Blue-haired jobseeker lands job

CECILE MEIER
Last updated 08:11 18/02/2014
Maya Croll-Wright
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WRONG PACKAGE: Maya Croll-Wright, 19, believes that the way she looks, rather than who she is, is playing against her in the quest for a job.

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Maya Croll-Wright finally found a job despite her blue hair and tattoos. 

After two months struggling to find a job, an employer finally gave her a chance.

Marilyn Paston, from Christchurch's Chris Ruth Centre, said she selected the 19 year-old because of "the way she presented herself, her personality and her happiness".

Paston gave her a job to help people with disabilities in the centre.

"It's about her being a person and I don't see how her having tattoos or blue hair will prevent her from doing her job," the employer said.

"It's the 21st century - we've got to move on and give young people a chance."

Before that, Croll-Wright had about 20 interviews for jobs in cafes, shops and restaurants around Christchurch. She had been rejected from every one.

On the phone, employers were enthusiastic, she said, but they looked her up and down when the interview came. 

She was enthusiastic about her new job, and relieved to be able to keep her personality.

"I couldn't be happier. It's is a fulfilling, meaningful job, and it's fun, too!"

Her advice to people who struggle to find a job because of their looks?

 "Keep going, reach out to people and get your voice heard."

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