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Tattoos, piercings can hold you back from that new job
|Last Edited||Jason Apr 06, 2012 08:19pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Arizona Republic (Phoenix)|
|News Date||Saturday, April 7, 2012 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||If you think your tattoo or piercing is holding you back from getting a job, you might be right. |
The competitive nature of the current job market increases the importance of the first impression in a job interview. This includes the influence tattoos and piercings can have on employers.
During interviews, even the smallest detail can be the difference between securing a job and continuing the hunt. The interview process is a consideration of qualifications and presentation, but it also is a chance for the hiring manager to see you and assess your confidence.
With the prevalence of tattoos and piercings on the rise a natural inclination is to assume that it is also more acceptable in the workplace, says Brian K. Miller an associate professor in the Department of Mangement at Texas State University. But he says that's not necessarily true.
"Although employers try to avoid making judgments on appearance, usually they would rather not hire someone who has body art," Miller says. "Studies have shown co-workers prefer not to work with people who have non-concealable body art."
While tattoos might appear prevalent, most people still do not have them. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology, 36 percent of those between 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo, while 24 percent of Americans between the ages 18 and 50 have one.