Landing the Job With Piercings and Tattoos

Updated on March 11, 2020
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Body Modifications at the Workplace

Many people believe you cannot have body modifications and land a good job. This may have held true in the 1960s, but we are a much more progressive society now. That is not to say it will be easy to convince an employer to hire you.

Many employers are willing to consider the facts over the appearance of individuals. Your body modification may still contribute to their decision though. You may be equally qualified as another candidate applying for a job that has contact with customers. Your potential employer is more likely to hire the individual who does not have body modifications because of the perception of a more professional appearance.

Steps You Can Take

There are steps you can take, however, that will increase the likelihood of you being hired and still allow you to enjoy your alternative lifestyle.

For Piercings

If your body modification of choice is piercings, you can take some simple, effective, and inexpensive steps to improve your chances of obtaining a good job.

Many retailers that sell piercing jewelry also sell plugs. Plugs are clear, or skin tone, devices that “plug” the piercing hole. This gives the illusion of not having a piercing while at work and keeps the hole from closing.

Put plugs in before you go to work and replace them with jewelry of your choice when you get home. It is also a good idea to plan your piercings carefully.

If you plan on gauging your piercings, they will become hard to plug. If you have reached a large enough gauge, plugs will not make a difference in your professional appearance. It is best to avoid many facial piercings. Your face is one of the most viewed locations on your body. The more piercings you have in this location, the more difficult they are to hide.

Keep your piercings concealed while at work, make smart choices about their location, and limit the number of facial piercings. This will help you gain the edge needed in the business world.

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For Tattoos

Concealing tattoos is just as important as concealing piercings. There are several techniques to concealing tattoos to present a more professional appearance.

  • Cover you tattoos up. This can be simple for some, difficult for others. If you have a lot of tattoos on your arms, wear long sleeves. Make sure your shirt is thick or dark enough that the tattoos don’t show through it.
  • If you are unable to wear long sleeves, you may have to get creative. Wear jewelry that covers up your tattoo. For a woman, a thick bracelet or watch should cover a wrist tattoo. For men with a wrist tattoo, a watch is usually the best choice.
  • For tattoos higher up on your arm, you may have to try applying make-up before work. Concealer may do a great job at covering up lighter tattoos. This may have to be reapplied throughout the day. So stay aware of the condition of your tattoo.
  • A band-aid is an alternative to make-up. Find a skin-tone bandage that is large enough to cover your tattoo and not obnoxious looking. Check for comfort and all-day stick.
  • If your work environment permits it, a sweat band may also be used to cover a tattoo. Choose one that is comfortable; you will be wearing it all day. Make sure the color does not clash with the rest of your outfit, drawing attention to the sweat band.
  • As with piercings, avoid facial tattoos. Tattoos on or around your face are nearly impossible to cover up adequately.

Best of Luck

If you manage to properly conceal your body modifications, they should not become an issue for employment. If covering them up is unacceptable to you, consider a career that does not require in-person customer contact. You can also make sure you’re the most qualified by obtaining all optional education possible.

Doing this would be overcoming people’s perceptions by selling your skills as more valuable than those perceptions. Our society is starting to accept body modification as common practice. So over time it may not be an issue, and you may not have to conceal your body modifications in the future.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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