"I am old enough to have learned how things work in the business world. Whenever I took a hard look at how jobs are filled in companies, almost all the middle to upper management were filled by.... close blood relatives or inlaws of the person doing the hiring, political connections, and females who look like porn stars, almost all the MEN were stuck at the bottom of the organizational chart."
Sure, lots of businesses still care about academics at first glance, but trust me, connections matter just as much, if not more. A good word from someone important filters you out form the rest of the same old resumes. Being conventionally attractive helps too, but we all can't have that one.