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A person with tattos you hire yes or no

  1. Lgali profile image56
    Lgaliposted 8 years ago

    I think people with tattos find sometime hard

    1. JamaGenee profile image85
      JamaGeneeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Depends on where the tattoos are, how big, and if this person will be dealing directly with customers.

    2. MissJamieD profile image74
      MissJamieDposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have a couple of tattoos, one is a black panther on my forearm. I was 18 when I got it, now I regret it but can't do anything about it. I am a caring, sweet person and prefer office jobs. I haven't ran into problems with it yet but I also wear long sleeves most of the time. Living in Minnesota there's not much time to wear revealing clothing due to the weather.

      1. Lgali profile image56
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        why society so har for people with tattoes

  2. frogdropping profile image86
    frogdroppingposted 8 years ago

    Well Lgali...if they're along the middle of their forehead...

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      or anywhere where we can see

  3. profile image42
    badcompany99posted 8 years ago

    Wear a long shirt, works for me : )

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      how about long pants

    2. Everyday Miracles profile image88
      Everyday Miraclesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      A story about that...

      My husband is a golf professional. He knew someone from golf school (I think?) who had a beautiful tattoo of a dragon that went up his back and down one of his arms. He wore long sleeves most of the time to cover the tattoo.

      Once, he met someone who wanted to offer him a job. The offerer invited the man out for a game of golf, and when the tattooed golf professional went to play, his tattoo was seen in the locker room at the club. He didn't get the job.

      In the summer, golf professionals are expected to wear short sleeved shirts. He lost the job because of his tattoos.

      DH is a professional, generally working in management, though right now in sales. It is always best not to have tattoos or facial piercings if you're going to be presenting yourself to the public. I took my nose piercing out years ago because of this.

      ETA: No, not always. *Usually*.

  4. profile image42
    badcompany99posted 8 years ago

    Or wear a short skirt, that works better : )

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      how about no skirt

      1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
        GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        See, now you're just catering to the male population with over zealous nudity. ;P

      2. profile image42
        badcompany99posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        When can you start lol

        1. Lgali profile image56
          Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I already started u miss me LOL

          1. profile image42
            badcompany99posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Every second : )

  5. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
    GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years ago

    Haha badcompany...

    My tattoos, when I get them, will be small and barely noticeable.

    1. profile image42
      badcompany99posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Joking aside I have 5, two on each arm and one on my shoulder and I wish I hadnt got them. Twas a teenage deckhand at the time trying to impress a fair wench.

      1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
        GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Neat. ;D Great way to stay in character. =P

        Mine, yet again...will say "Made in China" on my left wrist and "Assembled in Mexico" on my right.

        G|M

  6. brad4l profile image78
    brad4lposted 8 years ago

    I think an individuals actual qualifications are almost always much more important than their physical appearances. So, I would judge someone on how well they fit the job, rather than whether or not they have a tattoo on their arm.

    1. J. Kumm profile image58
      J. Kummposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It would be nice if it worked that way, but it doesn't. I would hire anyone with tats if they were qualified and gave a good interview.

      1. brad4l profile image78
        brad4lposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I think, with the exception of face tattoos, it does work like that more often than not.

        Perhaps there is still more prejudice in some of the professions that Ralph Deeds mentioned, but in technical and industrial fields, the qualifications and abilities of the individual usually are more important than the fact that they have a visible tattoo.

        I have known a lot of successful professionals that have visible tattoos. I remember I sold a car once to this guy that was covered in tattoos. He had tattoos on his arms and his neck and turned out to be a software developer at a major computer hardware manufacturer.

        1. Lgali profile image56
          Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          you are right face tattoos are bad
          I think any tattoos on visible part are bad..

          1. Maddie Ruud profile image80
            Maddie Ruudposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Doesn't that defeat the purpose?

            My tattoos are in places that are easily covered: two around my left ankle, one on the back of my neck (a Norse rune that's fairly small, and hidden when I wear my hair down).  But that didn't factor into my decision, and I've never conciously had to cover them.

            My tattoos are part of me.  I'm not ashamed of myself.

            1. agvulpes profile image88
              agvulpesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I'm not ashamed to admit that I have admired a nice tattoo on a ladies ankle. If it's tastefully done I don't see any problem.
              Also many sportspeople are having them done in honour of winning premierships or such.

              1. Eaglekiwi profile image79
                Eaglekiwiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Guess at the end of the day ,it really depends on what the tattoo's looks like ,and really if the person hiring is ok with it or not

                Personally I have this strong urge to get one now thats says
                "Hire Me" lol

                1. agvulpes profile image88
                  agvulpesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Then what happens when you get a job ?

                  1. Eaglekiwi profile image79
                    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    After I get the job, delete the Hire ,and add 'All About'(lol)

            2. oxymoron profile image57
              oxymoronposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              It's so simple that you should think a lot before going for having a tattoo smile

  7. Lgali profile image56
    Lgaliposted 8 years ago

    I find our society does not like much

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Meh, some people are closed minded. "OMG! They've a tattoo! They must be in one of them tharr biker gangs! Or they musta got it in jail over some pruno!"

      B.S.

      Individuality is key, and as long as it's not obscene...

      G|M

      1. Lgali profile image56
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        that is good
        Individuality is key

      2. Lgali profile image56
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        small is good

  8. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Well, in North America tattoos are quite common and people do get hired. Most do cover them at work though.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I find percenatge is very very low

  9. profile image42
    badcompany99posted 8 years ago

    If I could go back I would get 1 tattoo and that would be the Chinese symbol for good luck on my wrist.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      if you work for chinese company

    2. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Do Chinese people get badly worded English on their arms? ;D

      1. profile image42
        badcompany99posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Cute lol !

  10. Anna Marie Bowman profile image90
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years ago

    I do not see a problem with tattoos.  As long as they are qualified for the job, and they can be mostly covered, it really shouldn't matter. 

    I have two tattoos on my back, that are not very small.  Of course, when I'm at work, no one can see them, because I have to wear a polo shirt.

  11. Eaglekiwi profile image79
    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years ago

    Reminds me of when I was asked to remove studs from my ears as a young student years ( in the 70's)

    Do they effect the way I work?
    No
    Is policy law?
    No

    Are we overly concerned about appearances , my opinion
    Yes

    Think about this , do you remember good service or bad service?
    or how the person looked?

    The only stipulation I would insist on is hygiene, all the other gobbly gook is fluff.

    By the way pants down to ya a** or any body parts out more than in is unhygenic.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      thanks for sharing this story

      1. Eaglekiwi profile image79
        Eaglekiwiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You are welcome , enjoyed the question.
        The wierd thing is as children and teenagers we are usually all encouraged to be unique and yet we do
        Its considered "inappropriate"
        Crazy

        I personally dont want a tattoo but I think in the great scheme of things who does it hurt?
        Their image? How?
        example
        The pizza boy who delivered my pizza had a tattoo of buddha on his arm
        I dont agree with Buddha ,but do I quit buying pizza?
        No way ,does it affect my decision to buy from that company again
        No
        Do I associate Buddha with Pizza now
        No
        Just more corporate nonsense

        1. Lgali profile image56
          Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this
    2. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Policy may not be law, but we've a policy on circumventing that. wink
      You signed the paperwork when we hired you! big_smile

      Just thought I'd share my experience.

      G|M

      1. Eaglekiwi profile image79
        Eaglekiwiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        ....Yes but that doesnt make it right now does it?

        Oh now Im excited to ask a question on here thankyou (again)

        1. Ralph Deeds profile image65
          Ralph Deedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Former Secretary of Labor, Treasury and State George Shultz has a Princeton tiger tattooed on his butt, I read somewhere. He got it when he was in the Marines, if I recall correctly.

          1. Eaglekiwi profile image79
            Eaglekiwiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            so no chippendales for him right? lol

          2. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
            GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Neat stuff Ralph, thanks for the info. wink

            Does it make it right? No, not at all, I suppose....but does that mean they don't enforce it?

            G|M

  12. Anna Marie Bowman profile image90
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years ago

    I have never had a problem getting a job because of the way I look.  I have my tongue pierced, as well.  Of course, I don't have crazy tattoos on my face, or implants in my head, or anything like that, so I guess it's less of a concern.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      implants in my head LOL

      1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image90
        Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'm not kidding!  There are people out there who implant things in their head, to give them ridges or bumps.  Almost like the same sort of thing with cosmetic surgery (cheek implants, chin implant), except they do them in strange ways, like giving themselves bumps that look like small horns coming out of their forehead.

        1. Lgali profile image56
          Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          thnaks for info I do not know this before

    2. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good observations. smile

      I've been bitched at for a little bit of makeup and "nail polish" here/there. But I've never shown up to a shift wearing one of my awesomely cool technoish "legless pants."

      wink

      G|M

  13. sassychic profile image59
    sassychicposted 8 years ago

    I have a tattoo on the back of my shoulder now. I dont know if any of you guys remember when I asked for advice on what to do. I think the back of the shoulder is perfect when you work you can't see it because of clothes when you swim people can see it because its an apporpriate time and people who dont find it acceptable dont have to know. If you get a tattoo the only reason someone else will know is if you want them to and you tell them and want the attention. with teh acception of being a swim instructor I think you would be fine if you stick to my advice.

  14. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    So my cousin who works in job training and placement has a guy come in saying he doesn't know why he can't keep a job and he's got "BAD ATTITUDE" tattooed on his face.

    For me, I don't care if you have every inch of your body tattooed, but if you've got your neck above the collar line and your face tattooed, then don't expect people to take you seriously.

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, not the best place or message to spread. Reminds me of the main antagonist in Snow Crash--beefy fella with a nuclear warhead for a side car, his face had been stamped with a tattoo for future reference when he got out of being detained..it read

      Poor Impulse Control

      G|M

    2. sassychic profile image59
      sassychicposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Agree with that! That was just pure studity.

  15. Bob Cedar profile image52
    Bob Cedarposted 8 years ago

    It also depends where you live. Areas are more conservative and some are more liberal about stuff like that.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good take some places are good

  16. Maddie Ruud profile image80
    Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago

    I've got 3 tattoos.  Does that affect my ability to do my job?  Not in the least.  I'm still kicking a$$ and taking usernames. 

    Really, I don't think I'd want a job where the priorities of the company or leadership were so messed up as to put body art or lack thereof above capability and temperament.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image65
      Ralph Deedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I guess the answer depends on what kind of job you're applying for and how visible and large the tattoos are. I suspect that big tattoos might not help you get a job as a nurse or physician's assistant or x-ray technician.

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image80
        Maddie Ruudposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I realize this might be true, but that doesn't mean it's right, or makes any kind of sense.  I think the stigma against tattoos should have gone extinct a long time ago.  I don't care if my doctor has tattoos, as long as s/he knows what the heck s/he's talking about.

        1. Adrianna's Pages profile image59
          Adrianna's Pagesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Maddie:I agree that the md needs to show knowledge of the profession (I'm a nurse), however I think it's a generational thing. If you're 18 to 40, probably not a problem...but if you're 65 to 90 it can be a sign of immaturity to "that" particular generation.

          Example: I have a very good dr friend that is an excellent MD. He does have a couple of Tats and comes to work dressed in boarder shorts and loud print shirts. Well the younger pt's think he's "way cool", however I've overheard other older patrons of my hospital make comments like..."Well I wouldn't want Gilligan takin' care of me!" Like I said...Generational.

        2. Ralph Deeds profile image65
          Ralph Deedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I agree that it's not right. I was just pointing out that prejudice against tattoos exists in certain professions. Other examples: doctors, lawyers, CPAs, bank tellers, high end fashion models, teachers. Anyone hoping to enter those professions had better put their tattoos where the sun don't shine.

          1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image90
            Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I remember, several years back, there was a runway model who had a shaved head, and a dragon tattoo on the back of her head.  It didn't seem to impeed her ability to get work.  I have also known several people in a variety of professions with tattoos, several of them visible when they wore t-shirts of pushed their shirt sleeves up.

  17. Christa Dovel profile image83
    Christa Dovelposted 8 years ago

    When I got a tattoo, I made sure that it would be easily covered, so that it would not effect my hire-ability or my husbands. 
    The place hiring will affect the answer to this question, as much as the tattoo and its location.

  18. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 8 years ago

    I really think it depends on the person and the position.  In example, I work with a designer who has sleeves--tattoos running all down both his arms.  He's also got ear plugs...  It also works on him, kinda weird.  He's still a 'clean cut' looking art guy.

    However, in this area of the country in particular, there are people who look pretty skanky with tattoos on their faces (usually in black ink, and those are generally considered prison tattoos).  And no--I wouldn't hire them.  Well, maybe to work the night shift at a 7-ll. 

    I personally will never get a tattoo.  I'm original enough, wink.  When I feel like being intriguing I wear all black and byzantine earrings.

  19. futonfraggle profile image76
    futonfraggleposted 8 years ago

    I could see Charlie Manson having a hard time getting hired, I mean, I wouldn't hire someone with a tat like THAT but I think most tats are okay, as long as they're not offensive.

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      He's got good music though...if only he had a record deal, we might still have Sharon Tate!

      G|M

  20. mayhmong profile image67
    mayhmongposted 8 years ago

    I think tattoos are beautiful but I will never get it done because I'm such a weakling!?

    I would like to have this one done

    http://femininetattoos.net/wp-content/u … design.jpg

  21. Adrianna's Pages profile image59
    Adrianna's Pagesposted 8 years ago

    I don't have a problem w/tats, but I think it depends on the type of career. If you're going for a job in the art/music industry, or of course, Tattoo artist, then wonderful, but If you're going for a career in the healthcare field, that's different. I say this because, especially in a nursing home setting, elderly people sometimes are intimidated by tattoos/piercings. If you're going for an office position, probably should cover 'em up.

  22. AEvans profile image79
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    If they are obscene cover them up for work, I have seen some beautiful tattoos on people, if the question is would I hire a person with tattoos? Of course it doesn't effect there job performance. smile

  23. SweetiePie profile image82
    SweetiePieposted 8 years ago

    Pretty much every job I have had since college I have known people with tattoos.  The tattoos that they have are tasteful and people seem to like them.

  24. Mighty Mom profile image86
    Mighty Momposted 8 years ago

    You know tats have gone mainstream when BARBIE gets -- not just one (a butterfly on her shoulder) but a tramp stamp on her lower back that says 'I heart Ken.'
    These days, even older people have them. They can be very beautiful and honestly have nothing to do with one's ability to work.
    Judging a book by its cover has never been wise...

    1. agvulpes profile image88
      agvulpesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Anybody see that movie called Cape Fear.
      Is it any wonder that people are intimidated when they see a Tat.
      On the other hand I have seen some very sexy tats on some very beautiful women. And what about Abbie in NCIS .

      1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image90
        Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I LOVE NCIS!!!!  Abby is adorable, in a dark, goth sort of way!!  Great reference!!

  25. profile image0
    Adam Bposted 8 years ago

    I wouldn't hve a problem hiring someone with tattoos.  Maybe it;s becasue I already have tattoos and maybe because I am a musician, but someone's ability to do a job shouldn't be effected by the ink on thier body.

    That being said, if I were hiring someone for a sales position for some sort of corporate or high volume professional company, I wouldn't hire them i they had a tattoo on thier neck, face or hands.  As long as they could cover thier tattoo with clothing...cool.

  26. cindyvine profile image85
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Angelina Jolie has no probs finding work and she has tattoos

    1. weblog profile image56
      weblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Probably those tattoos add value wink

  27. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 8 years ago

    In a job placement program for receptionists and customer service reps, we had a female applicant in her early 20s arrive for an interview wearing sleeveless, deep-necklined top that revealed moderate cleavage, self-inked blurry tattoos on one forearm, a plastic neon-red hair-fall attached into the natural brown but unstyled, and large appliques on all fingernails of a heterosexual couple engaged in mutual oral sex. The tattoos were the least of our concerns.

    The tattoos in themselves, unaccompanied by the rest would have looked unprofessional because of their low quality. We would not have wanted gang-related symbols, profanity, hate symbols/words, nudity, or obscenity.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      this means small tatoo hidden is good

      1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
        Patty Inglish, MSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, and I don't think all have to be hidden, just according to the type of business, if applicable.

        1. Ralph Deeds profile image65
          Ralph Deedsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I've seen some inoffensive and attractive wrist and ankle bracelet tattoos which would not be cause for rejection in an interview. The larger and more visible the tattoo the more likely it would result in rejection in many professions.

          1. Lgali profile image56
            Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I find tatoos are still not finding nice place in our society..

  28. Eaglekiwi profile image79
    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years ago

    Personally a tatto would probably not be the main reason for me not hiring someone ,but depending on the actual design it certainly would influence my decision.

  29. Bob Cedar profile image52
    Bob Cedarposted 8 years ago

    I'm getting a tattoo of a grape, so when I get older it will turn into a raisin.

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      HAHA -- On some folks, it might change into an over-stretched-out baggy balloon...

      1. Lgali profile image56
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        LOL   lol

  30. Eaglekiwi profile image79
    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years ago

    ROTFLMAO!!!


    Your hired

  31. Bob Cedar profile image52
    Bob Cedarposted 8 years ago

    big_smile

  32. Klniksta profile image55
    Klnikstaposted 8 years ago

    i love how at the beginning of this forum we started talking about no clothes and nudity, when the question was about hiring someone with tattoos smile

  33. flread45 profile image80
    flread45posted 8 years ago

    If they are not gang related or pornographic,or sex related..

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      that is right

  34. Research Analyst profile image80
    Research Analystposted 8 years ago

    Depends on the job they are applying for and if the tattoo is visible, work culture and the reaction of clients or customers.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good take

    2. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      YES YOU ARE RIGHT type of job..some hidden jobs are the best choice

  35. Research Analyst profile image80
    Research Analystposted 8 years ago

    Tattoo are more acceptable because they are considered fashion.

  36. tksensei profile image61
    tksenseiposted 8 years ago

    Sorry if all this has been said:

    I think it depends on what kind of tattoo and where it is and what job the person is applying for.

    1. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      nice one

    2. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i like the idea of job the person is applying for

    3. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good talke

    4. Lgali profile image56
      Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good take

  37. Lgali profile image56
    Lgaliposted 8 years ago

    so the conclusion is small tattos hidden are good to go

  38. Pete Maida profile image60
    Pete Maidaposted 8 years ago

    I would only have one situation that would make me think twice.  If he had to deal with the public and my next meal was based on by business' standing with the public; I might have to think hard about it.

    My son and my step-son both have fairly large tatoos but none are clearly seen in work clothes.

    1. mandybeau profile image56
      mandybeauposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I would not hesitate to employ a person with professional tatos where they could not be seen, I would however not want to employ a person, with tats on their hands the sort that say LOVE HATE on each finger these scream" I have been in jail had a biro and a needle, and too much time on my hands. So also may suggest I could be dishonest...... They also are disfigurement, I have designed tatooes for people as part of my job, but on each occassion told them I did not like them, and believed that they would regret them later on.
      A slim lady on the arm of a young guy looks alot different, when all the colour has left and his skin is wrinkled in his fifties, also i am really against names. Bad move. I do not however have a problem with cultural tattos, such as our maori ones, it is Politically incorrect to discriminate against these, these are legends, and are carried by families.

      1. Lgali profile image56
        Lgaliposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        very nice take

 
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