You are NOT hired, because you are NOT skinny!
March 6, 2008 11:38am CST
I came across to this classified when I was browsing one of the most popular forum that I always visit. This is the first time i saw "being skinny" as one of the requirement to get hired. I just want to share it out in this discussion and get your opinions whether do you think if these advertisement is appropriate. Is it okay to specify body size as a requirement on the classified? Some people might just thought, "oh! well, it is better to be stated as it saves my time from going for interview." Somehow, i feel that we shouldn't eliminate the chances for job seekers that are NOT skinny. What are the qualification for a Good promoter? Isn't it being respnsible, self-motivated, agressive, etc etc..
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7 Mar 08
hi serena_wai hahaa, is this really happening ?? wow.. !! well, hard to say but this is really a common discrimination issue everyone should have the same chance for a job but too bad, i also experience that too in your case, the job offering is as a beauty sales this is very cliche, but it always happened the image of a tall slim girl is always an attractive image for most people and very suitable for fashion products by being slim, they'll look good in every clothes they wear and their appearance and etc.. in my case as a bank supervisor, there's a female requirement for the marketing team on the paper, it was written 'good looking' and when we did the interview, the manager told us to pick the girl which is tall, long haired, and has pretty face first having the position as a front-liner (marketing) demanding a good appearance, that is what the manager said but on the field, the less beautiful girl is more competitive than the physically look good one even the fact prove differently, the managers still prefer a good physic one my sister has an opinion which i think quite make sense by looking good, you'll have more attention from people thanks.. ^^
7 Mar 08
Oh really? Being a woman myself, i like looking at beautiful girls, however, if i were the employer, i will pay attention hiring people that help me to earn money, not earning attention from public.:p I agree with the point that every job has their requirement. Most of the time we see "neat and pleasant looking", but seldom do we see 'skinny' in classified. A lot of adults need to re-educate.
• United States
7 Mar 08
This obviously is wrong. It's job discrimination and if someone wanted to take them to court, they probably could through the ACLU and get a pretty sum of money from the people that enjoy making sure BB women can't get jobs. But hey, here's to hoping someone does take this/these idiots to court. I'd like to see someone go down for fat discrimation.
• United States
6 Mar 08
to be honest heavy women can be just a beautifull as skinny women. I have had many men tell me they prefer to have a women with meat on her bones over a women who is skin and bones. To me the most important thing is whether or not she can do her job the way the company wants it done. There is more to selling a product than just looking good.
7 Mar 08
Well, although I don't agree with in in principle, in this case I think I can depending on the product to be promoted, understand the reason. If the job is to promote a beauty product the idea is to make it sell. Given the fact that people's perception has a lot to do with what they buy and that unfortunately being "skinny" is perceived as beauty, it is possible that the product would sell more if promoted by someone that is within those standards. It doesn't make it right, but it makes some sort of sense. I'm afraid that in this case even if this requirement was not specified when it came to choose the person for the job it would be a factor, so this way it does save time for both interviewer and interviewed. Do I agree? No really. But I'm afraid that that's the way it works.
7 Mar 08
Hi Serena, Is that aid even allowed? It seems quite likely for it to raise some public outcry if it is noted. All companies have certain requirements for all their jobs. Some are written; some are not. If you are the company wanting to hire a emaciated lassy as promoter, then that is one of your unwritten requirements. Some things just can't be put on paper. Maybe the company just thought it is being nice... you know, not wanting to waste people's time and all, but the thing is, it would have been more prudent for it not to mention it. I repeat: All companies have requirements for their jobs. Don't be deceived that this is a fair world. Fairness is an invented word to mollify the gullible.
8 Mar 08
let us put it this way, if let us say you own a fashion store that caters to skinny people, would you hire someone who is not? if you own a company and you have invested on an image for your company then you have to specify to possible clients that these are you requirements for the job. it is not wrong and these companies does not descriminate. again, would you you hire an intelligent high school graduate for a managerial position?