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How much does my weight affect my interviews for a Dental Hygiene job?

How much does my weight affect my interviews for a Dental Hygiene job? The last time I looked for a position, I was thinner than I am now. I have been working for about three years at an office and did progressively put on weight and recently was relieved of my job for another reason about paperwork (unfounded). Any truthful input? I really need to work.



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This is a tough one because unfortunately, any employer can either consciously or unconsciously discriminate based on weight, dental offices included. It’s sad because weight has no bearing on your skills. Being overweight certainly doesn’t change how you scale, treat patients, or are a team player. With that said, if you aren’t hired because an employer doesn’t like how you look, you probably don’t want to work there anyway. To be clear, I am in no way condoning weight discrimination. It is disgusting and unacceptable if it is happening.

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Don’t beat yourself up! My office has tons of racial and weight diversity. My DDS doesn’t care if you are heavy, drop dead gorgeous and blonde, wear a hijab, wear your hair in an easy bun, wear a wig, etc. Most people will not care. I understand the stress bc I’m not as thin as I used to be but what matters most is likability. Are you easy to talk to and friendly? That’s all that matters! Go GURL! There are some offices I’ve interviewed at where everyone looks like a supermodel and it can get discouraging but hang in there. Some office somewhere will be so excited to have you as a part of the team. I feel like my chubbiness makes me more relateble like “Ok I’m an RDH so I floss 2x per day but I know its hard to make lifestyle changes, I’m not perfect either, no judgement here” kinda thing.

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