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China – If your face fits… welcome aboard

08 November 2013

Landing a job has become increasingly difficult in recent years. Applicants spend hours writing and re-writing their CVs in hopes of standing out from the crowd and securing a job. For an airline in China, however, it comes down to whether or not your face fits… literally.

Image is everything in the communist country, according to the Metro, and only women with the ‘correct’ height and body shape will be granted an interview. Each job applicant in Shanghai will have their face measured and will be rigorously checked for scars, blemishes, and other so-called ‘imperfections’.

Some companies in China have been accused of sexism for placing so much emphasis on how female workers look. It is not uncommon for employers to demand job applicants include photographs, height measurements, and details of their marital status.

Another airline in China, Spring Airlines, recently made headlines by announcing that women could continue to work for the company up to age 45.

Doug Young, a correspondent for Shanghai Daily, commented: “these changes are really quite small and still exclude a high 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.” 

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