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Old October 7th, 2012, 08:48 PM
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I applied to work on Carnival Cruise as an Entertainment Staff. I got a call back for an interview.
I am 5'5 and about 240 lbs. Considered overweight. Will they still hire me? I don't recall seeing any overweight staff when I was on my cruise in the Spring...
Am I just being paranoid? I am not ill or anything...not on any meds, etc.
I also sent in pictures when I applied...so if they looked at my resume, they would have known?
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I have seen performers and staff on Carnival ships that were above their ideal weight, but did an excellent job. (Being above my ideal weight, I notice these things.) Good Luck on your interview!
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I think personality is the key! I've been on over 35 cruises and seen Cruise Staff of all shapes and sizes. It's the smile, the energy, the "I can do it" attitude that they are looking for!

Good luck and hope to see you onboard soon!
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Old October 17th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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I applied to work on Carnival Cruise as an Entertainment Staff. I got a call back for an interview.
I am 5'5 and about 240 lbs. Considered overweight. Will they still hire me? I don't recall seeing any overweight staff when I was on my cruise in the Spring...
Am I just being paranoid? I am not ill or anything...not on any meds, etc.
I also sent in pictures when I applied...so if they looked at my resume, they would have known?
I too am overweight, so I know of what I speak......

The reality is that yes, in a competitive work environment especially one where appearance and Corporate image is so important your weight is going to negatively impact your employability.

I hate to sound harsh, but the truth is that you are not "considered overweight" you are (as am I) morbidly obese....The most simple of concerns is that your obesity WILL eventually take it's toll and have a negative impact on your health. Nobody wants to hire and be responsible for medical expenses of an individual that will statistically cost them money in the long run.

Most people think that fat people are slow, unmotivated, undisciplined, indulgent and lazy. It's not an image that can easily be incorporated into the high energy, high activity job requirements of the entertainment department.

You are competing against young pretty hard bodies. If you were the HR person and can be honest with yourself given the choice, who would you hire?

I've been on 27 carnival cruise and with the exception of the occasional Maitre' D or officer who has been slightly 20+ pounds overweight, I've only ever seen one crew member that was obese. She had something to do with the gift shops and I would estimate that she was at least 75lbs over ideal weight.

BTW....at 5'5" your ideal weight range should be 125 to 140.....it's not too late to have your dream job, but you've got some work to do. Think of it as job training...find a meal plan that works for you and that will help you shed pounds, start purposefully exercising, even in small increments...I know that you know what needs to be done.....all obese people do......make up your mind to achieve your goal and then you will really have something to show off in your next call back interview.....
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Look at John Heald and his assistant Calvyn. Not talking out of school but they represent what you are asking about.
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True in their present appearance, but neither one of them were employed at their current weight. It's significantly easier to keep the job given all the discrimination claims that could be brought against a company for firing a fat person.

Prejudice and discrimination during the hiring process can easily be hidden when you've got a desk full of equally qualified candidates the vast majority of whom are not obese.
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I have worked on cruise ships - and in fact they do like to hire attractive people for the cruise staff...

BUT - do not let your weight stop you from trying.

The cruise lines also strive to hire people that represent a cross-section of their customers - and these days your weight is not that unusual.

If you have a great personality, especially if you can show you are at ease with your own weight (maybe even have some really good jokes ready about it) then it could even work in your favor.

Remember - this is the entertainment business. If you are good at your job and healthy in other respects I actually think they might choose you to show how diversified they can be.

For those jokes - make them funny but not too "blue" or cruel. Clean but funny. Do a web search, you will find it.

Like if they ask you to describe your assets you can say "elephants never forget" - make it sound spontaneous, casually self-deprecating but not cruel and funny.

best of luck.
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The main thing is that you are an asset to them - that you can be self-sufficient and make people happy. You weight has no bearing on your ability to do your job.

You are applying to be a hostess, not a stewardess.
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I think the main thing is if you are healthy....

so IF they say no, please do not assume it is just about weight.

The drummer for Dakota was blackflagged for his cholestral being to high. He had to get on medication and get the number down before they would allow him to join the rest of the band.

They had to scramble to get a fill in drummer...until their drummer was cleared to come onboard.
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