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Could it be my hair colour?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by best75, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. This post sounds a bit ridiculous but a friend brought up something I'd never thought of before. I'm just about to finish my PGCE and had two interviews for jobs and didn't get either of them. I'm female, in early 20's, with very blonde hair and a bit topy heavy and not bad looking.. You know, typical stereotypical blonde girl one might think. However I have great qualifications and two very successful school placements.. so I am wondering if anyone here thinks I wouldn't be able to get a job just because of my hair colour?
     
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I think your friend needs a good slap to be honest!

    Obviously if you went to the interview with your assets peeping out the top of a very low cut tight blouse and flipped your hair about flirtatiously while acting a 'dumb blonde' then such things might be relevant. But the reason you wouldn't have got the post even then was your behaviour not your hair colour or the existence of breasts.

    I'm assuming you didn't do any of those things though, so no hair colour and boobs have no relevance at all in a teaching interview.

    You have had two interviews and didn't get either. That is not all that many to be honest. Think about the feedback you got and work on those things next time. Keep applying, using all the hints and guidance here and you will get a post in a school that is perfect for you.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Funnily enough, I was expecting you to say that you have red hair.
    Not because I have anything against that, but because recently someone told me that her feedback after an unsuccessful application was the colour of her hair. This particular hair was a rather attractive natural dark red, but whatever colour it had been, it shouldn't impact on your success or not. I was flabbergasted hearing about the feedback. What are schools about!
    However, I think that Minnie is correct in identifying a possible pitfall for some applicants. In clothing, make-up and mannerisms, remember:
    You are trying to get appointed, not dated.
    Unfortunately we do sometimes see applicants in low-cut tops or very short skirts. Or overall too-tight clothes and jangly, clattering jewellery. It is distracting, it is unprofessional, it shows poor judgment.
    I am not saying this to Best75, but as a general comment to all the other posters who may read this.
    Keep everything professional.
    See posts 12 and 13 in this thread:
    <h3>Interview clothes </h3>Best wishes
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars


    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Thank you- I know what he said is a bit ridiculous, I just needed some reassurance from someone else I guess! Of course I didn't do any of those things, I'm always dressed (and act) very professionally :) Hopefully will get a job soon, have an interview in a few weeks.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Two points here; no, three!
    Firstly, well done for getting that interview.
    Secondly don't let this stop you applying for other jobs in the meantime!
    Thirdly - have you opened the Welcome thread and read the clickables inside there? Very good advice!
    Best of luck.
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars


    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!
     

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