Why Tattoos and Body Art are Not Acceptable for Job Interviews

Body Art Has Been Around Since Pre-Historic Times

Tattoos, piercings and other forms of body art are becoming increasingly common and more popular these days.

According to a January 1, 2007 article by Cate Lineberry entitled Tattoos - The Ancient and Mysterious History and found on the Smithsonian Institute’s smithsonianmag.com website, tattoos have been used in many places and cultures from ancient times to the present.

The Smithsonian Magazine article points out that scientists studying Ötzi the Iceman, whose well preserved body was discovered in 1991 in a melting glacier in the Alps, discovered that his body had a number of small tattoos on it.

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Carbon dating has determined that Ötzi the Iceman lived between 5,200 and 5,300 years ago.

This means  that tattooing, which is currently popular among members of the so called Gen X and Gen Y portion of the population, is nothing new.

The same is true for piercings and other types of body art as they have also been practiced in most parts of the world since prehistoric times.

Remove the Rings and Cover the Tattoos

Part of My Job Involves Coaching Adult Students About What Employers are Looking For in an Employee

While I have no tattoos or other types of body art and have never had the desire to obtain any, I have to deal with it almost daily at work.

I manage an adult office vocational training program which trains people for office positions including medical billing and coding positions as well as other medical and legal office positions.

While I can’t arrange for a job for any of the students or even accompany them on their job search, it is important, for the program’s reputation and marketing, that our graduates find work. As a result, I spend a sizable portion of my time coaching students on job search techniques as well as researching and talking with employers about what they are looking for in the employees they hire.

Applicant's Appearance is Very Important to Hiring Managers

In my research and discussions with employers I am not focusing on the technical skills they are looking for as the institution already has employer advisory boards and a research department both of which do a very good job of keeping me up to date on what skills we need to teach.

What I am looking for are the little things, commonly referred to as soft skills, which hiring managers are looking for and which they use to decide which person, among the many technically qualified people who have applied, to hire.

One can learn technical skills or the ability to successfully perform a task to produce a desired result. Other skills, such as getting along with people, teamwork, reliability, etc. are factors that are equally important but more difficult to teach or measure without actually observing a person on the job over time.

However, there are not only costs - things like help wanted advertising, cost of Human Resource Department personnel to take and process applications, the manager having to take time to interview prospective employees, etc. - which make it expensive to hire people and then let them go if they don’t work out, but also laws which limit an employer’s ability to fire people especially after their probationary period has passed.

In Job Interviews Good First Impressions are Everything

While there is no sure way of predicting how a job applicant will perform on the job there are things that can serve as indicators or proxies for these abilities. While most of these are not exact and are usually subjective, most people rely on them when making decisions.

Dress and appearance are two of the most common factors used in making decisions.

Yes, this is both subjective and a form of stereotyping. However, we use this all the time in our purchasing decisions.

Given a choice, people will tend to patronize stores that are clean, modern looking and have merchandise attractively displayed as opposed to ones that are dirty, run down and with merchandise carelessly tossed on shelves.

The same with people. When we first meet someone, we begin to make judgements about them. This is natural and, as the relationship continues and we get to know more about them our opinions change based upon the new information.

The problem with job interviews is that they usually last a few minutes which does not provide the interviewer with enough time to overcome a bad first impression.

In a Job Interview You are Selling Your Skill Set to An Employer

A job offer is nothing more than a purchasing decision by an employer. The only reason an employer hires employees is because they need the talents and skills of employees in order to produce the goods or services the business is selling.

Just as shoppers will tend to purchase goods that are attractively packaged and displayed more often than they will purchase items that are in unattractive packaging or poorly displayed because such items tend to look cheap and unreliable, so too will job interviewers tend to assume that job applicants who dress unprofessionally are not professional.

In my talks and conversations I keep emphasizing the fact that interviewing for a job is basically a sales and marketing activity in which the applicant’s objective is to sell the employer on the fact that the applicant’s skills are the solution to the problem the employer is trying to solve by hiring a new employee.

Private sector employers only hire people because they need the talent and other skills the employee has to offer. As such, the applicant’s goal is to convince the interviewer that they not only have the technical and other skills that the employer is looking for but that what is being offered is better than what the other applicants are offering.

Hide Body Art & Use Professional Dress for Job Interview and After Work Express Yourself With Body Art

There is nothing wrong with tattoos and other types of body art. However, body art is not something that most people associate with professional and office positions.

This is not to say that to say that someone who likes body art does not have the skills needed to be successful in a professional or office environment. However, many people, including hiring managers, customers and other business professionals tend to feel that visible tattoos and other body art are an indication that the wearer lacks professionalism.

Dress and appearance make a statement about a person. Just as it doesn’t make sense to go into a job interview for a position at a bank or a law firm and just talk about your love of fishing, it also does not make sense to go into an interview for such a position with your appearance describing you as being the exact opposite of the type of person you are trying to present yourself as.

So when you are seeking a job make sure that your appearance is saying the same things that you plan to verbalize in the interview. And this means that you remove the piercings and cover the tattoos.

This will greatly increase your chances of landing the job you want and give you the income that will enable you to afford engage in the activities after work where you can show off your body art in venues where it is appreciated.

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Besarien 6 months ago

Good article with sound advice for people with body mods seeking employment. A lot of employers want an employee to maintain a strictly professional appearance because they represent their employers to potential customers. At one time, Disney had one of the most hardcore dress codes outside of banking because the company was utterly obsessed and invested in putting across a safe, conservative, wholesome, family-friendly public image. Even to wear a character costume completely covering a worker head to toe from the time the park opened until close, men had to wear short hair and no facial hair and women had to wear the correct barrettes and conservative hairstyles and have their nails clear coated and filed to no longer than a certain length. There were rules about every aspect of clothing, nails, shoes, and general personal hygiene. People were fired for any minor breach of official dress-code. Visible tattoos were anathema. I doubt it is quite as stringent now but don't know for sure. At the time I lived in Orlando and had many friends and neighbors working there.


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Chuck 22 months ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

sweet girl daina - Thanks for your comment.

Just to clarify, this Hub is not about whether tattoos and body art are right or wrong. Instead, the Hub points out the problems one can encounter in getting a job with visible body art. I took pains not to give an opinion about tattoos and body art as my objective was to point out the negative effects of showing up for a job interview with visible tattoos or other body art. Not only did the majority of Human Resource hiring managers agree with what I wrote but a world famous tattoo artist, Hollywood's Paul Timman (a tattoo artist who many Hollywood celebrities to to for tattoos) was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as giving the same advice.

In an April 23, 2011 Wall Street Journal article by Christina Brinkley entitled "The Rembrandt of Sunset Strip", Ms Brinkley describes Paul Timman, whose clients pay $140 an hour to have him do their tattoos, wrote "He doesn't like to tattoo hands or faces, telling people who request those, 'You know you'll never have a 9-to-5 job.'"

So, while people are free to express themselves by having tattoos, employers are free to not hire people because they feel the applicant's visible tattoos will have a negative on their customers or business environment.


sweet girl daina 22 months ago

Nothing is wrong with body modification especially when u are expressing ur self


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ClassyAtl 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

There is a time and place for everything. I have seen many beautiful tattoos lately and I always wonder what type of work the inked person does or where they work. Are they allowed to display their tattoos while at work? We all know that most corporations frown upon tattoos. At law firms, employees are not allowed to display tattoos, navel piercings, or tongue piercings. Yes, individuals are concerned with first impressions. However, depending on the industry that an individual is working, a tattoo may be appropriate or it could also be a major distraction. I do not believe in judging people and what they do. Everyone is entitled to have a tattoo if they so desire. Having tattoos is no long taboo or something that "Hells Angels" or gangsters have. All types of individuals are "tatted up" in this day and time.


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Chuck 2 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

thelyricwriter - thanks for your comment. I agree that having visible tattoos and other unprofessional dress is a risk for job applicants.

While tattoos are becoming more common and people becoming more accepting of them today, job applicants have to keep in mind that a job interview for many jobs is not only relatively short but also usually the first time the interviewer meets the applicant. Since this is often the first time the interviewer meets the applicant who, for all practical purposes is a total stranger, the person's overall dress, including tattoos and piercings, becomes a major factor in the interviewer's first impression. If this first impression is negative the conclusion is liable to be that the applicant lacks the professional qualities the organization is looking for in its employees.

Once a person has been hired and the interviewer (who is more than likely now the applicant's new supervisor) has the opportunity to get to know the new hire better and view the person in action on the job, the person's dress (including tattoos and piercings) may not be as important.

Of course, if the job involves working with customers dress could still play an important role as the employer will have to take into consideration the image the organization wants to project as well as customers reactions to the employee's dress. Also, in larger organizations, upper level people who get to see the person with tattoos or other unprofessional dress, but not have any opportunity to get to know the employee, may have the impression that the employee is not professional and therefore not consider such employees for advancement.


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thelyricwriter 2 years ago from West Virginia

In recent years, tattoos have become more accepting then at any other time. Even so, people are still judged for it and the article is dead on how many still view tattoos. I believe it is more defined as art these days but it's a risk you take when you get inked.


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Chuck 2 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

idigwebsites - thanks for visiting and for your comments.

I agree with you about some organizations not hiring people with tattoos no matter how good they prove themselves to be. However, I think it is more the clientele the organization deals with and the image it wants to project. Part of my work with a community college involves managing a vocational office training program. I have co-workers who have tattoos and no one minds. However, I encourage students with tattoos to keep them hidden when interviewing for jobs in order to present a professional image in the interview. And, if their job will involve working with customers and general public I tell them that they will probably have to keep the tattoos hidden while at work. In the case of those training for medical office positions I warn them that they probably will have to keep the tattoos hidden on the job.

Students in the nursing program that is a part of the same division as my program are required by the hospitals where they do their clinical internships to cover their tattoos while in the hospitals. This involves covering tattoos on their face, neck, hands and forearms with bandages while on duty in the hospital.


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idigwebsites 2 years ago from United States

I guess it depends on the company or on the job itself. There are still many conservative firms out there that still won't accept applicants who wear tattoos, not matter how good they prove themselves. And me, I'm not against people who wear tattoos and body piercing, but imagine, what would our reaction be if someone who wears those things, gets to work in the office? It's really intimidating. Nice hub there. :)


Davycoolguy 2 years ago

Most of the tattoo folk , can not even spell tattoo. Too funny.


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sparkleyfinger 3 years ago from Glasgow

First off, Im loving the comment about people being at the bottom of the social ladder... Im guessing they'd at least be above someone who cant phrase their insult correctly.

Secondly, nice hub! As a tattooed, pierced person, I am totally aware of the possible impact that these things can have to my chances of finding a job. (I must add that i have never been unemployed for more than a month, and have been with my current company 3 years, and they have a strict policy on tattoos)However, I must also add that I do think some people can take their tattoos a bit too far! I wrote a hub on this, but wont spam the place up!

Anyway, your hub is useful without being condescending- a risk that many people face when writing about this issue, and one that quite a few commenters have taken!

Voted up and useful!


luvdomus 3 years ago

Anyone who would get large tatoos is stupid and has chosen a status at the bottom of the social ladder.


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tattoos-intro 3 years ago

There is still a stigma concerning people wearing tattoos and the job they do but it has got better thank goodness.


Davycoolguy 4 years ago

I have every right to judge tattoos. I hire people and I am entitled to make money. Appearance does matter and tattoos are appearance. Just because you were dumb enough to follow another Hollywood fad, does not give you the right to dictate who I hire. I wont hire long hair people, pants on the ground, messy dressers etc etc. I have to make money and I will. By the way , I do think tattoos are ugly and dirty looking and nasty looking. That is my right to think that. I have walked out of insurance agency offices and real estate offices because I was being served by a tatted person. Again my right. Exert your individuality all that you want and so will I .


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Chuck 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Tattoos and piercings are becoming more acceptable in many work environments. However, first impressions count and in a job interview these along with other forms of otherwise acceptable casual dress tend to work against the applicant. My advice is to find an employer that is tolerant of tattoos and body art on the job but take care to cover these in the interview.


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superpipoy 4 years ago

I think tattoos and other forms of body arts are now accepted these days. In a company that I am currently working, they have no issues or not strict about tattoos as long as they won't be seen during working hours and as long as you can deliver your work properly to them. I think this wouldn't be an issue when it comes to work related matters. It is just a form of body art.


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Chuck 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Gatti - mysuggestion would be to remove at least two if not all three in each ear for the interview. After you are hired, wearing the earings probably won't be a problem unless the employer has a dress code that doesn't allow them.

To elaborate a little more on both the Hub and my reply to proliferatedriot, once you have been hired, dress will probably be more relaxed and not as important, as first impressions will be replaced with different impressions as supervisors and co-workers get to know you and see you as you really are rather than what you look like. Of course, if you job requires frequent in person customer contact you will probably be expected to dress in a way that customers expect - but again an insurance agent or stockbroker handling money for conservative middle aged people would be expected to dress differently than a tattoo artist in a tattoo parlor dealing mainly with twenty-somethings.


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Chuck 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

proliferatedriot - I am not saying we should make judgments and generalizations about people based upon physical appearance. However, it is only natural that people would make judgments when all they have to go on is physical appearance.

This is the situation faced by a job interviewer. They meet a person whom they probably know nothing about, then have about fifteen minutes or less to try to get to know something about that person while interviewing them. Finally, after interviewing five or so additional people in the same manner, the interviewing manager has to choose one among them for the position. Knowing that once the person is hired the manager will have to will have to supervise that person and rely on that person to perform their job for as long as both are employed in that department. Not only is it often difficult, due to various laws and regulations, to fire someone who does fit in and perform well, but it is also time consuming and expensive to go through the hiring process.

Managers will thus generally make the best choice they can based upon the very limited information available. So, yes, appearance will enter into the decision in most cases.

My point is that, if you want the job you should dress for the part. For most office and professional positions it is usually best to dress conservatively.

This idea of dressing for the part works both ways. I suspect that without tattoos or piercings and dressed conservatively in a three piece suit or equivalent for a woman, would probably not be considered, because of their looks, if they were applying for a position in a tattoo parlor.


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Gatti 4 years ago

Does this include ear piercings for men? I have three in each ear lobe and am a guy.


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proliferatedriot 4 years ago

Wow Nan, you're absolutely right! How dare that monstrous person intrude on your conservative traditional lifestyle! And god forbid you ever have to deal with racial minorities or cripples! How dare these people try to interact with their betters!


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proliferatedriot 4 years ago

So in summation, we should continue to make judgments and generalizations about people based on their physical appearance. Progress towards acceptance, it's almost as if we've made none.


5 years ago

Chuck: interesting hub with useful and sensible information; great Dice video, also, where a professional-looking young lady calmly gives a cautionary note to interviewees about covering tattoos and removing facial piercings (which kind of carries weight, since she is tattooed and pierced herself).

mikicagle: Re. 'I work professionally as a teacher and people are shocked when they learn that I have tattoos.' Yes, well, people should realize that it's less unusual than they maybe think, and basically you can take their expressions of shock as a compliment that you have covered them well in a professional environment.


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BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

This is a brilliant hub outlining the reasons that tattoos are not acceptable for job interviews and the information is greatly received. You have written the hub in a flowing manner and made some good points!!! Voted up!


Everywoman 5 years ago

I agree with most of what I've read here. However, my daughter, 27, has multiple tats. I told her she should hide them, or try to hide most of them (has small ones on the sides of her neck and on wrists, feet, etc.)while she is looking for a job.

She said, "Oh mom, we're changing all that as we take over things for your generation."

I told her to still be careful about the tats and went (again) into my lecture of how unwise it was of her to get tatoos in the first place.

She went to the interviews. Two of them. Got two job offers. So much for what I know! She is a beautiful woman with a bunch of tatoos. Seems no one minds but me and my generation. At least she isn't pierced except for normal (pinhole) earring piercings in her ear lobes.

Also, I would offer a note of caution to those who are horrified by the piercings and tatoos: I work with young people at a college and the tatoos and piercings tell us nothing at all about what kind of kid we're talking to. A multiple pierced, horrifically tatooed young man is on the honor roll. A young man without a single tattoo or piercing had to be expelled. It is only self expression with them, and to some, a kind of art expression. So please don't assume a kid or young adult with tatoos or piercings are any better or worse than the next kid.


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venki_indiain 5 years ago from Chennai

Hi, very useful hub.


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wedmed 5 years ago from US

If you want not to get this job - show the boos your tattoo :) Seriously, if you apply for a position in a reputable company do not show off your tattoos!


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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

Why put a negative image in the way of you and your job.


A0PosterPrinting 5 years ago

Great hub thanks - very useful and very informative.


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J Burgraff 5 years ago

Oh Chuck. I'm the girl next door with a lovely large tattoo on my body. I've worked productively my whole life, raised an incredible daughter and am so very, very sorry that you are blindsided by something that is absolutely, totally, never harmed you. But hey, this is America, and god I love free speech. Gotta go, on my way to a job interview.


FashionFactory 5 years ago

nice hub. Thanks


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kdodge 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Its very sad to see all the negative comments here. If a tattoo is a way to express ones self and it sounds like many agree that make-up and hair styles fall into that category, then why are you only attaching the tattoo and not other forms of physical expression?

I stongly believe that a tattoo is not a cry for help, does not show insecurity and does not represent a person looking for attention.

Like with any time in history, there are activities that one will take part in just be 'cool', so yes there are some that get a tattoo simply for that reason, however, lumping all people with a tattoo into one group is rather childish and really no different than being prejudice against ones color, ethnicity or religion.

I have a tattoo, I know its for life. Because its for life is the reason I got it, it's a reminder of things dearest to me. In that regard how is a tattoo different than carrying around an old love letter or a locket around your neck, etc...?

It's funny how one of the most often said comment about a tattoo is that its for life and/or what are you going to do later when you get older and realize it was a mistake. Funny, nobody says this about having children. How many times to you hear horror stories about a person having a child and them dumping it on the trash or later on maybe even taking the childs life. Now stop and think, what in life makes you are bad person, someone who has a tattoo and maybe later in life regrets it (and it ONLY impacts them) or someone who has a child and then takes a humann life because they regretted it. Yes this is a harsh comparison, however, my point is simply, there are far worse things in life that someone could do to themselves or others for the same reason as 'just did it top be cool' or 'didn't think about how I would look later in life'.

Getting back on topic of a visible tattoo during an interview...I have been a manager for 15 years and have interviewed many people, not once did I care if I could see a tattoo or piercing. All I cared about was, on a day to day basic can you show up to work, do a good job and be a good co-worker to others, if yes, then what do I care if you have a tattoo. It's not the tattoo doing the job, its the mind, heart and soul.


Disastermind 5 years ago

There is way too much downing of tattoos and piercings these days.

The problem that I seem to find is that most people (to put it bluntly) can't get over themselves and their own personal opinions of tattoos and piercings. This problem goes far beyond traditional body modifications.

I am a married mother of one, and a co-owner of a successful HVAC/R business. I deal with customers on a daily basis. I have several piercings on my faces, tattoos on my arms, chest, and legs. And not once, have I had a customer that refused to deal with me because of my appearance.

I think that the problem isn't with the tattoos and piercings in the work place; I think the problem is with the people that look down their noses at those of us that have them.

While I do feel that obscene tattoos should not be on public display, I feel that NO one person/group of people/company has the right to tell me or anyone else what is acceptable for a body that they do not own.

Personally, I am quite offended by women that go too long between hair dye jobs and wear too much make up. I am offended by artificial nails and hair. Men with hair plugs are replusive. I find men wearing button down shirts that are left open to expose their chest hair disgusting. And I have yet to see people getting their panties in a wad over a lack of personal grooming and poor fashion choices. But you know what? I have to look at what I assume is Grade A+ business types like this all. day. long.

I am 31 years old, and have grown ever so tired of uppity corporate snobs ragging on those of us that chose to decorate our bodies. Just because you're stuffed in a suit and constantly live with strict company and/or self imposed self righteousness doesn't give you, or your company the right to judge anyone based on their appearance.

So please, if any of you have children, do them a favour and NEVER teach them to be themselves. I advise you to kill their spirit at a young age since most of you seem to be hellbent on stripping away eveyone's freedom of self expression.

Side note: I bet a lot of you are also sitting there wondering why you currently do not (or if they are grown why you never did) understand your children/teenagers. Next time you have one of those typical "You just don't get me" fights with them, remember why you don't: You sold your right to your own opinions when you crapped all over everyone else to scurry up that oh so wonderful corporate ladder.


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NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

UNM Biz School Career Dept. also tells students that there are THREE cracks that should not show when you go for a job interview...1. boob crack 2. butt crack 3. toe crack

It amazes me how little these 300/400 level students know about making a good impression for a job interview. There is an approptiate way to dress & behave, esp. IF you want to make good money....


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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

So many comments that it shows this topic are a strongly felt one. There is some body art I love. But I don't like now that people have made themselves walking canvasses. I know it's due to their own insecurity and lack of confidence that cause them to want the world to look at them even if it is just to tell them "I don't care what you think of me." The sad part is people change as do their life priorities and those tattoos are permanent. I don't feel anyone should be tattooed in an area that can’t be hidden by a short sleeve t-shirt and shorts. That way when they do go to a family function, church, or any event that is not that of the entertainment field, they can be looked upon as someone who loves themselves.


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An Aberrant Taste 5 years ago from Hamilton, NJ

It's really funny, as I have plenty of tattoos, and have never had the trouble of finding a job. I work at a car dealership, as a service cashier among many other things, and I deal with the public everyday. I will also be starting sales next month.

My tattoos are normally covered up. Yes, sometimes it is bothering because it IS America, and the land of the free, so why can't people show what they decided to do to themselves for their own reasons? I understand both sides, but no one should be judged that way, not just by their piercings or tattoos, that is just plain wrong. It is not childish to have tattoos, rather artistic. Some do get things that are not exactly pretty or nice, but that's THEM, not you. I never understood why anyone would care what a complete stranger did to themselves--especially when it doesn't effect the other person in anyway whatsoever $6. Never, will I ever understand that.

Anyway, yes sometimes a job will judge you that way, but others that have understanding, non-biased people as the boss that is hiring, then you will find an accepting place to work, not one that says 'hey, show your tattoos whenever you want', but one that will hire you, but let you know they need to be covered.

It will get there someday, there are many business people that wear suits everyday, and under that suit is a work of art, somewhere--always--you will find someone like that. Tattoos are a part of our history and future. That will never change.


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ershruti304 5 years ago from Shimla

I too share the same feeling. Neither do I have any tattoo on my body nor I support the idea of having it. I guess the environment at work place should be fully professional and such things really make me feel as if I am in some college campus with little kids.


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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

I agree that the placement of the tattoo is everything. I myself do not have any tattoo's but I know folks who have gotten inked up and you would never know they had a tattoo. On the other hand, I also know people that have gotten tattoos in visible places and I fear that they will live to regret their decision.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great hub..Thanks


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giselenmendez 5 years ago from Berlin, Germany

Well, I have three tattoos (one on my back, one on my right wrist and another one on the back of my neck) and I've never had any problem about it. That's the reason I agree with Captainausume, it's not a matter of having tattoos, we should focus on where the tattoos are placed and what they are.


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Freegoldman 5 years ago from Newyork

Great Hub.Its important to remember before an interview.A few more disadvantages are also there like Personal relationships can be affected by tattoos. Most professional positions in corporate business, medical, educational, law, and the military, as well as their administrative/support positions discourage hiring individuals with visible tattoos. And, the few professional careers willing to hire individual with tattoos have dress code policies mandating tattoos remain hidden on the job.


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Tiny on Purpose 5 years ago from Sarasota, FL.

i absolutely agree with you. however, if the general public was solely concerned with the display of vulgar or offensive tattoos, then i wouldn't be so upset. but the problem, unfortunately, is not the general public's dislike for blatantly offensive tattoos, but there dislike for ALL body modifications. i just feel that this is discriminating, plain and simple, and i would have thought that in this day and age, we as a country would have been more progressive and open minded.


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Captainausume 5 years ago from New Jersey

It's not so much a matter of having tattoos alone. It is more so a matter of where the tattoos are and what they are. There is a big difference between having a lilac on your ankle and having a flaming skull on your neck. If the tattoos can be hidden, it's not really an issue at all.


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BetteMachete 5 years ago

I think the stigma of having tattoos is becoming a lot less controlling to people seeking employees. Many high class, high earners have tattoos. Interesting article.


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MyFavoriteBedding 5 years ago from United States

My nephew is loaded with tattoos (I think he has 25) and unfortunately people do a double take when they see him, even in this day and age where there are so many people with tattoos. I feel there is a point where tattoos are way over done and are a HUGE deterrent to the person wearing them. I personally don't like them, but would never judge a person by how many tattoos they have, unless they had f___ y__ on their eyelids-unbelievable ha?


DoItForHer 5 years ago

We give too much attention to irrelevant body art and not enough attention to the actual individual. If I wanted to make the most money, I would not make close-minded decisions primarily based on tattoos. I would make my hiring decisions primarily on the most competent individual; therefore, making the most money possible. I bet body art is pretty much a non-issue among stockholders. Or maybe I'm wrong on this count?

Of course some tattoos show the true nature of the person. I saw a guy who had f*** y** on his eyelids. Yes, his eyelids. When he closed his eyes, you got an eyeful. This particular tattoo does a lot to show his soft skills. Whereas a dolphin or a dog paw is in no way offensive except to the most sensitive or ignorant person.

The tattoo needs to be taken in context, much like anything else, and there will always be a grey area. What I would like to see is more objectivity instead of encouraging people to continue knuckling under to someone elses antiquated and less profitable decisions to blanket anyone with a tattoo. People are too important and competition between businesses is too fierce to continue this practice.


Md Tawhidul Islam 5 years ago

i think tattoos is special for body,but its different mode.


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Tiny on Purpose 5 years ago from Sarasota, FL.

Dear Chuck, I want to say that i appreciate your point of view and i absolutely understand where you are coming from. I have quite a few tattoos and piercings, and I conceal and/or remove them when necessary. I do agree with the fact that teens and young adults should appreciate the fact that when they get a tattoo or a piercing they are putting something in their skin that is permanent and that they should put a great deal of thought and deliberation behind their decision. However, i also believe, very strongly, that the world is changing and that someday it will be common place to see a CEO of a fortune 500 company with some sort of body modification... someday. Until that day comes, however, how many millions of intelligent, ambitious, and hard working people world wide are unemployed because employers refuse to hire anyone with visible modifications, no matter how impressive their resume? it is an unfortunate and, indeed, depressing fact, that this discrimination is allowed to be practiced. Perhaps some of the other people who have commented on this hub are right, perhaps the world isn't ready for it. But someday, the Tattooed Generation will be in control. Perhaps some of your readers should consider that before they call us "junkies", "low lives", "ignorant", and "stupid". I respect your opinion, Chuck, but i urge you to recall what i'm sure your mother told you, and mine certainly told me whenever i was quick to condemn, "Never judge a book by it's cover."

Sincerely, Tiny on Purpose


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Captainausume 5 years ago from New Jersey

Very relevant Hub. I have had this discussion with a lot of people and I have to say that it is definitely an unfortunate truth that tattoos still have a ways to go before they are accepted everywhere...for now.

The reason so many people of my generation are not so willing to take defeat when it comes to covering our tattoos is that we are trying to push forward rather than stay where we are.

Yes, tattoos are increasingly popular, and one day we will all be running the businesses and will have more of an understanding that tattoos do not always reflect on a person's work ethic. At the moment they do not have a place in the business world, but maybe one day it will.

People will still be expected to dress in business attire and look like they care about your appearance. And perhaps it will be a long time before we sit down at staff meetings next to "The Lizard Man" (look him up if you don't know what I mean) but a man with sleeves will be able to show a little bit of wrist.


MMASMORRIS 5 years ago

It's sad we think we have to copy the people who are celebrities, professional ball players, etc. who are unshaven and tattooed with tongue rings and twat piercings, My husband played pro baseball in the 50s and 60s, and says they were not allowed to go anywhere without shirts, ties and blazers when they weren't in the game. Of Course, he's old hat, but an avid ball fan, and it really upsets him to see how the players wear their hair, beards, piercings, etc. I suppose if a person can hit the ball and play well, he is excused from being neat and clean looking.


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Jonesy0311 5 years ago

I absolutely agree with you. I am all for individuality, but one must remain professional. I have numerous tattoos to include an entire arm "sleeve." I have always worn a long-sleeve dress shirt to job interviews and covered up my art when at work (even in the summer).


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KyleBear 5 years ago

I've gotta agree with you Chuck.


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Art Lover 5 years ago from LA, USA

Yes, tattoo is an art and it actually doesn't make one less than who he actually is but if the tattoo calls for too much attention for being inappropriately placed, then it becomes a distraction to other people.


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carolinemoon 5 years ago

Tattoo is an art but not everyone seems to like it.


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BraidHair 5 years ago from Nevada

The fact remains, Tattoo artists are smart to guess conceptualize and present things in perfect manner. the above articles and images confirm them.


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edw4rdcull 5 years ago

I think it is not acceptable because people who use them have bad references to society


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MyFavoriteBedding 5 years ago from United States

What drives me crazy with these kids getting tattoos, is when they tattoo an area that is hard to cover up. Why can't people just be satisfied with putting a tattoo in a less conspicuous area. Like ExoticHippieQueen said, her daughter just wasn't thinking when she put the tattoos right on her wrists. She is going to hate it when it is hot outside and her new boss tells her to keep her tattoos covered. I just think many of these kids are young and they don't think in terms of forever. The doctors that remove tattoos are going to be making a fortune in the years to come!!


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

On another note, lol. I have a tattoo on the side of my leg. A benign half moon with a man's face. I don't think that would stop me from getting a job. It's more about where you put it, not as much as what you get put on your body.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

I couldn't agree with you more! My daughter had the words "LOVE" and "HATE" tattooed, one word on each wrist. While that's bad enough, she did it on the topside of her wrist, so that it can be seen by everyone. I told her good luck getting a job and suggested that she wear wide bracelets on each arm or long sleeves for job interviews. She just wasn't thinking.


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Manchester23 5 years ago from Fort Collins, Colorado

Hmmm - I would like to point out that yes that may be the case for most folks, unfortunate as that is. Those with Body Art are discriminated against technically even though they may dress very nicely, wear the $3,000 dollar suit, and have the degree and set skills to back them up. It's unfortunate that we have not yet learned to look beyond what our eyes show us. When often enough the solution isn't something we can see with our eyes. Although - I'd like to point out, that give it another 10 years, and those with tattoo's and piercings will be leaders in industries. Here's the thing, if you're an idiot who's getting a tattoo on your face, yah that's a problem, I wouldn't hire you, you're going to scare off people, if you're someone who's getting a bunch of piercings all over your face, nothing that looks professional, yah I won't hire a tackle box either; However, if you're someone who has tattoo's in respectable places, maybe ears pierced and that's it. But Dress very Nice, I'm not going to discriminate - Oh and by the way, being 25, with a tattoo sleeve on my left arm and another tat on my forearm both which are elegant and poetic by the way. and Gauges in my ears. I get compliments all the time from about anyone. Age doesn't matter. Maybe I don't know anyone who has issues getting jobs at any level because Colorado is different? Who knows, but I have an excellent job, get paid very very well, and never had any issues either. Interesting hub though - Although, I'd say most folks won't hire people with tattoo's for your regular every day customer service positions, but not the ones folks had to go and get degrees in. Sort of like Job placement, ya that's a difficult area for someone who's tatted and pierced up.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Looks great ,Thanks for the great post,Nice


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Web World Watcher 5 years ago

I tend to agree. I've got many qualified and articulate friends who are eternally doomed because of the tattoos coming out of their sleeves. gotta learnt o live with your decisions i suppose


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mrpudgy 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Comments aren't for promoting hubs. Thanks.


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talfonso 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

You hit it spot on in your Hub! Although I co-work with Muetti in our 5Linx business, we don't wear any tattoos or piercings!


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ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

Good Hub. The only thing is that I think it's a little ironic that you had ads for tattoo kits attached. I do happen to recall a book called "Dress for Success". Check on that.


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BusinessTime 5 years ago from Twin Cities

Very interesting points, thank you for a great article.

Granted this is a topic that's definitely industry-specific, I would point out that at the end of the day, the accepted dress code at any given company -- including tattoos -- is the decision of the company, which in non-franchise situations is the decision of the management as individual people -- it's going to be hit or miss, every time.

I'm a freelance book editor, and I act as senior content editor for my company. I'm a hard worker, and I'm dedicated. I also have a half-sleeve (a space scene -- nothing offensive or controversial). My current company appreciates the work that I do and doesn't mind my tattoo at all -- and frankly, I prefer not to work for a company that has an issue with something like a tattoo, which has nothing whatsoever to do with my work ethic or quality. I figure if a prospective employer has a problem with something so arbitrary (that can easily be covered with a long-sleeved shirt for formal meetings or presentations), it's a sign that I'm likely to end up feeling stifled by other arbitrary rules, and it tells me that I should keep looking and find a better, more comfortable fit for everyone.

Keep up the great articles!


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The Ghostwriter 5 years ago from UK

40 years ago I had my first tattoo, to keep me out of trouble I had 'Dad' put on it, and proudly showed it to him.

His response; "you will regret it for the rest of your life"

I probably enjoyed it for a couple of years, then never wore short sleeved shirts again...and did regret it for the rest of my life and will continue to do so.


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s4176766 5 years ago

at the end of the day if you aren't hired for a job because you have tattoo's it can be classed as a form of discrimination, you shouldn't be judged determinately because of the fact tht you have tattoo's or you made an error in judgement several years for tht matter.


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whoisbid 5 years ago

If someone is filthy rich it does not matter what they wear. If you want money from someone who does not like Tatoos- then don't use Tatoos. Make the money first and later you can have as many Tatoos as you like. If you don't want money from those people then ignore my message


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BeccaM6 5 years ago from East Grinstead, UK

I see tattoos as a way of expressing yourself through your body art. I see why some people may find people with tattoos more threatening, but then we should not be judged by the way we look, as surely that is discrimination? If the person is just as good, if not better at their job than someone with no tattoos, then they deserve to be an employee. It is their own choice to get tattoos, people can have an opinion on whether they agree with them or not, but to discard someone from employment because of them seems stupid to me.


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tbonet101 5 years ago from Frederick, MD

You have a good valid point. although, the baby boomers are retiring and the next generation after that is taking over. Tattoos and piercings in my generation is becoming more acceptable into society then it was 40 years ago. Don't get me wrong I would never hire a guy with a poor dress code and tons of tattoos and piercings. shows that they don't care.


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kohuether 5 years ago from New Hampshire

You know, I don't have tattoos but kind of admire people who do. It's a great way to express yourself. I think the best way is to find a balance between having them and being professional.

I love to wear cocktail dresses, but I wouldn't wear that to a job interview either. There is a time and place for that, just as there is a time and place to showcase the tats.


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ivantsoft 5 years ago from US

tattoos are ok but not in the office. Coming to a job interview with some redneck tattoo is out of range!


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Zen Badger 5 years ago from Norwich

Hi Chuck,

This is very interesting article.

I personally do not have any tattoos either. A lot of my friends however do,and some are almost covered. I have found that the line of work I am currently in ( support worker) seems to attract a lot of people who have tattoos and various body piercing's.

I have found that this seems to ring true in other related fields of work such as mental health, carers, support workers, social workers. ( This is just what I have witnessed personally and this does not apply to everyone.)

I have wondered if it is to do with the fact that these areas of work are about promoting individuals choice and personal preferences over company brand and appearance?

I could be entirely wrong, but it is an interesting subject!

I remember my Dad giving me the advice that you should not get tattooed anywhere that cannot be covered, especially by a shirt.

Great article.


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peterhark69 5 years ago from Canada

Totally true. Tattoos are really art but I do agree that it is not really appropriate to have one that is shown especially if your work is dealing with other people. Tattoos are probably fine if you can hide it and no one can see it at work.


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buckey777 5 years ago from Bangor, Maine

I personally don't have any tatoo's, and I have seen a fellow employee who was up for a promotion at work who did. She didn't get it because of the tattoo on her forearm. However with the popularity of tatoo's constantly increasing either the idea of not hiring tatoo'd individuals will change or half the population will be unemployed due to tatoo's. Studies show as it is that nearly 25% of the population 18-50 have tatoo's and increased numbers from the 18-29 range around 36%. ( http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,199143,00.html ) I'm not saying support it, but it seems to be inevitable in the near future.


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suejanet 5 years ago

I have a 24 year old daughter who has gotten 5 tatoos. They are not obnoxious, but I have been trying to tell her she may be sorry some day. I know tatoos do not have the same negative image they had 40 years ago, but they are not easy to remove.


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Kaleolani 5 years ago

Excellent Hub!! I think I may need some of your job coaching because I've been trying to work at a simple office job, and so far -- no luck! I'm only 23, and I often think I was born in the wrong generation. I'm not one for tattoos and big piercings. All of my friends have many, but I guess in this case i'm the odd ball. Great Hub, again!!


Mico 5 years ago

I think its because tattooes are considered a swallow and at a job you have to face responsibilities. http://www.micocrane.com/


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Gaming Rhinoceros 5 years ago from Gilbert, AZ

This should be added to the graduation ceremony program at every major college. Well-put and 100% true.


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Tawhid224 5 years ago

looking outstanding


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Winter Maclen 5 years ago from Illinois

Great piece. I constantly seek new hires and the tattoo issue is a major problem in looking professional.I think I'm going to show your piece to all my staff.


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emurph87 5 years ago from Chautauqua County, NY

While I understand the importance of first impressions, it's disheartening that there's such a negative stigma associated with body modification, particularly because it has been around for so long and can be a part of cultural identity.

On the other hand, this hub is both informative and explanatory. Us "Gen X" and "Gen Y" folk may not agree with it, but everything you write is true. I think it's not only important that the information is out there, but that it's explained in a way that anyone can understand. This hub does just that.


munirahmadmughal 5 years ago

"Tattoos and Job Interviews"

There is always some wisdom in every word and action among human beings, with a past history and reason however remote it may be.Cultures vary, habits vary and taste also vary.For job interviews the main thing to be seen should be the qualification, the competition, the skill and actual ability about productivity with integrity. Liberty and conservatism both have their merits. Personal affairs must not come in the way of selection of a candidate. Selectors should bear in mind that many things in the interviewers are not liked by the candidates. Respect and dignity of mankind also requires that fairness must prevail.

May God Bless all and every where.


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

You seem to have a mixture of opinion from Tattoos being Tribal and ancient to immature and mainstream. I have quite a few tattoos and personally I put them in places that can and do get covered up for work. If however an employer had a grievance with that over how I could perform that particular job, it is not a place I would wish to work anyway.


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jtyler 5 years ago

Nice. I think I'll link to this in my hub about tattoos.


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TroyM 5 years ago

Everything looks good at its place and time. Tattoos are good for party, holidays etc. but certainly not good at work, interview.. Nice hub.


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jshafer 5 years ago

Personally, I don't care for tattoos or piercings, especially in places that can't be covered up. I often wonder how many people actually think of long term effects of getting tattoos and piercings. Such as while the tattoo may look nice to you now, how do you think it will look in 20-40 years as you age? Don't people realize that these tattoos will sag, wrinkle, become distorted as you gain or lose weight, age and/or leave permanent scars?

My daughter's friend had an eyebrow piercing, which she finally removed. It left a scar, and she no longer has a full eyebrow! Another friend had a belly button ring, that we she got pregnant, had to be removed and now that's an ugly scar. Common people, what is "cool" now, may leave permanent scarring that you will regret later!


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mrpudgy 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Whereas having a tattoo doesn't mean that you cannot be mature and professional, how people perceive you and first impressions matter a whole lot. You can still have tattoos and get a great job at a reputable employer. However, don't flaunt them and try to make sure you can make them acceptable for the occasion, meaning if they shouldn't be seen, make sure they can be covered up.

Great hub. It was a good read. Rating as useful and up up up!!!:)


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KK Trainor 5 years ago from Texas

Great hub! I am someone who has had a series of professional jobs and a series of not so professional jobs. Everything from horse training to working at an investment firm. I have worn business suits to work and worn jeans and t-shirts at times. I also have 5 tattoos and when I got the ones on my arms I was very careful to have them high enough so that a short sleeve dress shirt would cover them. I can show them off when not working, and cover them when need be. But an interview is not the place to show something like that. I would never get one in a place that couldn't be easily covered with clothing. I am a little old for body piercings so that's no worry.

As for JMAW's comment about police and tattoos, my husband is a cop and if he gets any large ones on his forearms he has to wear long sleeves to work. It's a dept. policy and it varies from place to place.

The younger generation have a sense of freedom (entitlement) to fight the norm that we didn't have when I started working. And getting through to them is so difficult because so many of them are not used to being told no.


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JMAW 5 years ago from Hawaii

I think you make alot of good points but in Hawaii, maybe because it is Hawaii, this is just not the case. I cannot tell you the number of Police Officers who have full arm sleeves or how many business men and women with other visible tattoos. I personally don't see this as a problem but I can see why many people are still averse or consider this to be unprofessional. In the grand scheme of things, these little nuances that we argue over don't mean much to the Soul but in daily life and determining whether someone makes an extra thousand here and there I suppose it is important. Great hub and discussion!


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StarLG 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Nice post, very interesting.


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Rat in a Cage 5 years ago from Redneck Desert City, USA

I'm sure that your article summarizes the conservative viewpoint very nicely. But personally, I wouldn't want to work for someone who needs a fainting couch after seeing my nose ring, anyway. Times change; at one point, a woman who showed up to work (or school, or church) in trousers was considered underdressed and vulgar.


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radagast 5 years ago from England

Very good hub. I was surprised by some peoples comments like "everyone who gets a tattoo regrets it" and "tattoed junkie looking type". I have eight tattoos which includes a full sleeve and half leg. I have been a company director for 10 years and a senior business consultant for 5 years. However the point is well made whether we like it or not many interviewers will be judgemental and tattoos on show will influence decisions.

However I have performed and watched/coached many interviews and many other things influence interviewers decisions as well.

Hair style, height, weight, clothing, so of course its not just tattoos or piercings that effect interviewers decisions. Everything has an effect. The key is to relate to the person you are being interviewed by and if your apperance reflects the job you are applying for that will probably improve your chance of success.

I purposely chose to have all my tattoos so i could easily cover them (when i want to) so when i wear a suit and tie for any business meetings no one knows about the art i have, i am very proud of my art.

So the decision is yours if you wish to have tattoos and not cover them up, that is your choice, it could however effect your chances of success in some job interviews and if you are happy to take that chance then that is up to you.

Wear your tattoos with pride.


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cyoung35 5 years ago from Corona, CA

I agree, If you are going to express yourself in this way then you are limiting your job opportunities. I think most people don't think about this until after they have already done it and are having a hard time getting a job, especially In these times it's even harder. Some people don't care and others do so I really think it is up to the individual to make the decision but they should consider these ramifications. Many employees don't care but a majority out there will. Great hub!

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lazko 5 years ago from the Earth

It's a great detailed hub after all but it presents the authors point of view. No offense to anyone, I just think a person have to present her/his self and do not be shamed of what he/she is. My interview passed very well and I was hired despite the temperate tattoo I had on my neck. Anyway, thanks for the hub, its an interesting one.


Tattoosiastic 5 years ago

I think everyone should make their own decision about getting tattoo. Nice hub.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Beautifully said. I enjoyed how well you explained why.


Viola Landers 5 years ago

Although piercing or having tattoos is a kind of art that some people mostly engaged, I won't do it. It is really painful.


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nicoreyes 5 years ago

Excellent post, I personally have tattoos, but before i ever planned on getting one i knew they had to be hidden in the mean time until long after school and settling into a career.

Although i am proud of my tattoos, and hold no regrets whatsoever, i did have to come to realize that they could and would be a problem if not careful. Also based on the unspoken rules of society, tattoos in certain spots do somehow put a label ( although probably untrue) on the individual. Excellent article chuck.


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smileNtherFACES 5 years ago from Mid Cali

I didn't get my ink to hide it, I am proud of my expression and art, if what I wear happens to cover it so be it, why be shamefull of something your proud of?,..or happy about?......I was raised to stand up for what you believe in, freedom is one thing I believe in, in this case, freedom of expression. I never waste an ounce of energy worrying about what people think about my ink. Its not your business what other people think of you.


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smileNtherFACES 5 years ago from Mid Cali

I am fully sleeved, tattoos on my face neck and legs, unfortunantly we will never get passed the pre concieved notions, and stereotypes of the tattooed, jailhouse baby eating thug who is tattooed. Its sad but true.


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ohsoamberx 5 years ago from Ohio

I do not agree with you jtyler about them being a sign of immaturity for everyone. It is not everyone who gets visible tattoos. I have four that are very easy to hide, most people do not even know that I have them. I mean yeah in a bathing suit they can be seen, but I do not walk around in a bathing suit for no reason, and I for sure do not wear them to a job interview. I love getting tattoos, and I am considered mature for my age by many people. (Just another point of view). I do agree though that people who place them in areas that are easily seen, are not very bright because it may seem like a good idea at the time but it can make their future career search quite hard.


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jtyler 5 years ago

I want you to carry a bag of bricks. Every time you see some teenager or young adult walking around with a tangtop and a tattoo on his arm, I want you to attach a copy of this article to that brick and throw it at the kid.

Tatoos in my opinion, though they are a form of expression, are a sign of immaturity and the new generation's view on things.


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ohsoamberx 5 years ago from Ohio

sun-girl

principled and decent people can have tattoos, and you would never know it!!


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BizGenGirl 5 years ago from Seattle

It just sucks that it's so natural for employers to make such quick judgements about a person based on physical appearance. I understand why they do it. It still doesn't make it right.


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Awesome!


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Hello chucks,

For you to have written on this topic means that you are a principled and decent person.I use to think am the only person that sees that as part of interview eyesore.Nice article and wonderful advice.


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Pamela Sarzana 5 years ago from northern Indiana

Well written, Tattoos are a popular culture today. And I personally think they are fine and represent different things to different people...But they can send the wrong message especially when they are in obvious places on your body and can't be hidden. I think they can greatly impact how serious a potential employer may take you.


Pat 5 years ago

Very well said! On issues like tattoos, there are many people who won't speak up, in fear of upsetting the villagers. Thanks for your boldness.


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Elrascal 5 years ago

Great hub. Some very good points about those darn tattoos. I'm not a fan of them myself


JC Auckland 5 years ago

It gives people yet another excuse to whittle down the list of applicants. Instead of doing proper research, asking appropriate questions and discussing requirements for the job following up on job references to see whether the person has the qualifications and more importantly the right attitude, they go for a quick glance. If they don't like your hair, your height or your accent, you're out.

On another not: how many times were you interviewed by someone for a position who had no idea what the job you applied for entailed - did you ever get to meet the people who are going to work with or see the actual place of work as part of the process - before you decided to take the job: and were you disappointed soon after you got there?

Tattoos are not my thing but I know that many indigenous people for whom tattoos represent their history and genealogy such rejection of tattoos is insulting. Actually it is ignorant.

However many modern day tattoos do not seem to make any sense, at least to me. It might pay to be very careful when applying those.

I know for most first impressions count, but in my experience first impressions are almost always wrong. I have heard quite a few people say they regretted rejecting a particular person on first impressions after they, in a different context, had the opportunity to really get to know them. Get to know someone and get over how they look!

Remember the scandals about high flying office holders both in business and government who looked so good on paper and at the interview and later turned out to have made most of it up!


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest

I think it's like anything: You have to be pragmatic about how you go about it. I don't tell anyone at my day job at the Inn that I'd like to quit someday and become a full-time freelance writer, because it would be counterproductive (it would detract from my goal, somebody might laugh at me). Ditto for being cool: Management doesn't have to know you're cool with your tats and other ornaments. Hide it from them, darn it all. :-)


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest

Well, it's very nice to meet the CEO of Sony.:-)


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CaravanHolidays 5 years ago from Wales UK

Unfortunately this is the way of the world - your hub is right. I know plenty of people without tattoos who I would not employ, and conversely I know several who are covered, and I'd give them a job at the drop of a hat. Mind you, I'm the CEO of Sony...


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ohsoamberx 5 years ago from Ohio

I am a young person who has four tattoos and my nose pierced and I make sure I am always presentable at work or in a job interview. I love tattoos, but I would never put them anywhere on my body that I couldn't easily hide. A lot of people look down upon people who have tattoos, but I feel like as long as I am going to get them I will just make sure they are out of sight. As for my nose piercing, I wear a small stud in it because I think it is cute, but I take it out for work because it isn't professional at all. I understand where employers are coming from, so I try to have the best of both worlds haha. I make sure I am presentable for a real career one day, but I also do what makes me happy in moderation! Great Hub!!!


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jacobsterling 5 years ago from New York

an awesome hub..! you guys should read it!


ravi 5 years ago

Good hub. Thanks dude for share very nice information.


danise88 5 years ago

nice share i believe this is really inappropriate and first impression do lasts


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nene7884 5 years ago from Savannah,GA

Who would want to be staring at Mike Tyson look-a-like at the reception desk of a law office?


rakhi 5 years ago

really a useful one thanks for sharing a great post


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Black Tie 5 years ago from Austin, TX

As a human resources professional, I am very pleased with your article.


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cubesz 5 years ago

thank goodness my parents were really strict about tattoos. Great hub!


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NurseMKB 5 years ago

Hi, I'm a retired nurse, never had a tattoo.. but now that I don't have to worry about .."the big Job interview stuff.. and I'm 65, may be I'll get a nice big one!


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Alice DeWonder 5 years ago from 3rd planet from Sun

Hmm, so let me get this straight; in order to achieve nirvana acceptance through a job interview we must misrepresent ourselves in order to go to work for a company that often times performs likewise in order to profit by misrepresentation! Good plan.

Our greatest tats often live beneath our skin - now what? Should we be x-rayed as well?


tugbo200-5 5 years ago

Tattoos on the right places I see nothing wrong with

What gets me is how can anyone believe piercings of the

face are adding to their beauty all those hunks of steel

stuck in their nose,lips eyebrows and wherever else is

a turn-off and without a doubt ....Disgusting.


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Aley Martin 5 years ago from Tacoma, Washington,USA

does anyone even think about the idea that they are not being individuals at all when they get a tattoo, they are actually subscribing to ancient tribal behavior?


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MyTMidge 5 years ago

People do need to be informed about the tattoo bias in job interviews. However, the last job I had was at a bank where tatoos were rampant throughout the company. I even felt isolated because of my lack of them. You just never know.


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brennawelker 5 years ago

Great hub. Peoples Like it.


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest

I realize I'm showing my age, but I've been around long enough to see nearly the entire "cool" cycle on tattoos. My impression in the 60s of people with tattoos centered on an Austrian women who married a GI and ended up in small town Kansas. I don't remember what sort of tattoos she had, but as a child the generalization was that she was merely a biker chick. After I joined the Army in 1979 (I never got any tattoos, not sure why), my impression changed to that of: OK, military dudes get really colorful and cool tats at shops in Seattle when they are so drunk they can't see straight. Nowadays, though, young people get off-the-charts-cool tattoos, hopefully in places that can be hidden in dress clothing, and displayed on the beach (if they are thinking ahead), until such time as the younger generations take over the world and begin to ask older folk during job interviews: "Let me see your tat," at which point the older person says, "Oops," because the young person's face has ink all over it. Anyway ... SK :-)


seentvcanada 5 years ago

I always laugh when I see people with neck tatoos.. doesn't get dumber than that. Sorry but in an office environment the stigma is still there that relates tatoos with degenerates. Even though I have a tattoo i think they should be somewhere you can hide them when you're at work.


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jayb23 5 years ago from India

Wonderful hub chuck. Body tattoo is complete no no when you are working or when you are goin for an interview. Its tends to give a negative impression about the person you are. Keep up the good work.


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Sam1970 5 years ago from NY - Londisland

Great post it always surprises me why some people dress and go to interviews the way they do


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Very good article! A reminder when an individual is looking for work, wisdom and flexibility is required to increase the chances of getting the job; if this means conforming, then that is what needs to be done. Better than being tattoed, pierced and jobless! Nowadays, there is make up specially developed to cover body art and scars. By the way I wrote a hub a while back on my friend's tattoo designs (she owns a tattoo shop) and it's the hub with the most views. :)


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

This is really great post!!


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Financial Help 5 years ago from Florida

This is definitely true! As a business owner, I feel appearance is half the battle when I'm looking for a new employee. Great article


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

I personally don't like Tattoos and piercings. I encourage teenagers not to do it and at work it disturbs me looking displayed Tatoos in a part of the body.

It is a trend and some like to belong to this trend, it is a part of what character a person has and want to be. Tattoos express and tells something about a person having it.


mico 5 years ago

Its a matter of discipline and what the employers think about tattooed people is that they are non-professionals and druggies.


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shon3n 5 years ago from Surabaya , Indonesia

Of course it did.It will looks scummy. Tattoo and piercings are most likely be personal interest but it will not make an interest to a company. But maybe this person can work in artistic business,maybe like event organizer. ;)


sarhajay 5 years ago

i think body art is an expression of ones self. I think going for a job, you should hide them, same with piercings. i have a tattoo and piercings but all i can hide easily so i dont look scummy and give the company a bad name. sometimes it can just look feral having tattoos and piercings all over your body.


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest

Agree with everyone on the various ways to keep them covered up. My sons' tats cover up very well, as they report to their day jobs in short sleeves and ties. I guess the watershed moment will be when the young people take over the various workplaces, aye? :-) SK


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Dilnashi 5 years ago from England

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carolinemoon 5 years ago

Tatoos are very nice for our body. You are very like it if the tatoos is very creative design, that fashion are self employed only.


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Harder 5 years ago from The Good ol' US of A!

Here is one young person that agrees with the tattoo and piercing thing in relation to job interviews! After I got my job, I found out that soon as I walked in the door, my employer was immediately interested simply because I came dressed like I was serious about landing the job.

Listen to this man! Good, down to earth hub.


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mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I agree with your opinion on this subject. I just wish people would think more about the "whole" picture before they choose to adorn their body. I personally have 6 tattoos but none of them are visable to anyone but my husband and me. I work professionally as a teacher and people are shocked when they learn that I have tattoos.


Anne Shaw 5 years ago

This stands still contradictory for many of us. What if you have a tattoo at a place you can't hide. This creates issues then. I have it at the back of my neck. Will it create issues for an interview?


MOVIE REVIEWS 5 years ago

This is pretty much a debate on freedom of expression versus the "corperate" look, suit, tie hair nice and short, your face shaved and smooth as a babys bottom.

i get flack for my well kept pony-tail and gotee. so i like a little facial hair. i shouldn't have to shave myself hairless to impress some suit to get a job.

but alas that is not the world we live in..


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ugagirl66 5 years ago from South Carolina

Being and HR Professional for 25 years, I have interviewed all kinds. But, I can tell you that more disturbing than tattoos are those large holes placed in men and womens ears on purpose. There are two things beside the obvious of being unprofessional (1) They smell awful. (2) They are a huge distraction for people. For instance if they worked in retail, the customers are a lot less likely to approach them than someone with tatoos because they consider it a form of self mutilation and feel they have a "darkness" about them. I quoted that, because I was in a Walmart store when I overheard a customer comment on an employee who was working in their home décor department. I never worked for Walmart. But, as an HR Manager, it made me think about their perception in a different light. Great hub!


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

I think your hub does a good job of making the point that, although there is nothing 'wrong' with body art and piercings, the typical hiring manager still does not expect to see them displayed. A good portion of our population was born long before tatoos were so popular. Otther than the occasional eagle on a bicep I didn't see them much when I was growing up. I'm sure ten or fifteen years from now they will be quite common ON the hiring manager, but that time isn't here yet.

My middle son, against my wishes, has gotten several tatoos, but at least he has them where he can cover them with a tee or short sleeve shirt. He works in the restaurant industry right now and does seem to understand that we have a rather senior population in our town that doesn't appreciate seeing his artwork while they eat. I just pray he keeps them all under his shirt for his sake, at least until those ten or fifteen years pass.


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deblipp 5 years ago

My response to people who ask me about tattoos on an interview is simple: It's never appropriate to show up for an interview without a jacket, whether you have tattoos or not. If your arms are covered, you have no need to worry.


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Chuck 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Deanna419 & Patroofer - thanks for visiting and for your comments.

The issue here is the effect of visible tattoos and other types of visible body art in job interviews. Frequently the job interview is the first, and often only, time an applicant gets to meet the interviewer who, more than likely, will be the person who will be making the hiring decision. Job interviews are also generally relatively short which means the job interviewer has very little time to evaluate the applicant.

In most cases the human resources department has evaluated the person's technical qualifications and declared the person able to do the job. However, no matter how great the person's skills and expertise, what the interviewer is looking for is how that person will perform on the job.

Can the person be counted on to show up and do the work every day?

Will the person be able to work together with the other employees or will applicant be a source of friction in the work place?

How effective will the applicant be with customers and suppliers?

The objective here is to make a good first impression which will then help to open the interviewer's mind to listening to the applicant present his or her case for being hired.

I agree with both of you that visible tattoos and other body art is not proof that the person is unqualified or their knowledge and skill is worse than those without tattoos and other body art.

However, the current market is full of highly qualified people for employers to choose from and if one wants to get hired they should dress and act in a manner that accentuates the skills on their resumes rather than casts doubt in an interviewer's mind as to the quality of the skills they are offering.

And again as I have mentioned in previous comments, the solution is to cover up or remove the body art before the interview. Look closely at the two videos and you will see two very professional looking people who have tattoos and piercings.

In the second video the young lady discussing body art and tattoos literally transforms her appearance as she speaks. In this way she shows how easy it is to be herself outside of work while, at the same time, being able to easily look the part of the professional that she is in the world of work.


Patroofer 5 years ago

I agree that people are judged more harshly when they have tattoos and body piercings and there should be some sort of professionalism shown, however I have come across many folks with tattoos that are way more competent in their field than regular straight laced people.


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Deanna419 5 years ago from Ohio

Great hub, however, it is disheartening for me to see so many judgmental and close-minded people still around, especially the old woman who called the girl a "monster" just because she didn't look like how this woman wanted her to. I'm married and have 3 kids, and am about to finish college as a Medical Assistant with a GPA of 3.8. I've had my nose pierced for 15 years, and have 8 tattoos. Unfortunately, I have to cover up WHO I AM because of judgemental people like the ones leaving the majority of comments on this page, in order to get a job, even though I have the skills that are needed. We try to teach our children NOT to judge others for being different, but yet you adults are doing the exact same thing. Shouldn't you people practice what you preach? How about hiring someone because of their brain and skills?? Would you rather have someone who is "normal" looking, but doesn't know what they are doing working for you and ends up screwing up your company? Some of the comments on this page are disgusting, especially Tamila calling people with tattoos "junkies". Are you really that ignorant?????


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Chuck,

I am a high school teacher. More and more high schoolers are getting tattoos. They think about the here and now and not the consequences of their actions. They think it is "cool."

I remember 25 years ago working for Service Merchandise, and my first week was spent watching videos on "How to Treat Customers." Back then I thought it was the most ridiculous thing in the world to be shown how to do what seemed to be the obvious. I don't think our kids have the social skills or tact that we had back then. Tattooing and piercing are proof of that. It can be tasteful, but it seems to be an addiction for many.

Tattoo artists are smart, though. They have been taught the art of tattooing, and now many are training to remove tattoos. Smart business move. Hopefully, this trend will stop after ten years have passed and our kids are seeing the consequences.

A great hub!!

Thanks!


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jessicab 5 years ago from Alabama

Great hub I definitely think it is not appropriate for someone to have tattoos on and go on an interview.


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Ibrahim K. Shafin 5 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh & Washington DC, USA

Very interesting to know! Thanks for the hub....!!


livagoth 5 years ago from Greece

First impression is crucial, so preferably no visible tattoos.

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deadlyking 5 years ago

Thanks dude for share very nice hub


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I admire body art but there is place for that. You've raised excellent points and touched important issues especially on the objectivity in job interviews. Good luck with your training program.


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Toby Simon 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

Thanks for sharing this very useful & informative hub. Yeah job hunters should look at their very best. For example, nowadays a lot of people who are qualified for a certain position but they cannot get the job because of their body art.


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Tamila Roberts 5 years ago from Canada

This is true, who would hire a tattooed "junky" looking type of person in his business? Personally, I believe that a strong image is much more important. Especially if you know that, one picture is worth at very least 1000 words.


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sam19392 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Thanks Chuck for such an interesting and informative hub


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Chuck 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Paradise7 - thanks for your comment. I manage an adult office training program and part of my responsibilities include coaching students on how to find jobs after they graduate.

In order to to this, I keep a close eye on the local job market and meet with Human Resource people, placement people at temporary help companies and other hiring managers and, invariably, their first comments at these meetings have to do with their complaints about the unprofessional dress and appearance of people who come to them applying for work.

Like it or not, appearance plays a big role in first impressions and, given the limited face time applicants and interviewees have with hiring decision makers when applying or interviewing for a job, it is usually difficult, if not impossible, to overcome a bad first impression in such a short time.

The other thing I point out to students is the fact that employers can afford to be choosy in this job market as there are usually literally hundreds of people applying, all with the needed skills, for a particular job. Given this large supply, employers can afford to be very selective when making hiring decisions.

Finally, as I have pointed out in some of my comments above, the two videos I included in the Hub above demonstrate how easy it is to temporarily change one's appearance using clothing to cover tattoos and temporarily removing piercings.

Since most of are not surrounded by journalists and Paparazzi 24/7 we can separate, to a large extent, our public and private lives.

This means that we can dress and act in the professional manner required by the world of work during the 40 hours or so per week while we are on the job and then change our dress and actions to what we want during the 128 hours of the week when we are not on the job.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Excellent hub!! I would sort of think that it's self-evident info, but you should see what shows up sometimes when one is in a position to hire people. Purple hair, pierced lips, various and sundry painful-looking piercings, obscene tat's, you name it.


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schoolmarm 5 years ago from Florida

I always told my kids never to get a tattoo anywhere that they would have a problem covering it. My logic was that you never know when you will find yourself in a situation where you won't feel comfortable showing it. Don't you know - the first thing my son did when he turned 18 was get a big tattoo on his lower arm. Kids! Thankfully he can wear long sleeves to cover it when he needs to. Great hub!


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Blessings to you and yours Chuck!

GREAT Hub and GREAT Comments! I agree with you 100%!

Speaking for myself, if someone "tells" me to do or not to do something, I find resistance swelling up inside!

If someone takes the time to "explain" to me the logic and reasoning behind a situation (like you did so well above) I am motivated internally to do what is appropriate! Without being asked or told!

I have had much more success with the second approach for two reasons; 1) less resistance on the part of the person required to make changes, and 2) more importantly it forces me to examine my own beliefs if I am required to explain in a logical/rational fashion my wish for the other to make the changes!

"Because I said so" or "because I sign the paychecks" is not a logical explanation! Neither is "I knew someone with tattoos who did drugs - or stole things - or ran off with my husband/wife!" Those stereotypes are no different than those based on race or gender!

Whatever makes us uncomfortable, whatever we dismiss or judge without consideration, is an opportunity to examine where it comes from! (Usually upbringing!) And, to ask ourselves if we want to continue holding that belief!

Thanks for the great thought-provokers!! Have a wonderful day!

Blessings Always, EarthAngel!


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Leighsue 5 years ago

I agree. Tatoos should not be visible in those siturations.


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Chuck 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Thank you everyone for your comments.

Earth Angel, your two comments were right on. I agree that the idea here is that the dress should be appropriate for the situation.

The fact is, and this was demonstrated by the young ladies in the two videos, that, with a little effort, one can usually hide tattoos with clothing (unless they are on permanently exposed portions of the body like the face or neck) and piercings can simply be removed for situations, like job interviews, where they are not appropriate.

In the first video, the young lady giving the talk on appropriate dress literally transformed herself from someone you would expect to meet in a club to a person ready for a job interview simply by removing the piercings and putting on a professional looking jacket.

In the second video the young lady being interviewed was dressed very professionally yet she admitted during the interview that she had tattoos and piercings.

The other thing to keep in mind is that, in many companies and industries, the dress code is more relaxed and tattoos and piercings may be acceptable on the job. However, for the interview it is probably safer, in most cases, to be conservative and cover the tattoos.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Chuck and all Commenter's,

There certainly seems to be divide between acceptable and unacceptable along "age lines" regarding tattoos! Being an "old fogie" myself (as well as a Minister) I can understand the "traditional" belief systems against excessive body art!

Having written that however, I would ask that we extend to the younger generation the same courtesies we wish them to extend to us!

If they listen to our unending stories of "how it used to be" then we need to give them equal time and listen to "how it is now!"

Our younger counterparts listen to us, sometimes, to glean kernels of truth and wisdom amid the fluff and ego of our earlier importance! We need to respect that they as well, have kernels of truth among all the other stuff we may not understand!

"Turn around is fair play!" Don't shut down! Open up!

Tattoos?? No; really inappropriate for a job in a Bank! But in a Graphics Design firm, different standard!

It's not just about Tattoo's! It's about being appropriate!

Chuck has it correctly!

Blessings always, Reverend EarthAngel!!


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to offer young people some common sense advice on job search. I can't believe what walks through my door looking for work and that they actually think I will hire them.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Hot topic, which needs to be discussed. Thanks for sharing some good insight on tatoos.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Chuck, I think you are absolutely correct. Tatoos and such are fun but have no place in the business world. Unfortunately it is close to impossible to convince the younger generation the importance of looking more traditional.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

You make some excellent points. I suppose a lot of it depends on the audience, too. In some cases, I know that tattoos and piercings have been an advantage! Of course, those scenarios are exceedingly rare.


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Ken Barton 5 years ago

Good Hub on tattoo's and body art, with so many people out of work today I hope the message gets around. Such decoration may be fun and beautiful (to some), but there are many jobs people hold where such decoration will not be accepted.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Great Hub Chuck, I am still surprised at the way some people dress for work and most of all for interviews.

Most persons who have tattoos end up regretting getting one.

Cardisa


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Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

Everything has its place and time. Job interview or a responsible job is not the place for fashions like tatoos and other body art. An eye opener to "mod" youngsters who follow every fad blindly. Great hub. Thanks.


marellen 5 years ago

Great hub and so true. If people with tats or piercing work for the public, its definitely something that should be hidden. I don't think the general population is ready for this.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Good Morning Chuck!

GREAT Hub! Thank you for sharing! Thank you also for presenting what can be a challenging subject with fairness and objectivity!

It is said that only 7% of our communication comes from our words; the other 93% is non-verbal! How we enter a room, how we shake hands and make eye-contact, how we look and dress are much more important!

I wrestle with this topic mostly because I have been self-employed nearly all my adult life and fortunate to sit on the hiring side of the desk!

I am also an author and artist who loves body art and piercing's - although other than one tiny hole in each of my pierced ears I am lacking any other!

Make-up, which I wear probably 4-5 days out of 7, is a form of body art! So is the way each of us, men and women, wear our hair! Even jewelry is a form of body art! Clothing of course, is as well!

I wore the typical IBM-style Dress for Success lawyer/banker attire for years! Expensive, well-tailored, perfectly matched dark suit, white blouse, scarf that looked more like a tie, modest pearl post earrings, manicured, scrubbed, conservative hair and always on time, with leather brief case and Cross pens! I was also always overly prepared spending much of my free time learning about my next project! I was associated with a large group who did the same and it did prove to be very successful - especially for a woman!

When I am hired to give expert witness testimony in Court, I still dress the same way! Or, if I were applying for a large loan, I might choose something similar!

Neurolinguistics, a very effective form of communicating, requires astute observation of the situation and mirroring with the intent of making the other person feel comfortable, like speaking the same language with someone in a foreign country!

As an author/publisher/artist/spiritual activist I have more opportunity to be creative in my appearance! As do the people who I hire for my company! I want my employees to be creative, comfortable and think outside the box! I want them to express themselves individually, happily, boldly, try new things all while being appropriate and sensitive to the situation!

I think what you are trying to encourage young adults above is "appropriateness" in appearance and conduct to the interview situation!

My lawyer-style suits have been moved to the back of the closet! My employees and I dress in bright colors, but not tube tops! We wear comfortable shoes suitable to the outfit, but not flip flops! We may wear ethnic jewelry, but not nose rings! Most of my employees have gorgeous tattoos, in less conspicuous places! None have "Gang Banger" tattooed on their foreheads!

If we are negotiating a large contract with someone from the "old school" we will dress more conservatively! If we are negotiating with a group of young artists, we are a bit more relaxed and creative!

It's no longer about stifling someone's true expression of themselves; it's about being appropriate! In many Eastern cultures, being appropriate in dress and presentation and language is equivalent to showing the other courtesy and compassion!

GREAT Hub Chuck! You are providing an invaluable service to young adults in a highly competitive employment market!

Blessings to you and yours! EarthAngel!


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Nan Mynatt 5 years ago from Illinois

Tell It Like It Is! Good luck in getting the facts to students. Recently a Washington, DC college professor came to our church (sister of member) she had her head shaved, wore big earings and looked like a monester. We old fashioned people stared of course, we had never seen the like.(smile) Being traditional will always get you through an interview and a "job" Good hub!

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