Investment Banking and facial hair

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What do you guys think about facial hair in investment banking or in general FO roles, except Trading where do you have less face to face contact with clients/CEO etc.

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Comments (47)

Aug 26, 2017

Shave your fuckin beard, no one else is impressed with it and it makes you look slovenly.

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Aug 27, 2017

Haha agreeing man, I haven't beard. Just curious about the correlation IB - Beard

Aug 27, 2017

Solid wisdom +1 sb.
Ever since hipsters, beards have lost their ruggedness and manliness.

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Sep 5, 2017

You guys are intolerable

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Sep 24, 2017

Was networking with a 1st yr analyst from my school. He is one of the top ib groups (GS m&a, JP health). His beard looked like he worked at Starbucks, was shocked.

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Aug 26, 2017

Unless it's well kept, I'd go for a clean shave. Haven't seen any bearded bankers at all, come to think about it. Guess it's safer to go with the flow.

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Aug 27, 2017

I'm a clean shave fan man!!

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Aug 27, 2017

You are not Joseph Perella or Paul Singer. Don't do it.

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Aug 28, 2017

There's certainly a fucking mile of difference between some of these awful, untrimmed, disgusting sacks of hair some assholes have hanging off their face, and a nicely trimmed beard that's not distracting. Some people look better with one, some don't. You absolutely cannot make a blanket statement due to all the variables involved.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

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Sep 4, 2017

Couldn't agree more. I certainly don't let the hipster trend influence my opinion of beards - I think beards were around way longer than hipsters (I know that sounds hipster). JP Morgan had a badass stache. Vanderbilt had wicked sideburns. Carnegie had a well-kept beard. Times have changed, obviously, but who says facial hair won't make a comeback?

If you can grow a decent beard and keep it maintained, I see no issue with one. As I've said in a previous post, if it looks like the straggly hairs on my nutsack, you need to shave that shit off. As @PeterMullersKeyboard said, some people look better with a beard, and I don't see anything wrong with that - probably helps their self esteem and confidence and therefore makes them a happier person.

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Aug 28, 2017

Agreed...as with most things, there's 1 rule - use your head.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Sep 5, 2017

well said.
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Aug 30, 2017

99.9% of Investment Bankers don't have a beard. Don't try to be in the 0.1% for facial hair...

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Sep 4, 2017

Excluding the religious aspect (e.g., sikhs, muslims, among others) it's dependent on preference. As with anything else related to appearance I don't really see an issue as long as it's well groomed and kept just like one's article of clothing. Some folks look better with a beard and others don't. It certainly isn't binary by any means :)

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Sep 4, 2017

There is nothing worse than a scruffy ass analyst who thinks they can pull of a beard and end up looking like a 12 year old.

If you can grow a decent beard its ok only if you keep it groomed. Dont let it become a distraction.

I personally have a beard. Wifey fucking hates it, which makes it even better,

Sep 4, 2017

if you have a neckbeard, go sit on a bear trap

Sep 4, 2017

no one cares. the fact people worry over this stuff like pre-pubescent girls is pathetic.

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Sep 8, 2017

SBed but wanted to second and third. No. One. Gives. A . S***. Now. Get. Yo. Ass. To. Work

Sep 4, 2017

Until you swing some Jon Corzine-level dick, mach 3 it.

Sep 5, 2017

The more client facing the role is the more presentable you should be. It is not because everybody else has been doing it since time immemorial, you should do it too. Do it because everybody has been doing it since time immemorial and doing it because of a reason. Everybody would like save five minutes of their daily schedule and use it to sleep 5 more mins (especially when it comes to ibanking), but you need to do it because if your client is paying you a ton, the last thing he wants is his banker to show up looking like the homeless guy he today forgot to through a penny at (even though you might have been driven the whole way up to his office thinking yourself as Tom Cruise).

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Aug 28, 2017

You'd have to be a moron, a literal knuckle-dragging idiot to think "any facial hair at all" = "homeless person"

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Sep 8, 2017

I'm a clean shave fan man!!

Sep 9, 2017

The general rule is the "growing out" phase is never appropriate in investment banking. Having a beard VP and above is doable, though expect to get some shit, and you need to perform very well. It's kind of like wearing aggressive suits - no problem if you're successful otherwise, you're an out of touch, unfocused jackass if not otherwise killing it.

Sep 9, 2017
Real Marcus Halberstram:

What do you guys think about facial hair in investment banking or in general FO roles, except Trading where do you have less face to face contact with clients/CEO etc.

Yeah definitely don't have a beard. You're gonna have to go with the neckbeard. You'll be notorious.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Sep 24, 2017

I keep a nicely trimmed beard because I can't grow any hair on my head.

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Sep 24, 2017

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Sep 24, 2017

It shouldn't make a difference, it's your face after all, so you should do with it as you please. And for some people, like Sikhs, there's no choice. Their religion requires that they do not shave.

However, whether we like it or not, there are some biases that exist in the workplace (even if some of them seem archaic, illogical, discriminatory). And there are a few employers who are biased against facial hair.

But I doubt there are any employers who are biased against the clean shaven. I would recommend just playing it safe considering what you are hoping to achieve in LinkedIn at this point in your life.

Bear in mind also that the occasional person viewing your profile may associate beards with muslims / Amish / hill billies / whatever. And that could skew their impression of you (depending on which of those they are biased against).

If you're looking to impress employers you want the focus on your qualifications / talents / achievements. You don't want them distracted, however subconsciously, with judgemental issues that could be triggered by your fashion choices.

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Sep 24, 2017

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Sep 24, 2017

I often keep a beard. For trimming, I use a Phillips Norelco Multigroom.

Honestly, I love having a beard and hate the idea of shaving for any job or anything like that.

Sep 24, 2017
TheKing:

I often keep a beard. For trimming, I use a Phillips Norelco Multigroom.

Honestly, I love having a beard and hate the idea of shaving for any job or anything like that.

I looked at that one, and then I decided to be a cheap ass. Way to go me.

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Sep 24, 2017

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Sep 24, 2017

whisker wars style or gtfo

Sep 24, 2017

Oh, whisker wars...

Sep 24, 2017

I haven't shaved for a week. No one at work seems bothered this time of the year, so I'm hoping i can get away with it.

Sep 24, 2017

I love keeping a beard and I hate shaving. Have to do it unfortunately for work. I can usually go about 3-4 weeks if not for work and then it starts to itch like crazy.

Sep 24, 2017
FinancialNoviceII:

I love keeping a beard and I hate shaving. Have to do it unfortunately for work. I can usually go about 3-4 weeks if not for work and then it starts to itch like crazy.

That's weird, mine stopped itching after about a month. I finally trimmed it down and I swear to god this is the softest my facial hair has been in at least a minute. Maybe a minute and a half.

Jun 5, 2018

I showed up with a tightly trimmed beard my first day and took some crap from the associates and senior analysts for about a week. After that, it hasn't been an issue at all. I make sure to keep it tight and clean, and nobody seems to mind. Still get invited to go to meetings with clients, and the admins in the office have told me i look better with the beard and not to shave it.

All depends on if it works for you. Oddly enough, after coming in with the beard a few others in the office (more senior members of the team) have decided to grow breads as well.

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Dec 31, 2018

How do we feel about the stache

Dec 31, 2018

If it's like this one, it's a no brainer. I'd rock that thing 24/7 365

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Dec 31, 2018

Leave the beards to us back office cucks. That's all we've got ffs.

RIP theaccountingmajor

Jan 3, 2019

Genuinely don't see what the issue should be... As long as it's kept in a decent condition I don't see how there could be any issues. Some people look more mature with a beard, it only adds confidence, doesn't it?

Jan 12, 2019

As long as you keep your beard trimmed and clean that shouldn't be a problem, wash it multiple times a day and use beard oil.
It all comes to you'r physiognomy.