Survival of the Fittest

As we help recent grads find jobs, we’ve noticed a fair number of fashion/media/entertainment companies posting job ads for receptionist or assistant
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As we help recent grads find jobs, we’ve noticed a fair number of fashion/media/entertainment companies posting job ads for receptionist or assistant
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As we help recent grads find jobs, we’ve noticed a fair number of fashion/media/entertainment companies posting job ads for receptionist or assistant positions. Like this one, for example. All of that is pretty normal, but read the ad closely and you notice that the receptionist should also serve as the company’s fit model. What's a "fit model"? It's a girl with a perfect body, who helps designers measure clothes on a real person. Meanwhile, the job of a receptionist is basically to answer the phone and say hi to people when they walk in to an office. We don’t see an obvious overlap between these two skill sets. Unless we go by this conspiracy theory: Equal Opportunity Employment means that you can’t hire someone based on their looks, ethnicity, religion, etc. So, if you were an image-conscious fashion house that only wanted to hire an extremely thin receptionist – one way to get around the non-discrimination laws would be to make part of the receptionist’s job description require being thin. And so the receptionist/fit model job position is created. Alison says: There’s a very fine line between managing your brand’s image and illegal hiring discrimination. Faran says: What if a small design company can't afford both a receptionist and a fit model, and so they need to use one person? You say: ________________ --ALISON COOL