It’s no secret that office dress codes are getting more casual. These days, it seems like jeans, tank tops, and even sandals are the norm, not the exception. As the workplace morphs into a place where self-expression is embraced, rather than stifled by stiff suits and wool skirts, however, some employers are drawing a hard line at tattoos. So, as casual as dress codes may be, there are still some circumstances that may warrant tattoo removal if you want to get ahead in the workplace.
Once considered part of the counterculture, tattoos are now extremely common. In fact, a third of Americans between the ages of 25 and 30 has a tattoo or some kind of body piercing. While a 2015 study showed that 86 percent of MBA students and young professionals didn’t think a tattoo would hurt their chances of getting a job, research shows that highly visible tattoos can have a negative impact on the hiring process, especially in customer-facing jobs.
Here are some guidelines on tattoos in the workplace and which ones you might want to have removed:
Consider the industry you’re pursuing & if it is tattoo friendly
If you are applying for jobs in a conservative industry, like banking or accounting, a tattoo might not be as embraced as it would be by hiring managers in the creative field.
Full disclosure about your tattoos during the interview
If you decide to cover your tattoo for an initial interview, bring it up when the interviewer asks if you have any questions. This shows your integrity, and the manager’s response will help you determine if the job is a good fit for you.
Location of the tattoo matters to employers
Neck, head, and face tattoos carry the most considerable stigma from hiring managers. If you have a tattoo above the shoulders, strongly consider tattoo removal before you start interviewing.
With the appropriate attire, an employer will never see a tattoo on your back, stomach, or legs. There’s no urgency for tattoo removal if your ink is hidden. That is, unless you’re among the 14 percent of people who regret getting tatted in the first place.
What is your tattoo?
Just as important as location is content. If you sport offensive ink on your arms, hands, or another visible part of your body, it can have a negative impact on how you’re perceived professionally.
Cover up your tattoo in the office
Many office policies require all tattoos to be covered with clothing, makeup, or a band-aid. If you think you’ll find it annoying to cover your tattoo every single day, you may want to consider tattoo removal.
Come to Skinny Beach for unlimited tattoo removal
If you’re worried your tattoos will prevent you from getting a job or scoring that promotion you’ve been vying for, don’t stress. At Skinny Beach, we have the most advanced lasers on the market for fast and effective tattoo removal. Both the Quanta EVO platform triple laser and the Quanta Discovery Pico Plus are capable of removing all tattoo ink colors in less time and with less risk of side effects than previous models.
Did we mention laser tattoo removal is affordable, too? The Tattoo Removal Club at Skinny Beach offers unlimited tattoo removal sessions for one set price. It’s entirely possible to achieve your cosmetic (and professional) goals without breaking the bank. So, what are you waiting for? Dust off that résumé and give us a call to schedule your free laser tattoo removal consultation today!