physical appearance

Question from a reader: dress code and physical appearance?

A reader named M.C. writes in:
I've been researching and preparing to expatriate to Korea to teach english and have some questions about physical appearance. I've read that physical appearance is important and that job applications are usually accompanied by a photo.

I have a shaved head, as well as a beard. How do Korean employers feel about short hair and facial hair?

Also, most days, I wear a pair of khakis and a casual collared shirt (the sort of shirts sold at the Gap). Would this be acceptable attire for a typical day in the classroom? I would prefer to leave my daily shirt and tie routine behind with the cubicle job I'm escaping.


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