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With limited openings in so many industries, it's hard not to obsess over each little detail that could be standing in the way of you and your future dream job. Not just employment history and education concerns; one South Florida medispa feels your advanced age could be a factor.

That's right, if you think companies discriminate against your years in the interview process, Fort Lauderdale's Tribeca Medaesthetics is offering an essay contest with a prize of up to $3,000 in free cosmetic work . . . if you can explain your unemployment circumstances and why you want need treatments like Botox, lipolysis, and waxing to look more competitive in this competitive market.

Targeting job seekers in their 30s (!) and older, the top 20 unemployment explanations win. While my mind is full of questions — Are looks everything for jobs, too? Wouldn't the dates on résumés give you away anyway? — if you live in Florida, it's up to you to answer the contest ad. For everyone else: Is this a creative way to get yourself noticed, or wrong on so many levels?


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ok whoever wrote this.. needs to chill out!!!
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
I really believe that pple are discriminated by looks all the time, and alike norabora, I am consistently discriminated for looking too young. I'm also 24, 5" and I get interviews here and there (so obviously, there is nothing wrong with my credibility), but every time I go in, I get the feeling that people are sizing me up and down. I've even caught looks as I leave from interviewers that looks like they don't think I can perform the same job that an older looking 24 year old can. It's extremely frustrating and I DO understand that I look 12, but it doesn't mean younger looking/baby faced pple are incapable of having a job. I was a design major so I dress well, so it's not that I'm not professional looking too. ARgh, just talking about it frustrates me! I feel you norabora! some people!
norabora norabora 7 years
though the botox aspect of this is absurd, i think people absolutely discriminate based on looks all the time. though i'm on the other end of the problem- i feel like i am often discriminated against for looking young (i'm 24, but i'm also 5'1" and am mistaken for a high schooler more often than i would like to admit). i'm not complaining about looking young, but i would really like a job. ha.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Dear god...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
In my experience your employer is going to know your age either by your application or when they do a background check. You're not hiding anything and if they don't want you because of your age then you don't want to work there anyway.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 7 years
That's just sad. Really sad that people are supposedly valued less in the job market as they age. Age discrimination should be illegal, just like racial discrimination.
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