Less than ten years ago, having visible tattoos could have cost you a job.
These days, tattoos are much more commonplace, with an estimated 40% of student job seekers having at least one tattoo. 70% of these young people hide (or plan to hide) their tattoos when they are at work, and they all feel they've had a harder time finding a job because of their ink.
Maybe not that much has changed after all?
An investigation by Workopolis found that 77% of employers will or might be less likely to hire you if you have visible tattoos.
We dug through the internet to find some useful advice from tattooed job seekers.
1. "Always ask first!"
"It's that simple, respect your workplace and make sure it's okay to show your tattoos - if in doubt, cover them up."
2. “When I was 16 my Mum took my sister and me to get tattoos"
"I got a rose about an inch long right on the front of my hand below my index finger."
"Granted, it’s small, and during interviews, I do keep my hand under the table because you never know, but as far as I know, it hasn't stopped me from any job prospects. I was worried about that while I was in school. If a time has come up where I need to cover it, I use a skin coloured Band-Aid."
"Just be careful where you get it, and of the size and you should be safe."
3. “Depends on the workplace"
"At the end of the interview, I ask how they feel about tattoos and if they will need me to cover mine up. I work in dental and have a full sleeve. Some practices have had me cover it up while others are fine with it. Usually, it’s fine if it’s not vulgar or bad but always ask.”
4. "Think about how reasonable it would be to cover them"
"I have 'visible' tattoos on my wrist, foot, and one behind my ear. All visible on an almost daily basis with my style choices. However, if I got a job where that wasn't ok, I can easily wear closed shoes or boots, leave my hair down and toss on a watch or some bangles and I'm in the clear. I thought really hard about this prior to getting anything done because while I love my tattoos, I also love paying rent."
All quotes have been found on Reddit/CareerGuidance.
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