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View Poll Results: Would an applicant with an arm full of tats get the job if you were hiring
I would not hire someone with that many visible tattoos 35 47.30%
The tattoos would make no difference in my hiring decision 36 48.65%
I would be more likely to hire the applicant with tattoos 3 4.05%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:46 PM
 
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Makes no difference to me. I have serpent tattoos that wrap up my legs. I have a huge cross on my back. I am a white collar worker who routinely wears mini skirts and tube tops. I have yet to have anyone say a thing to me.

Tattoos are just an expression of who you are. As long as nothing is wildly offensive, people should feel free to express themselves. I do think that that people should keep facial tattoos to a minimum if they want to get hired. Those can be pretty distracting.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Coming to the interview not dressed professionally says the guy has a lack of common sense in the first place.

People can do whatever they want to, wear whatever they want to, have piercings and tattoos galore in their personal lives, but for most jobs, you still have to conform in your attire. That's just the way it is.

I could do just as good of a job in my pajama pants and flip flops, but I don't think that would go over very well with my employer.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:12 AM
 
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As long as it doesn't get in the way of the actual doing of the job, I wouldn't care. At the same time, I'd understand if someone else might.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Out West
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Most business n modern America would not shy away, unless it is Chic-fil-A. It does not bother me, and as the current older generation retires and dies it will be less an issue. However, it will always carry a stigma with people who punch their butt cheeks. Also, it will be an issue in most Asian countries.
Er...I may be sorry I asked this question but...wth does, "people who punch their butt cheeks" mean?

As for the OP, if I was hiring, I would not care about tattoos if they were not all over the face and weren't gang related, vulgar or pornographic.

I have a tattoo, I'm female and I was not drunk or not thinking when I got it. I spent a number of years thinking about it before I ever got it. I really weighed it out what people said about regret, I took that to heart and really thought about it. I'm not sorry at all that I got it. No one can see it unless I wear a skirt...which, I don't do at work.
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Out West
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Oh really? I know that tattoos in uniform aren't encouraged at all, but can you to point me to which regulation, in any branch, that outright bans any and all tattoos in uniform? There are some regulations that place limitations on tattoos but nowhere is it stated that all tats have to be covered up, or worse yet, banned outright. That day is coming, though.


Actually, it is against the UCMJ to have tattoos, meaning, get them once you are "owned" by the government in the military. As far as they are concerned, your body is not to be marked up in any way as it is "destruction of government property".

Yes.

The fact is, though, unless you have one serious a-hole for a First Sgt or LT, most don't care enough to write them up for it.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:37 AM
 
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Tied score right now but of course that means that the potential employee would have half as good of chance of getting the white collar job as the non tattooed person. Poor odds in this terrible economy.

I thought the main error of logic many posters had was the statement, "I have lots of tattoos and no one says anythign to me about them (so it must be OK)" Of course no one hiring is going to say, HEY YOU HAVE TATTOOS I AM NOT GOING TO HIRE YOU! Instead, quietly and privately they would write you off and say you weren't a good fit, just like people in this poll.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Then you would lose my business. I am turned off by tats. A few, tasteful ones I can deal with. An armload, on the neck or hands tells me this is possibly a convict on parole or probation or someone who isn't business material. First impressions........ I don't want to see your employee's tattoos if they are loaded with them, thank you. I might leave a business and go to another if this was all I was presented with. And I think people who trust everyone the same and don't use their instincts when first meeting or seeing someone are "painfully and woefully ignorant".
I have a tattoo on my neck (kind of...it's technically behind my ear) and I'm about 75% done with a full sleeve. I don't even have a parking ticket to my name, so no issues with the law here. I have a few college degrees, a pilots license and more certificates for random things (welding, ASE etc.) than I can remember.

If you write me off immediately because of my tattoos, that's probably not a good decision for you. Most of the mechanics I worked with had visible tattoos and not a single one of our customers ever had a problem with it. We fixed their jets, they flew away, everyone's happy. When I got laid off, I immediately had 9 job offers within the first 2 weeks without actually sending in any applications...one of them was from a very prominent aerospace company, so my tattoos really didn't hold me back at all.

If Gulfstream thinks I'm 'business material' then I think I'm doing alright
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Tied score right now but of course that means that the potential employee would have half as good of chance of getting the white collar job as the non tattooed person. Poor odds in this terrible economy.

I thought the main error of logic many posters had was the statement, "I have lots of tattoos and no one says anythign to me about them (so it must be OK)" Of course no one hiring is going to say, HEY YOU HAVE TATTOOS I AM NOT GOING TO HIRE YOU! Instead, quietly and privately they would write you off and say you weren't a good fit, just like people in this poll.
Then that's the company's issue, not mine. I probably wouldn't have fit in there anyway

My track record and education speaks for itself, tattoos or not. It's amazing how many companies will overlook something as superficial as 'too many tattoos' if you can save them hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Petticoat Junction
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I wonder how many people who have decided to have tons of tattoos but are looking for office jobs are discriminated against without them knowing it.
They know, they don't care. They are 'making a statement.' Fine - so is the hiring manager.

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Would you ever tell the applicant you did not hire them because of their many tatttoos?
No, because that would be opening up liability in some form or fashion, Im sure. I would not turn someone down solely for tats but it would be a detriment to their candidacy, no doubt. In a white-collar setting, that is.

I know that society has changed a great deal and tats are 'mainstream' now, but all things in moderation - dont get tats that you cant cover with business dress. Tats outside those limits are still outside the norm and are not appropriate for white-collar settings. It is what it is.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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I'm more concern he didn't dress apprioately for the job interview
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