re: Do tattoos influence the probability of getting hired? VIEW POST


I work in a digital agency where I can think of at least 5 different employees have full sleeves (and more, one guy has tattoos on his hands as well).

I think it really depends on the company, but generally I think it's probably more of an issue in a much more corporate environment.


I've worked in many environments: academic; non-profit; healthcare; banking and finance; state and federal civilian government; military. To be honest, haven't really found that any segment has a consistent sensitivity to the looks of their IT people ...not within the 2000s, at least. The whole "Internet era" kind of changed expectations across the cultural landscape. It's almost expected, at this point, that your top-gun types are going to be "weird". To a degree, you can use that to your advantage ...but part of that degree is being able to deliver. Projecting a certain persona makes a promise your actions need to be able to deliver on. Which is to say, while tattoos and/or piercings (weird haircuts and unnatural hues) won't make getting in the door appreciably harder, in the more cloistered industries, it definitely makes it so getting pushed out the door is also easier.


I often wonder about that. I avoid corporate environments as that's not really my style, so maybe I'll never know 😁


Me too! Although my only tattoo at the moment is on my ankle and most of the time it's hidden (Scottish weather 🙄). However I plan on getting one on my arm at some point.


Corporate environments frequently have the money to buy the latest toys, though.

In my experience so do non-corporate environments, and you might even get them faster :-)

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