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Tattoos lessen likelihood of landing a job

There are 83 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 30, 2007, titled Tattoos lessen likelihood of landing a job. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Got a tattoo? It could interfere with getting a job. A new survey shows that employees are getting the message that plenty of bosses find visible tattoos or body piercings objectionable in the workplace.

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Aster

Indianapolis, IN

#62 Jan 30, 2008
I think it is ridiculous if you do not get hired because you have a tattoo. They do not reflect your intelligence or your ability to work.
It is close minded to deny someone an opportunity to work because they have some body ink.
83% of this country have at least one tattoo.
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#63 Jan 30, 2008
Jeff wrote:
How true this is. I went to interview for a position with United Healthcare, working in a office complex never visited by customers. The first two interviews, I wore shirt and tie, got a 98.6% on my entrance exam, passed all the other testing they needed me to do. They called me on a friday afternoon to try and come in for my drug testing, and I was already out for the day, and i didnt have time to change from my shorts and t-shirt I had on. Besides it was just for a drug test. Needless to say I never heard back from them until I received a letter in the mail stating I wasnt qualified enough to work there. All because of a tattoo that actually holds meaning was showing. Yes I understand perception has a lot to do with reality, but a lot of good workers are being turned away because of tattoos. Hell cologne and perfumes are a hell of a lot more offensive than tattoos.
Just the cheap kind. Corporate america is still run by old white foggies.
MrTattoo

Reno, NV

#64 Mar 5, 2008
I am a 23 year old male and I am fully sleeved on both arms, as well as have tattoo's for my mother and father on my head. Did I mention that I work at the hospital as an Anesthesia Tech? I also got a 37 on my MCAT and am waiting to hear back from a few med schools. I let every school I applied for know about my tattoos, and the could see the ones on the tops of my hands and my knuckles. Knuckles read "No Regret" and the people that interviewed me said it didn't matter about the tattoos, the MCAT along with my GPA of 3.8 showed more than enough proof that I am a qualified individual. The only thing they asked of me is if I am accepted into the program that I grow out my hair to cover my head, and I can deal with that.
Margaret

United States

#65 Mar 5, 2008
Tatoos represent very low self esteem. It is basically self mutilation. People with tatoos have serious social issues. I would not hire someone covered in tatoos and piercings.
Aaron

Milan, TN

#66 Apr 30, 2008
Margaret wrote:
Tatoos represent very low self esteem. It is basically self mutilation. People with tatoos have serious social issues. I would not hire someone covered in tatoos and piercings.
Really? Normally I don't indulge people fishing for attention like this overly eager attempt but here it is: I have a tat on my neck and a full back in progress. I have a 3.7GPA going into my junior year at college, have plenty of friends, and have never had a more positive outlook about myself and of life in general than I do now. Some of us people that like getting tattoos or when each tattoo has a special meaning to us get those tattoos for quite the opposite reasoning than low self-esteem. We (the happily tattoo'd) get these because we are confident in ourselves to the point where we are willing to make a life altering decision such as tattoos. Tattoo artists are generally the most open-minded people you'll ever met. They accept you for who you are and take great pride in their work. At the risk of sounding like im 5 years old, you, mam, are the one with low self esteem. You cant handle the way society has progressed, so you close your mind to accepting people for who they are and not how they look.
Glen

Hinsdale, IL

#67 Apr 30, 2008
MrTattoo wrote:
I am a 23 year old male and I am fully sleeved on both arms, as well as have tattoo's for my mother and father on my head. Did I mention that I work at the hospital as an Anesthesia Tech? I also got a 37 on my MCAT and am waiting to hear back from a few med schools. I let every school I applied for know about my tattoos, and the could see the ones on the tops of my hands and my knuckles. Knuckles read "No Regret" and the people that interviewed me said it didn't matter about the tattoos, the MCAT along with my GPA of 3.8 showed more than enough proof that I am a qualified individual. The only thing they asked of me is if I am accepted into the program that I grow out my hair to cover my head, and I can deal with that.
Let's see how your IQ would help you as a commission only home repair salesman, doing cold calls in a neighborhood full of senior citizens.
Eternal Love

Chicago, IL

#68 Apr 30, 2008
RWB wrote:
I personally don't see why so many people are getting tattoos, other than to follow everyone else in their age group. "Hey, my friend has one and it looks cool so I'll get one too"! I honestly CANNOT think of ONE, SINGLE thing that is SO important that I want it branded on my body for LIFE!!! Think it through before tattoo!
My tattoo is in memory of my lost child. THAT is SO important that I want it branded on my body for LIFE.
Not just a fad

Maple Grove, MN

#69 May 10, 2008
Some of you are saying tattoos are just a fad and will soon be out of style. Let me remind you that humans have been tattooing themselves for thousands of years, from ancient tribes to modern day people. And tattooing techniques and artists only get better and better. The urge for people to "ink" themselves will never fade.
Tattoo Witness

Greenvale, NY

#70 May 21, 2008
I had a director who had about 17 tattoos and she had most of them in visible places and she was really not taken that seriously at all. Her peers and collegues didn't really respect her, I often saw her attempting to cover them up but there were so many and both of her legs were covered and she would have to wear a skirt to her ankles to cover it up completely(which she never did). My thing is that it just doesn't look professional and people are really judgemental when you go into certain arenas. It causes people to have a preconceived notion about you and your morals.
jon

Irvington, NJ

#71 Jun 19, 2008
you only live once why not get a tattoo
reality bites

Canada

#72 Jul 22, 2008
I agree with jon "you only live once why not get a tattoo". I would also agree with the statement "forget success, you only live once, why not try to make it as difficult as you can?". Further, I would also agree with someone if said "failure is the new success".

You, jon, are ridiculous.
Bentley

Fort Worth, TX

#73 Nov 3, 2008
Let's face It , this worlds foundations are based off Liberty and freedom . Yet we bend the rules to accomodate for the needs we have and enforce the rules over objects of which we do not need .
I believe the greatest accomplishment this world has Is It's nedless bounds of flexible and mendacious morality .
I got several tattoos when I turned 18 .
and I am now 21 , since I got my first tattoo not one company has hired me . 3 years of no employment , because of my tattoos I wasn't qualified or " appropriate " for any company even most fast food chains ." I'm a dengerative youth , a wrong choiced individual . " - So they say .
after all of these " unqualified " posistions I had been applying for It seemed that the world I was living In ( liberty and freedom ) didn't agree with my right to liberty and freedom .
Apparently , we come to america to pursue our dreams , to land a good job and to be free ; yet we are ridiculed for living free , obtaining our dreams no matter how far fetched and grotesque .
I found my home needless to say .
I did 3 years In the army reserves and they paid for my college . A simple gas station wouldn't hire me , but the government would conract me pay and benefits for the risk of my life .
I now hold a bachelors degree In Film from Full Sail University ( top 5 rated film school In the world ) 2 Associates degrees ; Recording arts & In the writting arts . In may of 2010 I will graduate with my bachelors In psychology and another associates In buisness marketing .
A highly respected work background with the military ( honorable discharge at an E-5 rank )
3 degrees , 2 more on thier way .
All of my tattoos say love and hope and one mural of my wife and child who passed away last year on my arm . Nothing discriminating or degrading all beautiful encryptions . Yet I am still a degenerate , porrly choiced and Incompident Individual .
Still to this day Nobody will hire me . I can hold my head high In every Interview I goto .
Before they meet me It Is nothing but stats and education and boy do I have those nailed shut . When It comes to appearance I am always dressed nicely no matter what home or out . Clean shaved , nice hair cut and a good looking guy . But my fingers say " Love and Hope " on the knuckles , so I am all of a sudden " unqualified "
It's ok tho . I would rather live a life above conformity , lead a life of chosen values and show a life of Individualism In " liberty and Freedom " the very basis this country stands upon than ever sweep the floor of someone against that . My education and morals and discearnment for the work field are so highly respected By many colleges and myself . I don't say fuck the man I say " fuck the man who lives In fear " Hail the man who believes In the day he was born , you have your own life to lead .
Bentley

Fort Worth, TX

#74 Nov 3, 2008
* FURTHER MORE *

This Is another generation , this world has had several sets of doctrine In It's exsistance , but the greatest ability to survive Is to be able to adapt to change , because everyday life changes at the split of a second . Socome to your whim .
It's all you truly have .
If " the superiors " of our educational and professional stature fail to adapt , improvise and overcome the constantly and severly changing world at hand , how can we put trust In them with our future ? Our Retirement plan , health care . How can we trust to put our lifes In the hands of those who have failed to accomodate the underlined entity of what's really going on ?
Socome to your whim , It's all you truly have .
pepper07

Temple, TX

#75 Nov 17, 2008
I have a full sleeve and I am actually trying to find a job at a day care... I have no idea what I am going to do, if I should wear long sleeves but it is impossible in summer plus it seems weird...
I was pretty young when I got that tattoo and I truly regret getting it, I did not think about not getting a job because of it and if I did have the money I would have it removed but I don't and probably never will so I guess I have to live with it and to deal with all the problems finding a job. If you should ever think about getting a visible tattoo, DON'T DO IT (especially when you are a female) believe me I know what I am talking about. People judge me because of it and I am tired of it, I am not a bad person just because I made the wrong decision when I was younger If there is anybody that does tattoo removal for less PLEASE LET ME KNOW [email protected]
truth talker

Oswego, IL

#76 Nov 17, 2008
If I had a choice of 2 people with equal experience and one has tat's and the other doesn't and the job I have is customer oriented then no question I would chose the non-tattooed person. I don't think body art or body piercings is attractive no matter what how much you have. My personal preference but that's the way I feel. Personally, I feel people get tat's because they don't want other people seeing the real them. They are just trying to cover up other faults.
quills

Oswego, IL

#77 Nov 17, 2008
Hey, Bentley, after reading your posts I don't think people didn't hire you because of your tat's! I think it is because you couldn't write a proper sentence or probably carry on an intelligent conversation, if one takes into consideration all the grammatical errors in your post. I have seen better writing done by a third grader. Don't make excuses and blame others for your own inadequatcies. I think all that stuff about so many degrees is a bunch of BS to tell you the truth. Of course, one doesn't have to prove anything when they are writing into these things.
Trollicus

Kissimmee, FL

#78 Nov 17, 2008
"Tattoos lessen likelihood of landing a job"

Well, duh!

Tell us something we don't know.

Unless your getting a job giving Tattoos, it's not a good career move.
SocietysSoldier

Charlotte, NC

#79 Feb 21, 2009
I think tattoos are one of the most hated things in society for no reason. If you don't want a tattoo or think it is stupid, that is your opinion so shut the hell up. Reading these posts really piss me off. Just the ignorance of some people. WOW, you don't believe in them. So that makes it wrong just because you don't like them? This whole world is fucked up because of people like you.
Styles12

East Brunswick, NJ

#80 Apr 23, 2009
In this tough economy, would you give your hard earned cash to a "caregiver" with a full sleeve tattoo. Or let someone with a grim reaper tattoo on their forearm? If a doctor was going to do brain surgery on you would you feel comfortable with a doctor with tattoos on his hands and forearms?

Most people would pick the non inked up doctor, teacher, child care worker. It's human nature and that's life.

Tattoos are cool though if you are a sailor or pro. fighter.
HMBA

Ann Arbor, MI

#81 Oct 8, 2009
What Be Predjudism wrote:
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Not familiar with Predjudism. Is that a religion?
You should be severely hurt for this.

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