Judging by the Cover

  • Uncategorized


Judgingby the Cover

“Judgingby the Cover”by Bonny Gainley

Anarticle “” discussesthings that people do for temporary reasons such as looking beautifulbut detrimental to their success. According to the author BonnyGainley,college graduates and those seeking jobs should be careful about thethings they do for fun because they may serve as the limitation inachieving their goals. To support her arguments, she logicallyexplains several practical situations. Itis,however, to note that most of the things she says are opinions thatcan bedebated. Nonetheless, she successfully maintains her conviction throughoutthe paper and readers can agree with all the ideas and evidence sheprovides. Theimages youths struggle to keepcontaincertainmessages that can be a reflectionof their worth in a business and therefore determine theiremployment.

Themain idea in the article is that even though one can be in agreementwith the image they create forthemselves, employers may have different terms when offering jobs. Reasonbeing that just thesame way people have right to express themselves in their desiredways, businesses and employers have a responsibility to reject anybehavior that is incompatible with its the principles and objectives. Thishappensas a need for the business to protect its image because ultimately,people judge by the “appearance or the cover”(Gainley,2003, p.628). Contrary to the old sayings that “do not judge a bookby its cover,” (Gainley,2003, p.628) people are created to judge based on the lookof things. Gainleyconfirms this by giving several examples that people do coverthemselves in uniform orother clothes toconvey a certain message. Particularly, police officers wear uniformsto convey the message that “I am a police officer” (Gainley,2003, p.628). Similarly, the popularly known gangs such as Yakuzaand Mafias wear tattoos as a message to the world.For thisreasons, it is inappropriate for a business to hire employees withtattoos and body pins. Instead, employees should be smartly anddecently dressed to build up an important element for the image andgrowth of business.

Althoughemployees have a right to reject job applications due toinappropriate appearances such as indecent hairstyle and bodytattoos, Gainleyadvicesthat it is not good to discriminate applicant based on attributesthey cannot control (Gainley,2003). Even though this is something that cannot be provenscientifically, the author was right. For example, things one cancontrol include physical appearances such as cleft lip or otherdisabilities. Evidently, modern organizations have created specialopportunities for people who arephysically challenged.

Inconclusion, Gainleyadvicesthe youths particularly those in college and graduates to choosewisely the style they pick to look good. The reason is that just thesame ways youths have right for the desired appearances, the imagethey create portray a certain message. Consequently, this caninfluence their achievement of career goals. She, however, establishthat it is not ethical to discriminate people based on traits theycannot control. Since some indecent appearances such as shaggy hair,body pins, and tattoos are completely controllable, businesses arejustified in their picking of applicants.

Theway the author argues in this article brings sense and to an extent,the reality that youth should accept. Her arguments and supportingexamples were effective throughout the paper. Thismakes it a good source of information especially for youths whodesire to have a good career in their future


Gainley,P, B. (2003). Judgingby the Cover.&nbspiUniverse.627-630