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Chinese Grads Having Plastic Surgery to Look ‘Perfect’ for Job Interviews

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:46am

According to the news site Metro UK, shockingly, increasing numbers of Chinese graduates are getting cosmetic surgery to help them ace their job interviews.

Times are tough for grads, but spare a thought for those in China where record numbers are graduating – 7.26 million this month, seven times more than 15 years ago – while unemployment rates among new graduates six months after they leave school is believed to be around 30 percent. 

So, according to The Debrief, to give them that little bit of edge in the competitive job market, some are taking drastic measures.

One 24-year-old job hunter interviewed, who wishes to remain anonymous, says: ‘When two candidates with similar ability compete for the same position, there’s no doubt that the interviewer will choose that prettier one.’ It is standard practice in China to enclose a picture with your CV.

She elected to have eyelid surgery, giving her a Western double-fold lid, a popular look in Asia. She believes the surgery has ‘really changed something’ and will improve her chances of landing her dream job.

Meanwhile, Jing from Guangzhou, who graduates soon, says she had a nose job, facial surgery and liposuction to help her land her dream job in real-estate.

‘It can definitely improve your prospects and competitive power,’ says Dr Song from the Shanghai East Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. He believes surgery not only makes the most of your appearance, but it also boosts self-esteem, which is key to successful job hunting.

And with billboards placed outside universities bombarding students with messages such as ‘Summer break is perfect for transformation. Will you consider it?’, many are being tempted.

But, surely the question the powers that be should be asking is how things got so desperate in the job market that young people are actually considering major surgery to get ahead.

- Alison Lynch, Metro UK

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