While many women affected by the high unemployment rates are fixing up their resumes and perfecting their interview skills to get back into the workforce, they may want to put down the laptop and pick up some eyeshadow. According to Reuters, an unemployment agency in France is offering a free day of pampering to boost their confidence.

“This is about giving them back their pluck. Makeup changes your life simply and quickly,” makeup artist Regine Ferrere told the news source. “Touching people and talking to them is far better than giving them a pill or sending them to the psychologist’s office.”

Women received advice about beauty products, application and how to look best for a job interview. And while a resume may still be one the most important component when trying to secure a job, people shouldn’t neglect their overall look.

“Skills are the main reason people find jobs, but [appearance] is a plus. The first impression one makes on an employer is very important,” Pascal Dumont, head of an unemployment agency in Paris, told the news provider.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States’ unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in December 2010.

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