Amazing – presentation helps with jobs

February 17th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Maya Croll-Wright, 19, has several years of experience in hospitality, strong motivation and an outgoing personality. Yet, she struggles to find a job. Why? She has tattoos, blue hair and describes herself as overweight.

“I have had countless job interviews after applying for every job I can find. But as soon as they see me in person, it all goes downhill.”

In the past two months, Croll-Wright says she had about 20 interviews for jobs in cafes, shops and restaurants around Christchurch. She has been rejected from every one.

Then change the hair colour, and maybe you should have fewer visible tattoos until you have more work experience. In front line customer service roles, presentation is a fact of life. If that is where you want to work, then you may need to compromise on how you wish to look. It is less of an issue in back room roles.

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35 Responses to “Amazing – presentation helps with jobs”

  1. Huevon (229 comments) says:

    Ugly, obese, covered in dirty tats and with no sense of personal responsibility – could be the majority of NZ employees.

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  2. jp_1983 (237 comments) says:

    But what if she had a ta-moko?

    This story would have played out so differently

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  3. WineOh (636 comments) says:

    “All of them pretty much said they were happy to hire me as long as I dyed my hair.”

    … so… problem solved you would have thought.

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  4. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    FFS – *what is it* with young people nowadays who think that they can swan into a job looking like a punk rocker?

    Blue hair and tats – yeah, *they’ll* help you get a job – NOT.

    Does this woman not realise that there is *competition* for jobs? That means that if two similarly-able people show up, you can guarantee that the employer will pick the one who does NOT look like a punk rocker.

    No sympathy at all for this woman from my neck of the woods.

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  5. Nostalgia-NZ (5,320 comments) says:

    But her individuality is important to her, she wants to be accepted for her inner self – a creep.

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  6. Manolo (14,169 comments) says:

    Scum, trash, and lumpen are some of the adjectives that come to mind after reading her description.

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  7. Simon (780 comments) says:

    She seems to have the right attitude which is good and wants to work in the private sector.

    Working in cafes etc is hard work. Fat people are better suited to government work. But hope she sticks at trying to find a job in the real world.

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  8. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    lmao i guess its a good excuse. “i want to work but i have blue hair :( if only i didnt have blue hair wah wah wah ah well, back to bed. set the alarm for dr phil”

    Being a westie shitbag when at uni, Dime had glorious long hair. Two days before i finished uni, short hair. I didnt expect anyone to employ me with long hair. wasnt that hard.

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  9. moaningmoa (68 comments) says:

    She just needs to look for work closer to the student areas, where rainbow hair is not only accepted but almost expected from hospo staff.

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  10. stephen2d (99 comments) says:

    One of the best barista I know, and in Christchurch, has so many tattoos and piercings that I wonder how she goes through a metal detector. Yet, she is one of the most highly sought people in the hospitality industry. So, sunshine, I don’t think you not getting a job has anything to do with your looks. Probably your skills or attitude!

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  11. Nigel Kearney (1,097 comments) says:

    The requirement for customer interaction makes this easy. I would have more sympathy for her if it was a job with no face to face contact with customers. But even then, an employer for a low level role will have a number of applications from people they don’t know much about, so is naturally going to make generalizations from past experience of people with tattoos and wierd hair. Most likely the experience of the employer will be that such people tend to have lower than average honesty and work ethic. Yes, it’s a sort of prejudice and it would be better to treat people as individuals, but there isn’t the time to do that when dealing with applicants for that sort of rolel.

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  12. Mrs Trellis (34 comments) says:

    Silly Name Syndrome as well….

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  13. big bruv (14,218 comments) says:

    There is of course more to this story yet to play out.

    When this moron has been unemployed for a few more years and wakes up to the fact that he scribble, weight and hair colour are holding her back from getting work (and lets be honest here, this parasite does not really want to work) she will have her scribble removed.

    Guess who is going to pay for that?

    Yep, the good old tax payer.

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  14. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    I wish so-called journalists would ask themselves “Is this news?” before they report this kind of story. I really don’t want to know about an obese, tattooed woman with blue hair having a hard time finding a job. That’s what Facebook is for.

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  15. Weihana (4,621 comments) says:

    In front line customer service roles, presentation is a fact of life…

    …It is less of an issue in back room roles.

    It’s an issue wherever you work. People hiring you don’t know you. Your CV may give them some insight but ultimately they won’t know what kind of person you are before hiring you so people make assumptions based on things like your appearance.

    In some cases this may work in her favour. If it were a Cafe whose clientele was “hipster” or something else that favoured non-conformity then she may have an advantage in a job interview. If the clientele is the general public however an employer might be more inclined towards a more conservative appearance, not only because of appearance but also what your appearance might say about your attitude.

    Conforming your appearance for employment purposes is a fact of life.

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  16. safesally (47 comments) says:

    We run a small business which some think of as less desirable and we have limits on tattoos; they must be small and inconspicuous. Contractors with more than two small tattoos have a bad affect on our business. Preference is given to those with no tattoos at all.

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  17. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    She will definitely be either a Green or Labourite, with a lot of union connections, and completely devoid of work ethics. Is she studying sociology? Most losers follow this path of waste!

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  18. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Well I generally prefer the sort of cafes where you are served by someone with tats, blue hair etc. (I get quite enough corporate vanilla at work.)

    But as a general rule for job seekers, DPF is absolutely correct. A lot of people don’t want weirdoes.. so don’t be a weirdo.

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  19. Scott (1,807 comments) says:

    I think the reason for the story is the desire to find the last bastion of discrimination – slim good-looking people as opposed to chubby, plain looking people. Why do we discriminate in favour of good-looking people? Shouldn’t there be a law against it? Isn’t that breaking the human rights act or something?

    The fact is that people do discriminate. While tattoos are quite fashionable at the moment it is still a fact that people with tattoos are viewed as more promiscuous and more likely to drink alcohol. Apparently studies have been done on this.

    I’d always advise people to stay away from tattoos. Some people like them but many people do not. Also if you have blue hair and an outlandish appearance it can affect your job chances. Why not cover up your tattoos and dye your hair something normal? If you want a job surely it’s a small price to pay?

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  20. Manolo (14,169 comments) says:

    Is she studying sociology? Most losers follow this path of waste!

    Could she be stephieboy’s Women’s Studies classmate?

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  21. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Most people under 45 have tattoos, the cultural taboo against them are dying out.

    Interestingly, Asian people seem to draw negative inferences from them, in Japan a tattoo implies criminal. In Auckland at least the vast majority of cafes are owned by asians, wonder if it’s the same in Chch and this is going against her.

    I’d have no issues hiring this girl, she clearly wants to work and is keen.

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  22. Longknives (4,956 comments) says:

    Waah! I can’t get a job because I refuse to ‘conform’ with society!
    Can I have some compensation please?

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  23. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Alan: If you are in a position to offer her a job why don’t you make it public? Yeh right!

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  24. Kimble (3,955 comments) says:

    I’d have no issues hiring this girl, she clearly wants to work and is keen.

    Not keen enough to lose the weight, hair, and cover up the tattoos though.

    She is someone who would much prefer to complain about other people than make changes in her own life.

    Yep. Stellar employee material right there.

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  25. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    Personally, I don’t like being served by people covered in tats or with metal stuck all through their lips, brows and noses and cheeks. It puts me off my food and given the abundance of choice, I will always go to a restaurant or cafe where the server is not so decorated. I am sure that others have no problems with it. The woman in this story needs to find some employer who doesn’t care about it. As it is, she is just whinging.

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  26. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    Should I approach a cafe counter and cop an eyeful of the image conjured it would need to be the only option for another hour and a serious urge for caffeine to continue the quest!

    I guess too many cafe managers know their customers mores.

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  27. Shunda barunda (2,986 comments) says:

    Just more crap from people that want all the benefits of a civilized country with none of the responsibility.

    If you want to take an alternative approach to your appearance, then fine, go nuts, but don’t piss and moan because your decision reduces your potential employer pool.

    The subtle message in fluff pieces like this is that the world owes misfits, the insecure, and the just plain immature, validation for every stupid decision they make.

    I don’t have to validate her decision to look like Smurfette, I don’t have to like her tattoos, I don’t have to find her beautiful and attractive.

    I am fucking sick and tired of the lowest common denominator being held up high by stupid fluff based media with nothing better to do. They imply these people are somehow the purest of society just trying to be their free spirited selves fighting to survive in a world that doesn’t understand them.
    The truth is, the world does understand them, they aren’t freedom loving free spirits, they are almost always angry pissed off insecure people with a chip on their shoulder a mile wide.

    Grow up little girl, the world doesn’t owe you the red carpet treatment.

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  28. Duxton (658 comments) says:

    “…and describes herself as overweight.”

    ie, she is an absolutely huge tub of lard.

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  29. Harriet (5,200 comments) says:

    It’s not that long ago when fat gross chicks and tattooed blokes used to be a paid circus act – and now thanks to the feminists and the MSM, if they’re not being fucken celebrated over then there is something wrong with the rest of society.

    Well no.

    She’s still a circus act – a progressive circus act. :cool:

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  30. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Harriet – it’s not that long ago that cowards were tied to posts and placed in no-man’s land to absorb german bullets.

    Now, free speech and the development of the internet means we get to listen to your cowardly abuse and cheap shots all day.

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  31. Harriet (5,200 comments) says:

    “…..Harriet – it’s not that long ago that cowards were tied to posts and placed in no-man’s land to absorb german bullets….”

    You mean for saying things like this RRM:

    Dot Commie’s New Fat Bitch. :cool:

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  32. Tattooedandemployed (1 comment) says:

    I’m heavily tattooed and i work for a very well respected accounting firm. I’m on front desk & I’m the first thing that greets clients as they walk through the door. My tattoos don’t effect my work ethic & i only ever receive compliments, not complaints. I think those of you against tattooed people getting jobs are very narrow minded.

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  33. cha (4,139 comments) says:

    Congratulations for fronting on the box Maya – bigger balls than Bridges I reckon.

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  34. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    “Asian people seem to draw negative inferences from them”

    That’s a huge assumption – tattoos are common and traditional in a lot of Asian cultures.

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  35. maya (1 comment) says:

    Hey ya’ll nasty troll bitches, I’d just like to put my 2 cents worth in here and say that I was ASKED to participate in the first of a series of articles on discrimination, it had nothing to do with crying to the media about not being able to find a job. I was sought out. The article was published over a week after I was interviewed and by that time had found a job looking after disabled adults.

    I didn’t expect it to get as big as it did and I agreed to the TV interview purely because it was an amazing way to go out of my comfort zone and apologetically be myself, although I thought the whole thing wasn’t newsworthy. Nothing to with being a whiney bitch. Also: Mike Hoskings is a twat.

    Soo yeah, enjoy your soul destroying office jobs that give you far too much time to troll things like this on the internet (I mean because you have to do SOMETHING other than lament your meaningless, wasted existences as you rot away in a cubicle every day of the week, right?) and I will enjoy taking care of and having outings with the most special and wonderful people I’ve met. Cheers.

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