Study Reveals Visible Tattoos Can Decrease Odds of Landing New Jobs

If you have visible body art, as in a good, old-fashioned tattoo, you may be surprised to see how it can hinder your shot at a new job.

According to a new study we heard about on The Huffington Post, tattoos may potentially cost you a new job.

Dr. Andrew Timming of St. Andrew’s University School of Management in Scotland interviewed hiring managers and recruiters from 14 various organizations such as prisons, schools and banks. Results from the survey revealed that visible tattoos are indeed a hiring stigma.

Employers indicated tattoos can “make a person look dirty.” In fact, visible ink “would stop me from employing them.” And it’s not exactly the employers disliking the tattoos completely; rather, it’s more about their perception of how their own customers would react to the tattoos.

Per the piece, Dr. Timming stated survey participants were concerned the perception would be viewed as repugnant, untidy and abhorrent. “It was surmised that customers might project a negative service experience based on stereotypes that tattooed people are thugs and druggies.”

As for one important footnote, Dr. Timming pointed out employers who were most negative in their responses were older than their younger, more accepting counterparts so perhaps tattoos may become more accepted in the workplace in due time.