Does Having Tattoos Make You Less Employable?

Local report says young people are being denied jobs because of their tattoos. What do you think?


When you go to a place of business and find that the person taking care of you has easily visible tattoos, does it matter to you? Does it make you uncomfortable or does it make no difference to you?

As an employer, would you hire someone with tattoos on their head face or neck? Tell us in the comment section below.

On Sunday, The Morning Call ran a story about the confluence of two trends: A lack of employment and an abundance of tattoos among 20 and 30-somethings. More and more young people are finding that they are being denied employment because they have visible tattoos.

In one case, detailed by the newspaper, a college student from Bethlehem was denied a job as a ride operator at Dorney Park because of a tattoo on the back of her neck.

Does that seem fair to you? Tell us in the comments section.

Mallory Vough January 17, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Geo, I do not judge anyone. But if someone has the f-bomb tattooed across their forehead, I can't really blame a perspective employer for choosing someone else. That's not judging, that's common sense. My body is not "drastically" altered. If we were in a professional setting together, you would have no idea that I had tattoos.
Sarah February 23, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Xa Ra human rights !! ppl must feel free to watever they like ..they must not judge with their appearance !!
Bubba August 03, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I have hired literally hundreds of employees. I have a job app, and about 20 minutes of face-to-face interviewing to select someone for the next steps, which are a background check and drug screen before hire. Appearances count. My 230+ years of experience has led me to these instant "non-hire" criteria: 1) Visible tattoos/piercings that cannot be covered up- tells me this person has little common sense and judgmental skills. They don't think ahead. They are going to do their "own thing" be damn what the stupid boss wants. (yeah- you're a "rebel" alright) They have a much higher drug/alcohol abuse/incarceration rate and I don't want to waste $200 of my money on a drug test/background check to find out I'm right. 2) Answering cell phone or text while waiting for or in the interview. I'll end up paying this person to yak and text half the day. 3) Dirty, inappropriate dress. You don't need to be in a suit, but at least try to act like you want to impress me. Clean, un-torn, conservative clothes. If you come in with your torn, dirty baggies around your ankles, I'll assume your "dressed up" and will dread your "normal" dress habits. Wearing a hoodie up gets you a 1 minute cursory interview. 4) Smoking before, during, after interview. Just tells me you're going to cost me lots of money for all your "paid" smoke breaks. I realize these criteria probably cost me a few good employees- but they saved me from hundreds of bad ones. Unfortunately I don't have hours or days to "get to know you".
Ricardo August 15, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Let me put this out there. My tattoos do not define who I am. I am a hard worker and very friendly person to be around. Unfortunately people are constantly being judged because of tattoos and piercings which it is ones personal opinion whether they like them or not. Employers really should take the time to look at whether people are truly qualified or not and keep tattoos separate from that. I understand some if the view points that employers make when it comes to "offensive" tattoos, such as naked people or profanity. I could understand if those kinds of tattoos were easily visible why they won't hire. But let's be honest, I see many doctors and nurses with many tattoos on them. Does that make them any less qualified to save your life or treat you when you are ill? They are professionals no matter what they look like or how many tattoos they have visible or not. Everyone in society judges people on what they look like instead of the person they truly are. Employers should at the least give everyone a fair chance. They could possibly turn down an amazing employee and a hard worker.
Barry Morcom September 16, 2013 at 06:01 AM
An awful lot (not all) of these comments miss the point. I have recently moved from London to Bristol and I am stunned by the number of tattoos. Sure a tattoo does not label the wearer as a criminal or any less of a person than people without but I personally do not like them and I find that in a retail environment I will unconsciously choose not to be served by somebody with a visible tattoo. Am I being prejudice, am I being irrational? Sure I am, but just as you have a right to wear a tattoo, I have the right to choose how I spend my money. I am not alone in this attitude, which in a small way renders the tattoo wearer a less attractive employee. Whilst there are many applicants for each and every vacancy, it makes sound business sense for employers to avoid tattooed applicants. You are quite correct, it is your choice to have a tattoo, you are breaking no laws and usually the tattoos are not offensive, but remember, customers and employers also have choices as well.


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