In this tough economy, the competition for the available jobs is fierce.  No longer is it enough to have the requisite education or experience for the position – now employers are asking for credit histories and combing the social networking sites to get a gauge on prospects.

Although tattoos and body piercings have been accepted by mainstream society, in some cases, they can prevent you from being hired into certain types of work.  The food industry, for example has many regulations regarding facial jewelry and many employers will either demand removal of body jewelry or just pass over applicants that have facial tats or piercings.  Facial tattoos impose a different type of scrutiny from piercings as many conservative managers and business owners may assume you have a criminal background or affiliation.  The benefit of body piercings is that they they can always be removed and will usually heal back up.  Even so, if you are currently out in the job market it may be a good idea to put off getting that facial tattoo or buying that body piercing kit until after you have talked it over with a new boss.  Of course, you could always get that tattoo or piercing in a place where it doesn’t show 🙂


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