It’s one of the most fervently debated topics out there when it comes to being a beardsman: if you’re going to a job interview should you shave? Let's put this debate to an end right now. Do. Not. Shave. You worked too long and hard on that beard of yours to get rid of it because you may or may not get a job.
More importantly, the way the business worlds views beardsmen is changing, even if isn't as quick to the uptake as we'd like. Justin Nall, an urban beardsman, is also making a name for himself in the corporate business world:
“I’m now a program manager for a worldwide defense contractor, managing a multi-million dollar IT program, working with over 90 clients, managing employees, and reporting to Senior Level Managers. Over the past four years, I’ve been promoted 3 times. And I do it all with a full beard!”
Industry barriers to beards
Still, not every business looks favorably upon beards, which is easy to understand in a few professions. For example, firefighters can have problems with the gas mask sitting properly on their face if they have a beard, making it a safety issue. If you're a medical professional, giant beards near your patients can be a contamination issue.
If you work in the food service or hospitality industry, having a giant beard is going to be a difficult sell (but a short or medium length beard is definitely worth a shot). At the end of the day, if you're in an industry that doesn't favor a heavy beard, you can still have a great short beard or a mustache. If you're not sure, you'll want to look up your regional industry regulations and best practices, and do some investigation work yourself.
Example A: If you're new in town and looking for a serving job, scope out other servers in the parts of town you want to work in. What do you notice? If everyone's got a close-cropped beard or none at all, there's probably a reason for that. Look up your local food and beverage compliance law to see if that's the case.
Example B: If you're trying to move into a different department at a bigger corporation, you may want to swing by and introduce yourself. They'll get accustomed to your face and look ahead of time, but you'll also be able to scope out whether you're on the right track for what they're expecting.
On the other hand, there are unfortunate reasons why men aren’t allowed to grow a beard, and Beardbrand aims to do away with that. Why is it frowned upon for men in the financial industry to grow a beard? Why don’t politicians grow beards? Hell, why can’t the New York Yankees grow facial hair? The bottom line is that there is no good reason. It’s all steeped, basically, in (an antiquated) tradition that has a total misconception of what a beardsman is.