From the cub reporters imagining themselves as the Woodward and Bernstein of All the President's Men to the forensic science students inspired by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, young people flock to careers made suddenly glamorous by dramas that highlight professions' importance and downplay their tedium.
Glamour according to Postrel is an edited vision of the world that highlights its exciting parts and hides the rest. Young people, she notes, are particularly susceptible to glamour - because, I assume, they lack experience so they are easily taken in.
One could say, perhaps, that all sales people are in the glamour business, putting their best foot forward and trying to hide the rest. And that's what Job Search Coaches teach their clients to do, isn't it?
Here's Postrel again (edited).
Glamour is an illusion. The image is not entirely false, but it is deceptive. Its allure is created by obscuring or ignoring some details while heightening others. That selection may reflect deliberate craft. Or it may happen unconsciously, when an audience notices appealing characteristics and ignores discordant elements. In either case, glamour requires the audience's innocence or, more often, willing suspension of disbelief.
European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion.
"The best photographers are the best liars," said the 20th-century fashion photographer Norman Parkinson, who was known for the glamour of his work. Even when it arises unintentionally, glamour presents an edited version of reality.
Comment: My friend, the Funny Banker, told me that all sales is lying and in this sense that's true, too.