Tattoos and piercing have become more acceptable as a form of art and expression, while society had become more liberated and piercings and tattoos become a part of mainstream culture, some employees are still having a hard time accepting them in the workplace.
If you have body art or piercings then no doubt you have been told by family members and friends to “cover up” or “tone it down” whilst you search for a job. Employers have changed with time and unlike thirty years ago when tattoos and piercings were seen as unusual and associated with gangs and thugs, they are now seen as stylish, even elegant.
However, achieving success in an interview depends on what type of job you are applying for. If you are applying for a creative role then signs of individuality are often interpreted as imagination and expression whilst applying for a customer facing role employers may worry that your image will reflect on the company and turn away potential clients.
If you are worried about your piercings and tattoos effecting a potential jobs communicate with the employer before the interview, confirm the dress code, if anything this will make you appear more enthusiastic about the company,
Tips for interview if you have piercings and tattoos.
- Take our some of your earrings if you have multiple piercings and/or a nose or eyebrow ring.
- Go for studs instead.
- Cover wrist tattoos with concealer or wear large bracelets to cover them.
- Wear a long sleeved shirt or long pants.
- Wear thick tights
- Use clear or flesh coloured piercings
As the law stands in the UK at the moment, there is no legislation to protect people with tattoos and piercings from being discriminated against during the interview stage.
If we can help with your project, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01952 581340.