Would you hire someone with a face tattoo?
Tons of people under the age of 40 have tattoos that it’s almost commonplace. You may never know that someone has a tattoo depending on where they have it, but others choose to get them on places that they rarely cover up like their hands, necks, and even faces. People with extremely visible tattoos would have been unable to get a job some years ago, but they seem to he having a lot more luck these days. These folks are let Reddit know exactly how having their prominent ink has affected them.
Back in the Kitchen
I have a half sleeve from the elbow down on my left arm, and a full sleeve on my right arm. They have only affected me in one interview.
Had to go through three different interviews for a cook job at a military retirement home. I was fresh out of the military at the time as well. Met with the manager, the lone cook in the galley who I would be training with/replacing, and the owners of this place.
Mentioned to all I had tatts, even showed them. They loved my background work (military cook for eight years), everyone told me tatts were not an issue. I would be in the kitchen six days a week for 8-11 hour shifts by myself. Great pay good benefits.
Got a call from their HR to come and do paperwork for drug test and then the job is mine. I was already in town so I stopped by in a t-shirt. HR asks about the tatts, I inform her they’ve already been vetted by so and so including the owners. She explains she will not hire me because I have ink in my skin. So I left. Called the owners and explained.
They called me back a few days later, but by then i already had my current job I’ve had for almost five years now. (Jaymakk13)
I have hand and knuckle tattoos and teach art to children K-12. I tend to believe any issues would result from controversial tattoo subject matter, not the location itself. But I also live in NYC, our appearance standards might be atypical, and I’m teaching art. (madredegatos)
Just Be Smart
I am heavily tattooed. This includes both hands and all five fingers on each. I recently got the side of my neck tattooed as well. These aren’t “name on my finger” tattoos either. I have bold, visible, traditional tattoos all over my body.
I’ve always been into tattoos and I started collecting when I was in college. My wife and I travel the country getting tattooed and the culture has become a huge part of my life. Tattooing my hands was a big decision and I didn’t make it lightly by any means. You are fooling yourself if you don’t acknowledge the potential for missed opportunities because of your visible tattoos.
That being said, I work at a well paying corporate job. I’ve never experienced any issues as far as I know. It’s funny because I can get a job at basically any tech startup I want, but I definitely couldn’t get hired at Walmart thanks to how I look.
It’s all about where you are in life. Don’t tattoo your hands and face at 18 then wonder why you can’t find a job. Be smart about it. (wallysober)