Tattoos harm your job employability

Research presented to the British Sociological Association found that no matter how intelligent and articulate a job applicant is, if they have a visible tattoo, most would-be employers will secretly rule them out as looking “dirty” and “unsavoury” or even “repugnant”.
Tattoos harm your job employabilityEven employers who do not have a personal objection to body art would think twice about taking on someone with a tattoo because they fear it would damage their corporate image.

In a paper, being presented to the association’s annual conference on workplace issues, Dr Andrew Timming of St Andrew’s University School of Management, set out findings from a series of interviews with employers about perceptions of body art.

He spoke to a cross section of managers from organisations including a hotel, bank, city council, prison, university and bookseller.

Most said that tattoos carried a clear “stigma” for employers, with several expressing strong views on the subject.

“Respondents expressed concern that visibly tattooed workers may be perceived by customers to be ‘abhorrent’, ‘repugnant’, ‘unsavoury’ and ‘untidy’,” said Dr Timming.

“It was surmised that customers might project a negative service experience based on stereotypes that tattooed people are thugs and druggies.”

One male manager interviewed told Dr Timming: “Tattoos are the first thing fellow recruiters talk about when the person has gone out of the door.”

A woman added: “They make a person look dirty”.

Dr Timming said bosses’ concerns were usually based on perceptions of what their organisation’s clients might think.

“Hiring managers realise that, ultimately, it does not matter what they think of tattoos – what really matters, instead, is how customers might perceive employees with visible tattoos,” he said.

But he added that some images were easier for employers to forgive than others.

While in many cases flowers or small animals might just be acceptable for some, those most likely to prove a definite turn-off included spider’s webs on people’s necks, tears tattooed on to their faces, guns and sexual imagery.

August 22, 2013 · Home Based Jobs · Comments Closed
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