Will looking young hurt me?

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Apr 27, 2008 11:02 am

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?
Apr 27, 2008 1:11 pm

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.
Apr 27, 2008 1:58 pm

If you believe that looking young will hurt your chances of success, you will be proven correct.

Apr 27, 2008 8:50 pm

Thank you for the replies.  This concern will no longer be an issue in moving forward!

Apr 27, 2008 11:24 pm

If a prospect comments on your age, ask them if they would prefer that their broker retire before of after they are.