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'Eiffel Tower' nosejob: Chinese students turn to plastic surgery to beat other job candidates

Published time: November 22, 2013 14:55
A patient waits for her so-called "double eyelid surgery", which adds a crease to the eyelids to make the eyes appear larger, to begin in a plastic surgery clinic in Shanghai (Reuters/Nir Elias)

A patient waits for her so-called "double eyelid surgery", which adds a crease to the eyelids to make the eyes appear larger, to begin in a plastic surgery clinic in Shanghai (Reuters/Nir Elias)

With a record 7 million graduates entering China’s job market this year, candidates are resorting to every means to improve their chances – even turning to plastic surgery modeled on France's Eiffel Tower to appear more attractive to employers.

Because of China's economic slowing growth, the country's state media dubbed 2013 “the toughest ever year” for graduates. The statistics say it all; around 10 percent of recent university graduates are unemployed, more than double China's official unemployment rate for the general population, according to a June survey by MyCOS, a Beijing-based education consultancy. 

There’s also a not-so-obvious downside to the lack of jobs. Chinese employers prefer attractive job candidates, at times even posting height requirements in vacancies.

Graduates are eager to gain an advantage over other candidates by going under the knife. 

"Some students face a lot of employment pressure after graduation, if their facial features are good, they'll have more chance of finding a job," surgeon Wang Xuming told AFP.

Xu Yang, 26, who is from Beijing, said she underwent liposuction this year partly to help her find a job.

"I was fat, and after surgery, finding a job can be easier," she said. 

"Employers sometimes care more about your appearance than your experience, especially for white-collar jobs."

Across the southwestern city of Chongqing, for instance, posters advertise the "Eiffel Tower", a $9,800 plastic surgery nose job.

"We've been influenced by the beauty of the Eiffel Tower, we don't just add to the nose, but rebuild it," surgeon Wang Xuming said, adding that he performs around a dozen such operations each month.

China is just behind the US and Brazil for the number of plastic surgery operations performed every year, and the market is rapidly expanding, growing up to 40 percent annually.

Comments (3)

 

Kim Thomson 27.11.2013 15:41

She is try to get this jobs, that's why she is going for plastic surgery

 

catcrapcookies 22.11.2013 17:12

Chris Creamer 22.11.2013 15:09

Most people in business in China get to where they are based on who they know and not what they know. Working in technology, this can become infuriating because the people who are supposed to know what they are doing don't have a clue.

  


Thats everywhere my friend. It one of the main reasons I started working for myself ages ago.

 

Chris Creamer 22.11.2013 15:09

Most people in business in China get to where they are based on who they know and not what they know. Working in technology, this can become infuriating because the people who are supposed to know what they are doing don't have a clue.

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