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..Working goths..

Unless you're in full-time education.

Whether goths couple or not, somehow, the rent has to be paid, and that usually involves work. The shortage of professional mourner positions is appalling. And contrary to what mainstream likely imagines, goths are usually employed, and not necessarily in low-paying jobs. Brocaded jackets, velvet capes, and full-body cyberwear do not come cheap, and unless one is being supported by well-heeled, indulgent parents, money must be earned to maintain this lavish lifestyle.

Corporate goth survival strategies:
> Always take advantage of stereotypes that work in your favor and play along.

> Know, and never cross, the boundaries of tolerance in appearance for your specific profession.

> Check out how others dress in the company before interviewing.

> Wean them in- establish mutual respect and then slowly show your true colours (or in this case, lack of colours!)

> Maintain a professional stance. Dress and act appropriately for meetings. Sometimes you need to make sacrifices to stay ahead.

> To help make sure you are taken seriously, try to make your first contact via e-mail or phone.

> Dress in a manner that is comfortable for your co-workers (within reason). Compromise enough to establish a good working relationship with your co-workers.

> Speak to your HR representative and learn your rights! Know your rights and also know the limitations of those rights.


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