Obesity and Job Searches

1 Apr

Do you think potential employers look down on people who are overweight or obese?  I can’t help but wonder if the interviewer forms an opinion of you based on your weight.

The thing I hear the most is that people think those who are obese are lazy.  Which could be construed in a job setting that you aren’t a hard worker.

In my case, nothing could be further from the truth.  It’s a shame that I have – and most likely will continue – to lose job opportunities because of my obesity.  You can’t say “Wait a second, I’m not lazy!” or “I’m on Weight Watchers and losing weight!  Give me some time!”

Aside from being awkward in conversation, they don’t carry much weight (pardon the pun).

At the end of the day, you try to tell yourself that THEY are the ones missing out.  But it definitely comes back full circle and makes me wonder if *I* am the one missing out.

And then I realize I wouldn’t want to work for a company that passes such judgement.  I’m good at the work I do – and this isn’t a modeling assignment I’m applying for.  😛

Would love to hear your thoughts!


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