Piercings and tattoos are more mainstream these days as tattoos are seen on healthcare workers, teachers, and other working professionals. But can inked skin be a turnoff to hiring managers? Job seekers can take the following steps when deciding whether to conceal tattoos.
Consider the office. Take some time prior to your interview to find out more about the company culture. Use the information to gain some insight on how your tattoos or piercings may be received by management. A search of the office’s Facebook or social media pages, business website, or LinkedIn profile can provide a feel for the company. A more conservative office may require hygienists to cover tattoos. If the office’s Instagram page has posts of dental hygienists with inked skin, then you’re probably in the clear.
Ask about the dress code. If you can’t get a feel for the company’s view on dress code, you may consider reaching out to an employee. Call the office prior to your interview and speak with HR or a receptionist about the company’s dress code so you know how to make a great first impression.
Cover up. Job seekers can play it safe and cover up the most noticeable tattoos. Wear a blazer or long-sleeved dress shirt to keep any arm or wrist tattoos under wraps until you are offered the job.
Talk it through. If you are worried that noticeable tattoos may affect your job candidacy then address those concerns with the hiring manager. You can start the conversation by saying, “As you may have noticed I do have a few tattoos. Does the company have a policy on tattoos?” This is the time you can discuss your commitment to professionalism, and if you are open to covering tattoos while on the clock.