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Nov 21, 2008 8:11 pm

I'm a new FA still in series 7 training with EDJ and, as everyone knows, they deal primarily with F2F prospecting via door knocking. I just got out of the military in which I spent 6 years shaving on a daily basis and have been enjoying a well maintained short beard but not too sure how the business views facial hair. I'm only 28 years old and feel that the beard make me appear a little older which could also possibly add to my credibility. Plus it's really nice not having to shave.

 
Thoughts/Know of any policies that don't allow face hair?
Nov 21, 2008 9:34 pm

Not sure there is a policy but having been in banking for quite sometime facial hair is frowned on in that business.  Build your business and then grow your beard ... just my two cents santa!

Nov 21, 2008 9:58 pm

Unless you have just come back from a two week vacation hunting moose in Canada and just wanted to show off the beard for a few days, I would recommend having a clean face.

Nov 22, 2008 10:18 am

I know back in the Edward D. Jones & Co. days their position was some people psychlogically feel a beard portrays that a person has something they are hiding. If you had a beard they required you to shave it off. I guess they fely nobody would ever fault you for not having a beard but some might even if they didn't overtly realize they were. They had quite a bit of info on the topic. The info they had was enough for me to not have a beard to this day.

Nov 22, 2008 7:50 pm

I have never heard of such a policy. There are several in my region with beards, moustacehs, and goatees.

Nov 22, 2008 10:14 pm
B24:

I have never heard of such a policy. There are several in my region with beards, moustacehs, and goatees.



Only because Ted Jones is dead. If he was here, he'd tell them to shave. And take him out for a good steak. And start calling on that 10 percent bond.



Nov 23, 2008 9:19 am
Like I said it was back in the Edward "D" Jones & Co. days. Late 1980's/Early 90's.
Nov 23, 2008 10:42 am

Funny - I'm in my late 30's

Nov 24, 2008 10:28 am

I've read the Psy piece on beards and the subconcious.  It said something like, when people see a person with a beard they subconciously think they are lying, or hiding something... that they were not trustworthy.  Maybe it'll affect your business, maybe not, but why roll the dice.  Build your book first.

Nov 24, 2008 10:33 am

I think you should stop worrying about it. If someone will not invest with you because of your beard or facial hair, then you don't want that person as a client(aside from wierd designs and beards that touch your chest). Your job is to help them with their investments not usher them through a beauty contest.

Nov 25, 2008 10:15 am

However true that sentiment might be, it is absolutely the wrong way to think about your appearance in the early stages of your career.  If you know that there will be some people who will choose, even if it's on a subconscious level, not to do biz with you because of your appearance why wouldn't you do everything in your power to make sure there are as few of those issues as possible.  There are some things you can control and your appearance is one of them.  Nice suit, nice shoes, clean shaven face, normal hair (keep the high and tight look for a while), no extra holes in your face are all in order for the next few years.  Once you  have yourself established, do what you want. 

 
Nov 27, 2008 9:31 pm

My advice would be to clean shave with a high and tight and leverage your military experience. Play it right and you'll come across as a veteran FA

Nov 28, 2008 7:17 pm

yeah i am saying right now that you should change that off. i was 22 when i started and wanted to look older and no one said a word about me shaving it off.  I could tell however that some prospects and even clients were not in favor of it and maybe even made them feel uncomfortable. I have now had it off for 2 yrs and do no regret it.  i would say get rid of it

Nov 28, 2008 9:46 pm

Sorry to hijack this thread but...what about shaven heads?  I could grow the "Caesar's Crown" but prefer the clean shaven look.  From the previous posts, I guess I better re-think the short goatee!

Nov 28, 2008 10:16 pm

Bastermind,

 
Allot of good points on this thread.  It's really pretty simple- clean shaven, clean cut (high & tight), well dressed (conservative)- you want that "well polished" look.  And remember to always be yourself....Generally, beards, trendy hair cuts and/or clothes, are a bad idea.  Remember the old adage:  "You only get one chance to make a good impression"