal" you don't need to cut your hair.
    But on the other hand if you are an punkrocker who wants to be a bank director then it's quit normal that no bank give you a job. And to an application you wear a suit or something like that, too.
    So all in all it's a difficult theme. But for myself I won't cut my hair.

    January 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  147. Nikki

    I would cut my hair for a job if I had wacky hair... but if wacky hair is a good advirtisment then I'd leave my hair as is.

    January 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  148. donnie

    I will change anything about my hair. Because I would let the boss know that that I will do anything and everthing to get the job.

    January 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  149. Mr. Panamarczuk's Class

    Out of a class vote, 6 people said yes, and 16 said they would not. We were surprised to see the results of 61% yes.

    January 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  150. Alec

    If it is what I had to do to put bread on the table then yes i would do it because i would be desperate

    January 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  151. Sean

    I cant beleve that

    January 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  152. Roland

    I wouldn't care very much, if it was a guy, who cares, if it was a girl, then hello new haircut! You have to suck up to the ladies!

    January 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  153. Justin

    Ok Well i never would cut my hair just for a job and why would you if the owner thinks that you should cut your hair he/she thinks people will not treat you with respect and you wouls look like a hobo

    January 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  154. mickell

    i say if it do not look good for the job you should shape it up and have the approprite cothes

    January 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  155. jaucelynn

    ofcourse i would! first impresions are always impotant!

    January 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  156. Mary

    I would change my clothes if needed, and with my hair I just have to do to make ot look conservative s spending a little extra time in the morning and/ or put it in a clip. My hair is very easy to style. If they need a big thing changed that I don't want to or can't do, I'm not going to do it!

    January 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  157. samira

    I would cut my hair for the job

    January 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  158. Elisabeth

    I would definitely cut my hair for a job. It's hair. It will grow back. I am shocked that hair would determine whether or not you take a job offer (especially in this "recession")! If it's between your faux-hawk and a paycheck, by all means- take the cash!

    January 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  159. Terrell

    i would probaly cut my hair it's getting kinda bad anyway

    January 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  160. Airena

    The only choice to get a job is to cut one's hair?
    That's too unreasonable! Although their preferences are different, i do not think we have to change our hairstyle as we don't want. But too weird hairstyle... perhaps I must consider about that.

    January 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  161. Ben

    it depends which job.....so if you were a construction worker.. you don't have to dress in fancy clothes. If you worked in office or something similar to that.. then thats the time you should make yourself look official... =]

    January 28, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  162. Ruben

    Yes i would cut my hair to get a job because i you really need and job you will take a risk.

    January 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  163. Emily

    No iI would not cut my hair cause that is jus crazy. I should get a job anyways!!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  164. Duncan

    I dont think that we should have to change anything about ourselves to get a job. I personally wouldn't change anything about myself to get a job, the people who are hiring you should look at your qualifications and your inner qualities. I mean are they going to turn a person with a masters degree in that field away and hire another person who has a bachelors degree, and a nice haircut?

    January 29, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  165. Jeremiah

    I think that it is improtant to look good for an interview. If you work for a company, they want you to wear nice clothes to work so customers think of all of the nice looking employees. I would problably wear one of my dad's ties, and wear a shirt with a collar. I would problably also wear nice shoes. Nice shoes are always improtant. I hope I'll be able to find some.

    January 29, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  166. CK

    I would definetly clean up, and try and look my best for the interview. But I wouldn't look too dressed up to a point where it's tacky. You should always look your best for an interview.

    January 29, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  167. christina

    I think it is nice to get dressed up for a job enter view because presentation is the best thting for you.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  168. Crystal

    I would definitely clean up, and try and look my best for the interview. But I wouldn’t look too dressed up to a point where it’s tacky.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  169. Cheyanne

    I think that the people that got a hair cut for a job they have to do what they have to do to get a job. You should ask your self what is more important have a cool hair do or have a job to support you new hair cut?
    Well just ask your self an important question then make you decision!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  170. brady

    I would cut my hair for a job. There are not every many jobs out there right now, so why not get the job. Besides hair grows back that job opening does not.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  171. Lance

    I would never cut my mohawk off because that shouldn't matter. Its not how you look its how hard you actually work.

    January 29, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  172. Utau

    I'd definitely clean up, but I'd just be myself, and maybe put my hair up, but it's only medium length anyway. Besides, I hate getting my haircut, I remember one time I did get my haircut and my Mother told the beautician how much to cut and it came out too short.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  173. victoria

    i think that getting a new hair cut is over the top. i mean the person can't tell who you are base on a haircut. just looking nice give the person that you are here to try.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  174. Ana

    If I were being interviewed for a job, I would try to look my best and chose outfits appropriate for the job. I wouldn't change my hair though, because if someone doesn't hire you because your hair and not your qualifications for the job then they are missing out of someone who could be a good employee just because they are discriminating.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  175. Tiffany

    Well, I wouldn't change anything about myself, but when you go to a job interview, I think you should brush your teeth, comb your hair, and dress properly. But you don't have to change yourself.

    January 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  176. TJ

    I would never cut my hair in order to get a job my hair can look just as formal all pulled back as it does down

    January 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  177. hyo-jung

    Well,,,, I wouldn't cut my hair when I hunt my job. Umm.. I'll just interviewed politely. But some poeple think it is very important to cut hair... However, I don't think so.

    From. South Korea.

    January 30, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  178. Kimi

    I think it would really depend on the job type. If you're going to go work for a high class restaurant then you should definitely change your appearance (only a little though, completely going through a make-over changes your entire identity, and that's not fair to yourself). On the other hand, if you're going to go find a job as an intern at a fun art school, then you shouldn't change anything.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  179. Haena

    If you want to go ahead and cut your hair GO! Be careful though! It depends on what job it is. The kind of job you have determines what you should wear and look loke. You don't see a lawyer looking like a punk.

    January 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  180. jaehyun

    I would cut my hair when I'm doing an interview, because 50% of my job, depends on the first look. If you see a guy with a long dirty hair, in a job interview, wouldyou like to hire him? I don't think so. But not badly. It will just make the matters worse

    January 31, 2009 at 6:11 am |
  181. HAHA

    I think cut my hair help to land a job. If my hair looks right, people think I'm a man of sincerity.

    January 31, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  182. Seon

    If I were going for job interview, I would chang me a little bit, to look better. Then I might do well. Who knows that I would pass the test by just cuting my hair or changing my appearence a little bit.I think sometimes it would be a good thing if we chang ourselves.

    February 1, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  183. Serin

    Dear. CNN STUDENTS NEWS.

    I would never cut my hair for a job.
    because, it's cute and pretty,
    if it gave me too much money for it.

    P.S- I can't believe it. -south korea-

    February 1, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  184. Sung

    I will cut my hair if I can get a job. There are many people who didn't have a job, and wander around. However, I can get a job only I cut my hair.

    February 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  185. Jess

    i love my hair. wouldn't change it for a milllion dollars

    February 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  186. Gwen

    I would just be myself, because they want to know what I'm like not what some other me is like.

    February 2, 2009 at 5:18 am |
  187. Hayeon:)

    I would cut my hair for a job because it's just hair. Hair grows back that job opening does not.

    February 2, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  188. Vip

    I don't think that cut hair because of the job. so I don't want to cut my hair.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  189. Anonymous

    I wouldn't change anything about me for a job... I mean I would only have the job for a while it's not like a job at DQ would last forever in my life. When I am older I might want to change the way a look but normally i am pretty casual. So I think i would be okay.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  190. josh

    You shouldn't judge a book by its cover

    February 2, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  191. malthice

    i would nerver cut my hair for a new job because hair styles can tell alot about a person and my hair is just fine the way it is

    February 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  192. ilya and josh

    i would not cut my hair just to get a job because its not worth changing who you are just to get a job.

    February 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  193. Rachel & Samantha

    We would cut our hair because if you want to get a good job and be successful, then it shouldn't matter what you have to do, as long as it's with-in reason.

    February 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  194. Charlotte

    Well, if you were going for a really good job, like being a lawer, or someone on an awesome TV show, or and news person, like you carl, then I would change my hair style to something that looked very perfessional. I've seen people that work at the super markets, and they are wearing weird hairstyles, like mohalks, and that kind of stuff, so that woudl be a job that wouldn't require you to really dress up for the interview, and still get it. SO, what I am trying to say, is that you should do what you thing is approprate.

    February 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  195. Grace

    Its a mericle that he is 73 & play backitball . WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  196. Mo

    I would never change my hair style for no reason.They should just look at our application besides the way we Look.

    I rather keep myself and my look and if they dont like well tough

    February 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  197. hunter

    i think yes because the boss' first impression is one he always remembers.

    February 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  198. tyler

    I think that you should get a haircut before a job interview because the first impresion is always the most important.

    February 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  199. Ji

    when interviewing, we don't consider our appeareans. the management want to know if i am proper the job. i should develope my advanced knowledge competense about the job. therefore l woud not my stlye ect.. l

    February 2, 2009 at 8:01 pm |
  200. Kyle

    I WOULD NOT cut my hair to get a job.
    Nothing can cut my proud my hair,
    and MONEY FROM JOB also cannot cut mine.

    February 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  201. Namguriㅄ

    Hmm.....
    I....won't cut my hair for my job.

    February 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  202. Kyle

    I WOULD NOT CUT MY HAIR.
    I AM SO PROUD OF MY HAIR, AND

    MONEY FROM THE JOB CANNOT CUT MY HAIR!!

    February 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm |
  203. minjae

    I wouldn't change my style....I think I should show them my own style and myself. I would find another job rather than change my hair.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  204. Ryan

    I believe that it is important to express yourself, and although it may seem like many are conforming to society's expectations, these are hard times and many will do whatever it takes to get a job.

    February 4, 2009 at 6:10 am |
  205. Jaron

    I cut my hair every month or two – when it needs one. Would I do it for a job interview – maybe. I do it all the time for band performances, pictures, etc.

    February 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  206. Jason

    im a senior, and ive been out of a job for three months now. i had long red hair that hung down passed my mouth, and i had to shave it all off. hopefully now i will look respectable enough to get something.

    February 6, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  207. Tasha

    I think you should leave your hair the way it is, because if the person or employer cant look over your looks and at your personality and how well you work then i wouldnt want to work there in the first place.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  208. Victoria

    If it meant getting a job, I would definently change my style. Look at the benefits. When you get a job you get money. Then you can go to the mall and buy a lot of cool stuff. So if I had to change my style to get a job, I would definently do that!

    February 6, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  209. katie

    IF I HAVE 2 GET A NEW STYLE I WOULD 4 A JOB

    February 6, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  210. Cheyanne

    I think you should'nt have to cut your hair to get a job, I mean if they really wanted you at a job they would except you as you are.

    February 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  211. Kaylee

    I would tease my hair to a rad height, wear rainbow clothes, colored skinny jeans and try to be a rockstar!

    my first song will be about muffins........and carl azuz!!!!!! 😀

    February 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  212. kyle

    i think it would be better if i cut my hair because it would look nice and good.

    February 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  213. Austin

    I think it would help,an organized hair cut could tell and employer than your organized in your office place and such while a disorganized hair cut could show that you are disorganized your work ethics

    February 8, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  214. Olivia

    I would get a new style, I wouldn't change who I was. I would wear jeans, but I would wear my hair nice and out of my face. Of and wear an I ❤ Carl t-shirt!

    February 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  215. Brittany

    I would cut my hair to land a job

    February 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  216. Annie (-; ♥

    Err, it would be nice to get a haircut so you wouldn't look scrubby. But, don't change who you are for one job, when there are tons of jobs out there that would accept people for how hard they work. Like McDonald's! (-;

    February 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  217. Breanna(-;

    i think they would wanna get hair cuts to get the job they want! otherwise...they would end up working at either McDonalds or KFC! lol:)

    February 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  218. Allie

    Um, yeah, you kinda should. But not all the way. Just enough to show your future boss that you are serious about your job, your life, and that you are an organized person.
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.......
    It relly depends on the job lik if you were supposed to be a vet or a counselor, you should try & look professional. People dont want someone with an overlarge poofy hairstyle and short skirts deciding the future of their dog. But they don't wanna guy in a 300-dollar suit with a newly cut trim, ummmmm, being a rock star. so yeah!

    February 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  219. Hannah

    I would dress nicely but I wouldn't change my hair because I get compliments from adults on my hair all the time so I don't think anything's wrong with it.

    February 11, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  220. Grace

    First impressions last forever. Changing up your hairstyle to make you look more proffesional would pay off in the long run...literally.

    February 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  221. kaylee

    well...... only if i absolutley have to i would but after i got a job i could change it back to my old hair style. No matter how long it takes to grow back, because it reflects your personality. It like speaks your style, and in America we have the freedom of speech. So shouldn't we be aloud to keep a hair style what we want?!

    February 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  222. aj

    why would you cut ur hair for a job?? its not all about what you look like, and if they dont like you the way you are then who cares what they think? i would NEVER change anything about me for a job, i am who i am so deal with it.

    February 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  223. Kayla

    i wouldnt change anything about me. because if they dont like how i am from the beggining their not going to like me in the end so whats the point. the most i would do is get a haircut but just something i like.

    February 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm |