Most women will agonize over making sure their CV is up to scratch – but the secret to securing a job may be as simple as wearing a low-cut dress to the interview, a study has found. New research suggests that female applicants who included a photo of themselves in revealing clothing (probably exposing a bit of their boobs) were 19 times more likely to secure an interview.

The study, which was revealed at a body image conference in London on Tuesday, was conducted in Paris and covered the chances of earning a job interview for sales and accounting positions. Carried out by Dr Sevag Kertechian, a researcher at Paris-Sorbonne University, the study was intended to discover just what impact clothing could have on the recruitment process.