How Tattoos and Piercings Will Affect Your Job Search

How Tattoos and Piercings Will Affect Your Job Search

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How Tattoos and Piercings Will Affect Your Job Search

In our parents’ generation, tattoos were a big no-no for professionals. Having a visible tattoo was enough to get your resume sent to the trash. And, if you were hired, you may be forced to either get the tattoo removed or keep it covered when in the office.

Things are different these days, but the numbers show that visibly tattooed and pierced people are still at a disadvantage. Even though it’s not as bad as it used to be, it’s still something to be aware of during your job search.

In one survey by Working World, 60 percent of employers said they’re less likely to hire someone with tattoos or piercings. The main reason for this is that employers worried about their company’s image and didn’t want it tarnished. This belief, unfair or not, is backed up by a Pew Research Center survey showing 39 percent believe pierced and tattooed employees “reflect poorly on the company.”

There’s little data on this, but it’s safe to assume that a crazy hairstyle or hair dyed to an unnatural color could also have a negative impact. Especially considering that a third of bosses know whether they will hire someone within the first 90 seconds , and that 55% of the impact when meeting someone comes from their appearances and demeanor.

Such beliefs are unfortunate and possibly discriminatory, especially considering a third of all people between 25 and 30 years old have at least one tattoo according to the survey by Working World. The good news is that the survey didn’t differentiate between industries, so depending on your line of work you might have no issues. There seems to be a growing trend of companies – even enormous ones like Starbucks – not caring about personal appearance too much. Can you imagine that happening a couple decades ago?

“Even in this tight job market, most companies aren’t going to view tattoos too harshly,” John Challenger, CEO of a consulting firm, told Forbes . […]