DON'T judge a man by the length of his hair; judge him by the strength of his character, says retired banker Joe Kinnane, from Grafton.
Responding to comments made by Assistant Minister for Employment, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, Mr Kinnane said he had worn his hair long most of his life.
"I rose through the ranks of the Commonwealth Bank, from teller to commercial lending manager," he said.
"I don't think my hair was ever a problem - the only person who complains about it is my mum."
Earlier this week, Mr Hartsuyker was promoting the government's Work for the Dole program as a possible solution to youth unemployment.
Using the results of a recent survey to bolster his argument, Mr Hartsuyker pointed out young people were more likely to get a job if they had a haircut and a tidy-up first.
Conducted by the Department of Employment, the survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences asked more than a thousand employers about changes young job-seekers can make to improve their employment prospects.
"About half the responding employers said the best action many young people can take is to improve their attitude or physical presentation," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"Employers reported the lack of commitment to work displayed by many young people resulted in them not having the necessary enthusiasm, reliability or initiative required to make an effective contribution.
"Employers are seeking commitment, teamwork and punctuality from employees - all qualities which Work for the Dole can instil in young job seekers."
From next month, long-term unemployed job-seekers aged 18-30 in selected locations around Australia will be required to participate in work for the dole activities for about 15 hours per week for six months.