I received an email from someone who wondered whether his long hair, facial hair and tattoos were hurting his chances of getting a job. He was applying for jobs at restaurants and stores and, despite being dressed appropriately, nobody was giving him the time of day.
He most likely was right on target. There are employers, especially in the hospitality and retail industries, that are very concerned about the appearance of their employees. Many employers have company policies limiting facial hair and body art.
Other About.com readers have shared their stories about trying to job search with a tattoo:
However, there are also employers who hire candidates with visible tattoos and piercings. Still others have no limitations at all, including a few that had a company policy stating they did not discriminate based on tattoos or piercings. High on the list of employers with few restrictions are information technology, technical trades, and call centers.
Tattoos and Employment
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