Why Tattoos and Body Art Are Perfectly Acceptable for Job Interviews
I'll try not to turn this into too much of a rant. To say that tattoos and body art are unacceptable for all job interviews is, quite simply, insane. Let's start with tattoos...First of all: What kind of job are we talking about here? A construction job renders your argument invalid. As does a factory job. In fact, the only places I foresee tattoos being an issue, are places nobody wants to work at, anyway: Fast Food Restaurants, and Initech. Even then, we're talking about something as simple as putting on a long sleeved shirt.
And who are these employers that still think, in 2011, that the only people with tattoos are ex-cons and gang members? Wake up. We are living in the age of information, communication and personal expression. Tattoos aren't the taboo thing they were forty or fifty years ago. The senior citizens that are offended by them are quickly disappearing.
Look here... Everything offends someone. I'm not a fan of facial piercings or gauged ears, but I'm certainly not going to pass on a potentially amazing candidate because he or she has a stud in their tongue. That's who they are. If I were to tell you about how I didn't hire a guy because he was morbidly obese, and I thought he would be a lazy employee, someone in the ACLU or NAMBLA would have my head on a stick for discrimination.You cannot base hiring decisions on such a ridiculous standard of aesthetic professionalism. Our physical differences should be celebrated, whether we were born that way or not. If you go back long enough, you would find people that were offended by women wearing pants. As a society, we need to move forward and evolve.. Stop holding on to our ancestors ignorant prejudices and obsolete ways, and think for yourself. Unless it's a tribal. In that case, not only should you not hire them, you should probably find their house and spray paint DOUCHE BAG across their vehicle in giant letters while they sleep.