Posted on 27th March 2018 at 16:00
The health benefits of smiling are well known, but did you also know that your smile can kickstart your career? Whether you are looking for a new job, taking the next step on the career ladder, or starting your own business, improving your smile can make a vital difference to your future career success.
An attractive smile improves your chances of getting hired
Despite the old adage that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, during a job interview first impressions count. Interviewees with brighter, whiter smiles are more likely to be hired than those with less attractive teeth and are also more likely to receive higher salary offers. Keeping a natural, relaxed smile during an interview conveys a sense of quiet confidence and helps to build a rapport with the interviewer. Although your skills, experience, and qualifications play key roles in getting you the position you want, being the more likeable candidate can help swing opinions in your favour when there are other applicants who are equally well qualified.
Smiling makes you appear more trustworthy
Building trust is vital in all aspects of career success, from interdepartmental teamwork to client acquisition. Psychological studies show that a genuine smile goes a long way toward increasing trustworthiness and cooperation. The mirror effect of neurons in the brain means that when you smile at someone, the mirror neurons for smiling in that person’s brain also fire up. This creates a sensation of the feeling associated with smiling, helping to build better relationships. People who are insecure or self-conscious about their smile find it more difficult to establish this bond with others.
Smiling boosts your job performance
Researchers have found that smiling reduces levels of cortisol in the body, a stress-related hormone that can cause high blood pressure, interfere with learning and memory, and lower the body’s immune function. Although some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with productivity and cause long-term health issues. Smiling – even if you don’t really feel like it – can decrease stress levels and increase workplace productivity. The general consensus among researchers is that you should ‘fake it until you make it’ and having the confidence to fake it is much easier when you are happy with your smile.
Park Dental Care can boost your confidence in your smile by:
• Replacing missing, broken, or damaged teeth
• Cosmetically whitening your teeth
• Straightening misaligned teeth
• Improving tooth shape or size
Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to seeing you.