How I was discriminated against
I have been searching for a job for six months now. I live in Orange County, California and can't seem to catch a break. I am heavily tattooed. However, I do cover my facial tattoos when interviewing. My throat tattoo and hand tattoos cannot be covered easily so I generally don't cover them. I like to be honest and forthcoming with potential employers when interviewing, so I choose to not wear a turtleneck. Not to mention I live in Southern California and a turtleneck would raise some questions I'm sure. I do always tell my prospective employers, I will gladly wear long sleeves and a turtleneck if they so choose.
Describe what happened
Nothing in particular has "happened", but I will say this; A look tells a thousand tales when I am interviewing in vain... I can tell. I would almost rather the employer tell me as soon as I approach them that I will not be suitable for the position, based solely on my physical appearance. It is disheartening and troubling, when I am beyond qualified for a position and I am not even given an opportunity to show who I am. Being judged because I embrace my passion in life and I choose to be an individual is horrible. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. In my opinion, there is no difference between discrimination based on tattoos or based on race. Either way, you're being labeled unfairly.
- The only lesson I can take away from this, is to not lose hope. I will stay positive and beautiful and I will continue to search for a position that I will fit into perfectly.