Will looking young hurt me?
I want to make a move from a general sales career into the financial planning proffession. A concern I am having is that I look young for my age. I am 27 but look more like 20. Prospects have made comments in my current position and I am always able to get around it. However, advising people what to do with their money is a little more important than what I do now.
Will looking young (inexperienced) hurt my chances of success?
You can definitely use it to your advantage, but make sure you present yourself as professional and mature as possible. Wear conservative clothes and have a conservative hairstyle, at least while you are working. Try some fake glasses as well.
Also, play your age as we all had to start somewhere. I know lots of business owners who appreciate a younger advisor because they remember being young, wanting to start a business and fighting to get older people to respect them.
If you believe that looking young will hurt your chances of success, you will be proven correct.
Thank you for the replies. This concern will no longer be an issue in moving forward!
If a prospect comments on your age, ask them if they would prefer that their broker retire before of after they are.