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Would you hire an ugly candidate?

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It has been brought to my attention by Mashable that, a dating site which only allows, well, beautiful people to join as members, has decided to start a job site.

That’s right, employers will now be able to find candidates based on their looks.

This conversation has been going on for a while now. Abercrombie and Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries recently came under fire for comments he made years ago about wanting only good looking people to shop in and work for the chain.

“That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that,” Jeffries said in a 2006 interview with Salon.

But the world is not perfect. I know this because apparently not every beautiful person has employers queuing around the block with job offers.

British woman Laura Fernee stepped forward last month to admit she’s been unemployed since 2011 because she was constantly being hit on by male colleagues, while female co-workers were “jealous” of her looks.

Okay, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and believe it is annoying to not be able to get any work done in between all the compliments from colleagues. Yes, it must be uncomfortable, but surely it can’t be a big enough issue that she’s been unable to secure employment for two years.

If you’re going to be a boss who will only hire attractive looking staffers, do education, people skills and experience mean nothing to you?

What happens when your attractive employee messes up at work? Are you going to let them off once they start batting their eyelashes and pouting their lips?

Can we also quickly address how demoralising and degrading it must be to know the only reason you got a job is because of your looks? I have a little too much pride to be alright with that, and I hope you do too.

Yes, it’s flattering when your looks are acknowledged, and honestly, no one is ever going to get tired of a compliment. But if you’re going to leave something as crucial as your career in the hands of Aphrodite and Adonis, then I hope someone calls you out on it.

It’s true (sadly) that there are a handful of industries which will always favour better looking people, but in my opinion that’s as far as it should go.

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