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Hey job candidate, what's your sign?

By  Zheng Yi (Global Times)

15:13, March 12, 2012

Many students attend a job fair held by East China Normal University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s gymnasium on Friday. About 500 companies participated. (CFP Photo)

Do you know that your astrological sign might have an impact on your career? Last week, a job opening was posted on Zhongnan University of Economics and Law's Sina Weibo saying that people born under certain sun signs would be considered for positions.

Bizarre recruitment practice

Shortly after the posting appeared on the university's microblog on the afternoon of March 4, the bizarre hiring requirements of Guangzhou Opal Living Company, which manufactures windows and doors, attracted the attention of students and netizens alike. Only Virgos could apply for designing positions, and Pisces would never be recruited as salesmen. However, Taurus, Scorpios and Virgos were all welcome in sales.

The posting was viewed more than 1,600 times by March 6, according to Wuhan Morning Post, stirring heated debate over the requirements, which some call discriminatory.

"It is groundless to say that only Virgos can be good designers or salesmen," said Kong Wenwen, a graduate student at Peking University. "Such discrimination shows that the company is not very open-minded with regard to hiring," she told the Global Times.

However, Jing Ziqiang, a sophomore at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Hubei Province, supported the company's stance, saying that astrology is a useful tool in analyzing someone's personality.

"A candidate's sign can be an important reference when a company is hiring, and I will consider applying if there are posts that are suitable for me," he told the Global Times.

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BEN GREGO at 2012-03-1966.213.109.*
TRULY a perfect example of total IGNORANCE...basing job applicants on their sun signs? SORRY, should NOT be done....the ENTIRE chart should be considered, which isn"t about to happen!!Too bad - this just continues to show the IGNORANCE that abounds about astrology and the wonderful things it COULD do, if treated right!!ALL people should have a Vocational astrology chart and report done!! Then and only then would they know exactly which types or fields of work/vocation they are suited for....A shame this had to say the least!!

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