A while back I came across this Forbes article about whether or not tattoos are becoming more acceptable in the workplace. If you have ink or are considering getting some done, I highly recommend you read this.
Though a 2011 poll conducted by CareerBuilder.com showed that 31% percent of employers considered a highly visible tattoo to be a major deterrent against hiring someone, many companies are adopting a more lax attitude. For them, if the candidate is perfect for the job, an unconventional tattoo is worth overlooking.
Other businesses, such as hospitals, do not ban tattoos but require employees to cover up (either with clothes, makeup, or Band-Aids) their ink, especially if the image is controversial or potentially offensive. Creative industries tend to be more accepting. I’ve seen several hairstylists with inked-up arms, and a PR exec I know has a discreet, small symbol at the nape of her neck that is barely visible.
Does your workplace allow tattoos? Do you feel that your tattoo has hindered your job prospects? I’m curious to know!