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No chance, Chinese airline tells ‘ugly’ job hopefuls

By The Metro | November 11th 2013
Another young hopeful offers her hands for inspection

You’ve spent hours on your CV, listed your skills and experience and made sure you have the best references for your dream job as an air hostess.

Unfortunately, the chances are you will still be denied even an interview in China because your face doesn’t fit – literally.

Image is everything in the communist country and only women with the ‘correct’ height and body shape will be granted a hearing.

Each hopeful in Shanghai will have their face measured and will be rigorously checked for scars, blemishes and other ‘imperfections’.

And all for the chance to be in the running for a job at a Chinese airline.

Some Chinese companies have been accused of sexism for placing too much importance on the value of how female workers look.

It is not uncommon for employers to demand job applicants include photographs, height measurements and details of their marital status.

The country’s Spring Airlines recently made headlines when it announced that women aged up to the grand age of 45 could work there.

Doug Young, a correspondent for Shanghai Daily, said: ‘These changes are really quite small and still exclude a huge portion of potential applicants.

‘But from a mind-set perspective, it’s a significant first step in dismantling the stereotype that all Chinese flight attendants must be peppy, attractive 20-somethings.’

Adapted from The Metro

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