QUESTION: As I job search, how concerned must I be about having tattoos and piercings in today’s market? Should I hide them or present myself as who I am?
If you want to work for a company that values you and your skillset, look for a company that also values DEI. Your tattoos and piercings are part of your authentic self and do not impact what you are capable of accomplishing. That being said, it is best to avoid facial piercings in the workplace, unless you are working for a company where that is commonplace and/or accepted.
Large tech companies, including Google, Amazon, and Facebook, can be tolerant of tattoos or piercings, with greater latitude given in graphics and creative departments. Exceptions that are less tolerated include facial tattoos, offensive or provocative text or imagery, extreme piercings, and other practices that push the envelope. Ask for and review the company handbook and dress code manual.
It depends on the industry! While it is becoming more acceptable to have tattoos and piercings, many workplaces will still require you to conform to a dress code. Research the company ahead of time to find out more about their culture. Dress for the interview accordingly!
This depends on the job or employer you are targeting. More conservative employers may shy away from tattoos and piercings for a customer facing position. The interview is the time to have your skills and competencies shine. You don’t want anything to distract from your candidacy. Body art can be a great conversational piece, but there is a time and place to talk about it when you’re hired.
Navigating the job market with tattoos and piercings requires a balance of understanding the company culture and being authentic. While many companies have become increasingly open to personal expressions, some traditional industries or roles might still lean conservative. Research the company’s culture; if it’s more progressive, you can be more open about your tattoos and piercings.
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