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April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 127

Tattoos in the Workplace

In this tough economy, job openings are scarce. As the unemployment rate increases so does competition between prospective employees. In an attempt to gain the advantage over rivals, many young professionals undergo extensive and expensive job related education and training. However the deciding factor between equally eligible candidates may, in fact, be their body art. Tattoos can be a deal breaker for many employers, especially when in areas which make them readily vsible such as the face and neck, hands, wrists, and forearms. Although the owner may have gotten the tattoo to display their individuality or unique flare, many employers consider the body art an unprofessional liability. We've all, at one point in time, heard the old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover." However, in the corporate world appearance goes a long way. While the candidate may possess excellent credentials and be knowledgeable and well-versed in the affairs of the company, this outward display of independence may put them at a disadvantage compared to their non-tattooed peers.

What's the Big Deal?

Image is everything. As an employee of a company, you are also a representative. A customer's first impression of you is their first impression of the company. Neat and well-dressed employees portray a level of professionalism and accomplishment, which subliminally conveys the message 'This company is successful and capable of fulfilling one's business needs.' Conversely, a bad first impression may convince the customer that the company is not likely to be of assistance to them and to patron elsewhere. Since the general public has mixed emotions toward body art, employers tend to consider easily seen tattoos a liability, posing the threat of a customer lacking an affinity for tattoos to consequently opt against utilizing the business despite the employee's competency or ability.

Reversing the Mistake

To increase the potential for employment, many young professionals choose to undergo tattoo removal procedures. At a cost ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, prospective employees are willing to pay the equivalent of multiple education courses in attempt to eliminate their self induced "handicap" and gain leverage in these current tough employment markets. This sombering fact lends credence to the severity of adverse impact clearly visible tattoos have on one's professional development.

In Short...

Easily visible tattoos can weigh more heavily on an employer's hiring decision than candidate competency and compatibility and may be the sole reason for not receiving a job offer. These tattoos are a potential liability which employers are unwilling to chance. As a result, many young professionals are paying for costly tattoo removal procedures to gain footing in the competitive employment markets. What's the lesson to be learned here? Consider the consequences before deciding on a tattoo.

Peter Wendt is a writer and researcher living in Austin, Texas. Over the years he has become an authority on laser tattoo removal procedure. If you would like to learn more about this subject, then the author recommends a visit to

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