When seeking employment, job hunters are always bombarded with advice and tips on what to do, and how to look, in order to land the job. If you’ve ever been in this boat, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard that having visible tattoos is a big no-no when it comes to employers. Many feel as though have tattoos visible during an interview will make one appear uneducated, unprofessional or simply unemployable, due to the stigma of lawlessness attached to body art. According to the Pew Research Center, 40% of millennials have at least one tattoo and 72% of them cover up their ink. However, according to WBAL TV 11, a recent study has found that having tats does not prevent people from getting jobs, and in some cases, it may help folks get the job they want.
The study in question was conducted by researchers from the University of Miami and the University of Western Australia Business School. They were looking to find out just how much bearing tattoos had on job candidates if any. The study consisted of data gleaned from 2,200 millennials with visible tattoos from across the nation to see how much of an impact their tats had on their jobs. The findings show that they had little to no impact. The study reads, “Not only are the wages and annual earnings of tattooed employees in the United States statistically indistinguishable from the wages and annual earnings of employees without tattoos, but tattooed individuals are also just as likely and in some instances even more likely, to gain employment.”
In a press release, the study’s lead author Michael French said, “The long-held stigmas associated with having tattoos, and particularly visible ones, may be eroding, especially among younger individuals who view body art as a natural and common form of personal expression.”
Now, we aren’t recommending that you go out and get a face tat if you’re on the job market, but if you have visible tattoos, don’t believe the hype that you will not be eligible for employment.