Mike Edwards
over 6 months ago
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Interview Disguise

I've been covering up up the tattoos on my arms for job interviews to avoid being unfair prejudice from people who don’t know any better but i’m concerned about misleading employers that hire me then get upset when I show up to work with my tattoos exposed. Should I tell employers I have arm tattoos during the interview?

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Ask Emily !

Hi Mike! As a fellow tattoo person I'd say it really depends on a) the type of job this is and b) the types of tattoos you have. I personally have tattoos visible just above my knees on my legs, and also on my upper arm and back. I specifically picked these places because they are easy to hide in an office situation, but they're pretty tame tattoos and since I work at a chill place it's no big deal if I show them. But they're so easy to hide I spent 8 years in a church choir and none of the other singers even knew I had them!

So if you're working in an office, perhaps you should not bother to warn anybody about your tattoos and plan long-sleeved shirts until you have a better idea of whether or not they'd be accepted. I think in this day and age a lot of places are accepting of most tattoos, and most offices are a good temperature for both long and short-sleeved shirts almost all of the time. But if you're working construction or serving at a restaurant with short-sleeved uniforms or something, I'd let them know up front.

Also it's worth suggesting, I think if you got any tattoos that show anything that may be considered inflammatory, I think it's wise to hide it in every professional situation possible.

Hope that's helpful!

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Jane Maher

It depends on the job but I suggest you keep them covered Good Luck

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Alan Fletcher

That's what you have to do to get the job. Then keep covering up. Get hired first

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L.J. Morgan

You could mention it and see how they respond.

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Brainwashed In Church

It's a very good idea to do. I have one on my rear end (nothing too obnoxious, just my social security number) and the first thing I did when I walked into the interview was show it to the interviewer.

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