Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Readers Question: What should I do about my tattoo?
Our question for today comes from Reuben, a college senior ramping up his final semester job search.
Dear Aunt Bonnie—
I am a business major and would like to work in banking, eventually commercial loans. I can pull off the neat and tidy look with one possible problem. A few years ago I got a tattoo of an eagle on my upper back. At the time I thought it was really cool. Sort of a ‘born to fly’ type of persona I wanted to express. But now I’m totally sick of it and find it comes up higher than a lot of my shirts, or at least the eagle’s head makes it past the t-shirt line. So, here’s my question, how will my potential employer react and will my tattoo nix my chances of being hired?
You raise an excellent question. How do most employers respond to tattoos?
According to a recent NACE (the National Association for Colleges and Employers) survey, 26% of polled employers said obvious tattoos would not impact their hiring decision, 46% replied that they would have a slight influence, and 29% added that they would strongly impact their decision. Given the conservative nature of most banks, they might fall into that latter category. But this corporate culture will most likely provide you with the perfect cover up, namely strong reason to wear a shirt and tie high enough to mask most of your neck. Your neat and tidy appearance will complete the look and no one will be the wiser.