Early last year, my mom suggested that I wear a wig to job interviews because she thought my short haircut might hinder my chances of being employed in this tough economy.
Her rationale was simple. In her era, it’s a known fact that African-American women with short, natural haircuts turn hiring managers off because their appearance is threatening and less feminine. Regardless of the woman’s skills or personality, long, straight hair usually equates to beauty, intelligence, and success.
My initial response was:
Now mother, let’s not walk down that road again!
As I pondered her well intentioned recommendation, I thought to myself, we should discuss it. After all, your skills and personality are not the only attributes you’re judged on during an interview. In fact, your outward appearance may trump your skills at some companies.
From the soulful words of Stevie Wonder, thinking back on when I, was a little nappy headed girl, I reminded her of how she and my dad raised me in one of the most eclectic and nonconforming cities in the world, San Francisco. The city by the Bay exposed me to a wide swath of nationalities, lifestyles, and people of all economic statuses who expressed themselves in a variety of ways. While some of those ways in some societies today would turn a potential employer off, or worse, land them in jail, I’ve met too many people in my life who’ve not conformed for the sake of fitting in.
On the other hand, when confronted with competition from more than 9 million unemployed boomers, millennials, and my own Gen X comrades, perhaps now was the time to conform.
Ultimately, I decided not to wear a wig to the interview of my most recent position and was hired for what was in my head, not on top of it.
Have you ever conformed to fit into an organization’s culture, or, to be excepted by someone you thought wouldn’t find you desirable? If so, did it make you feel true to yourself or dishonest?
In a disaster zone, whether it’s the aftermath of a tornado or on a battleground, emergency medical personnel have to work fast to save lives. In an effort to speed good care, scientists have developed a handheld, battery-operated “flashlight” that can instantly sterilize wounds by beaming plasma at bacteria.
Number of calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a toll-free number that helps people quit smoking, last week — the first week of the CDC’s $54 million graphic antismoking ad campaign. The phone line had received fewer than 14,500 calls the week before. Views of the government’s quit-smoking website also rose, from about 20,000 to about 66,000. These are the largest spikes in traffic that the seven-year-old phone line and website have ever seen. [via Associated Press]
Sodas, even diet versions, have no place in our daily, weekly or monthly diet. Time to deprogram our minds and stop contaminating ourselves with liquid candy crack.
If some public-health advocates have their way, sodas could become the cigarettes of food. Doctors already dislike the sugary drinks for their teeth-dissolving properties and for the role they may play in childhood obesity. There’s a constant struggle to get soda vending machines out of public schools, with administrators often forced to choose between losing sponsorship money from big soda companies and dealing with overcaffeinated, less healthy kids. Given the sheer size of the American soda industry — 9.4 billion cases of soft drinks were sold in the U.S. in 2009 — it’s not a war that will end anytime soon. Especially if a certain C word starts getting thrown around.
That’s what the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is doing. The consumer watchdog group yesterday wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring…
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