Frank Rounds
over 6 months ago
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I have been applying for jobs for almost 6 months. I have 2 college degrees and very good work history. I get calls all days long due to my resume for me to come in for an interview. I dress professional and hygiene on point. BUT.. SOON as they see the tattoos on my kneck and teardrop under my eye, it's automatically shuts down. This is something I done with I was a kid and regrets it everyday of my life. Can someone tell me how to get passed this

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Ava Lawrence

I'm sure almost everyone out there has a tattoo or 2 that they regret. Even those people interviewing you! You can get away from pre-judgements with Tattoos you can hide but it's a hard story to tell when their visible. Customer facing jobs will be a challenge so try to go for smaller and more contemporary business that focus on employee talent over appearance.

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Barbara Shepherd

Hello Frank, Congrats on your degrees, that was a major accomplishment. Tattoos are a stigma.. As someone stated below almost everyone have one or two or three; however, they are normally not revealed until you have been in the work place for a few months. I would suggest using make up (IT cosmetics is suppose to work well) to cover the tear drop. If the other tats are around your neck then I agree with the others when call for an interview let them know you have visible tats. If you have sleeves I suggest wearing long sleeve shirts. The only reveal would be your neck. Go for back office functions, like customer service manager, etc..... Do not get discourage. My sister always says if the job is for you, you will get it. Just remember you accomplishments.. Also, go to temp agencies. I hope this helps...

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Tyrus Williams

See if you can get them removed asap.

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John Herritt

Frank, getting rid of a tattoo can be a very expensive proposition. I've know school teachers and cops that have tattoos but only in places that can be covered up easily. You might be able to cover up the one on your neck. The teardrop under your eye might be another issue. I like Ms. Bertolini's suggestion about emphasizing on how can you help them rather than calling attention to your tattoos. If someone tries to bring up tattoos then redirect the conversation back to your qualifications. In other word's, Frank, focus on your qualifications and what you can do to help them rather than something trivial like tattoo. A lot of people I know get tattoos without thinking of possible ramifications of their decision. I appreciate you sharing!

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Tanya Elsworth

I wish you the best, the right job will head your way. You can always explain you have the tattoos before you go to your interview. I had this talk with my son, before he got his tattoo, I told him to be careful where he gets it, it is permanent.. I like my ink, and am not done. :) I just got hired today... so there is hope. I wish you the very best. Who knows, maybe with your degree you could get a business grant, and have your own business and be your own boss. Best of luck.

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Selina Higgins-Woods

Unfortunate our first impression is the lasting impression, unless you have the means to have them removed why not use makeup to cover them up. Wear a mock neck to your interview

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Fred Goff

Hey Frank, I'm sorry you're having a tough time of it right now and that seems like a poor reason to overlook good talent. Help me out.. Please update your profile on jobcase so I and other jobcasers can get a better sense of what to suggest to help out or what leads to provide you. Go to MYINFO section and either upload a resume or take a few mins to update your profile.
Thanks! - look forward to seeing it when its done and noodling what opps we might think of.. Fred

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Dennis Huffman

In general terms a teardrop on eye means that you killed someone and employers don't like that because they're Christian Hypocrites as Jesus called them. But I consider myself agnostic as Jesus was reported to be.

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Micaela Carucci

Hey Frank - I also have tattoos and have worked in environments where they could not be visible (bar tending in a fine dining restaurant) for bigger tattoos makeup is impractical, but for small ones like your tear drop (which I'm guessing may be the one that's causing the most problems), a heavy duty, highly pigemneted tattoo cover up works great. This is the one I used: http://www.sephora.com/full-cover-concealer-P151107?skuId=909044

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Deborah Wildi

Short term use make up. Long term have visible tats removed. There are tat fading products on the market.
I don't know how well they work. You could research it. Or ask your doc.

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