The Blonde Stereotype

I can feel all of you brunettes rolling your eyes at the thought of a “blonde stereotype” in the workplace. But as for my fellow blondes, you know exactly where I am coming from.

It all starts with the interview, which is the first impression you will make on your (hopefully, fingers crossed!) future employer. Dressed in business casual, resume in hand, you are more than prepared to land this new job. Then a thought enters your mind, “Do I look too blonde??” (in translation: too nice, pretty, outgoing, unintelligent, etc.).

You decide maybe I shouldn’t have worn my hair curly, or maybe I should try to pull it back to make myself look more sophisticated. Then the thought enters your head, “How do I look less blonde and more like a serious candidate for this job?”.

Luckily, I haven’t felt stereotyped as a blonde during the interview (usually because I do pull my hair back and I avoid wearing pink), but let me tell you, I have experienced it a couple times while officially working for a company.

I was about a month into a job when I realized that my wireless mouse wasn’t linking up to my computer. After about 2.5 seconds, I realized what the problem was: I needed to change out the batteries.

So I approached the GM to ask him if he had any batteries for my mouse. He proceeded to lean over and pull out 2 AA’s from a drawer. Then he had the nerve to tell me, “Make sure you put them in there right” (as he is showing me the correct way to face the batteries…)

Do I look like an idiot to you?

If I can’t figure out how to place batteries into a wireless mouse I need to just go home and hang it up.

I literally had to bite my tongue and walk away before I exploded. It is moments such as “make sure you put the batteries in there the right way” that really get my blood boiling (obviously, b/c why else would I write an entire post about this?).

The issue starts with surface level people. They take one look at a blonde and think “dumb blonde”, “too bubbly”, “sweet”, “just here to look pretty”. Instead of, oh she has a bachelor’s degree from a private college, graduated top of her class with a 3.78 GPA, she might have some great ideas on how to make this business more successful.

To be quite honest, its a shame some people think this way, to associate a person’s hair color with their intelligence level or ability to perform a job.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand there are some blondes out there that like to pull the whole blonde population down with their airhead comments and ditzy moments. But the majority of us have some common sense.

I know many brunettes and red heads that are brilliant, absolutely gorgeous, determined to better themselves, and have a great work ethic. On the same note, I know some brunettes and red heads that have an IQ score equivalent to a rock.

But you never hear anyone say “oh that was such a ‘brunette moment'” or “dumb red head”.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what hair color you have. Isn’t it really just DNA or dead skin cells anyways?? (sorry to all my KWC science major friends if I’m not being scientifically correct).

All that matters is that you have what it takes to be successful whether it be at a job or in everyday life. If an employer can’t see past the color of your hair, then you probably shouldn’t be working there anyways.

Here Goes Nothin’

I am not a renowned author. Nor am I a great story teller. What I am is a 23 year old looking to make her mark in this world.

We all know how it goes. Parents, teachers, family members, society, everyone tells us that we need to attend college in order to get a good job someday. However, no one seems to want to talk about the transition from college student to “adulthood”. Until now that is.

I started off on the ideal path. In the spring semester of my senior year, I accepted a position as an advertising representative at a media group. It was a great job for a recent college grad, and would provide me with lots of experience for a later marketing position. But somehow along the way, I ended up leaving for another job offer (far, far away from the field I want to end up in).

So now I start back at square one. “Back to the drawing board!”.

As I scroll through Indeed and Glassdoor, I find one reoccurring theme in the qualifications for every single job listing.

MUST HAVE 5-7 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN A RELATED FIELD.

Okay.. So what you are telling me is you don’t want to employ a bright, energetic, innovative 23 year old. You want me when I’m 30?? Okay, I guess I’ll check back with you in 7 YEARS..

So what should a girl do in the meantime? How do you gain all of this experience when no one is willing to take a chance on you? The answer is simple. Well, I’m sure the answer is simple, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet.

A good way to approach this is one baby step at a time. Find a job where you can get some sort of experience that can be used later on (that is the only mindset to have in order to keep your sanity) and work your way up. We all have to “do our time” before we land the dream job. It will all be that much sweeter when we do.