Sandra Solis
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I’ve been recently unemployed, I’ve been searching for a job, and been interviewed a few times but have not received any job offers. I started to question myself as to what I’m doing or saying wrong in these interviews. I have tattoos, almost a full sleeve on my right arm and a half sleeve on my left arm. Do you think this might be the reason? And should I wear a long sleeved blouse on my next interview? #jobsearch #interview #advice #nurse

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JUDY JONES
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It really depends upon the type of position you are looking for. Visible tattoos are often not acceptable in a formal business environment the medical field or in positions woring face to face with clients or customers. Although tattoos are becoming more widely accepted there are still areas where companies don't feel they project the image they want. I would try covering them with long sleeves for your next interview to see if that makes a diffference.
Also facial piercings and "modifications" that can't be covered up, are going to limit any job opportunities greatly.

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Steven Ransom

Generally, visible tattoos of discriminatory or explicit nature regarding race, religion, or sexual content or face and neck tattoos are not acceptable in the workplace and may disqualify you in an interview.

BUT! No one can force you to cover your tattoo before a job interview. You can show up to an interview with your tattoo visible, but be aware some employers may look at this negatively.

This doesn't mean that pre-judging someone based on a drawing they decided to have on their skin for self-expression is acceptable.

FYI: "And should I wear a long-sleeved blouse for my next interview?" It wouldn't hurt too.

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Theresa Halminiak

My niece had the same issue and although she wasn’t sure it was her tattoos preventing her from getting the job , she did cover them up and got hired on her next interview. I really think it depends on the company and position you are applying for.

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Shanti Lawson-Hill

Cover them up. Some employers haven’t expanded their perceptions on body art.

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Bentura Perez

depends on the business culture I would say....Frankly I would go with a conservative approach ... cover the tattoos but be prepared to do this if hired at a company that prefers that body art stays undercover especially if you do not show them at an interview....I value a paycheck over expressing myself ....I have a friend that has about 20 piercings around her ear areas ....she flaunts them after hours not on the job...she likes a a paycheck...too ....like it or not ... a company has an image they wish to reflect and have the desire to have employees reflect their image and business culture.... and before anyone gets woke on me...please remember an individual does the same ....you go clubbing or to a funeral or to a graduation... THERE is usually a different image we project for each of those occasions and it is true for social media .... a pic of someone DEAD drunk may be be suitable for friends but may not be suitable for an employer...and get real in today world of lawsuits and hurt drama feelings an employer is not likely to tell someone why their... personal appearance does NOT match their image....

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Terra Evert

No I know many of our RN’s & LPN’s & Charge Nurses have tats!! ? Where ur applying & ur qualifications!!!!

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Mike Stone

You should always cover your tattoos when interviewing

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Josh White

To hell with what Judy Jones is saying is rather buy from someone who has a few mods than a person being fake about life.. honestly

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Susan Burns

Yes

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Weston O'Dell

Cover them but be honest if they ask.

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