Contrary to all the stuff that your Grandmother’s been saying for your entire life, that tattoo of a leaf on your arm isn’t going to stop you from landing a job. In fact, a recent study actually discovered that tattoos may help you find employment. They didn’t specify about big ol’ facial tats though.
The US study by the University of Miami Business School and the University of Western Australia Business School pretty much cements what we’ve known all along; tattoos don’t affect job performance or qualification. So go bare that ink.
There’s No Link Between Tattoos And Hireability
The study researched 2,000 participants from all over the US and discovered that job applicants with tattoos were just as likely to get the job as their non-inked counterparts. This actually contradicts previous research on the subject that found that hiring managers used to perceive tattooed applicants as less employable.
Humans have been getting tattooed since 3100BC, so it’s actually surprising that it’s taken us this long just to get used to the idea. This is a great talking point to bring up to your grandmother on Thanksgiving, I’m just saying.
Tattoos Can Even Increase Your Chances If You’re A Man
Looks like the hiring managers have finally caught the world’s collective thirst for David Beckham and his tattoos since the study found that tattooed men have higher employability than non-tattooed men. They found that if men had “one or more tattoo, it’s associated with a slight, but significant, increase in employability, around 7.3%.”
For the ladies, however, the study found that there was no hireability difference between tattooed women and their non-inked counterparts. So, if you’re applying for jobs consider getting that ink because science says it might make a difference.
Tattooed People Are Stepping Into Managerial Roles
Breathe in because it’s the refreshing age of the millennial. The change in public perception and employability of tattooed people happened because none other than millennials are leveling up the workforce. Plus, get this, a staggering 47% of millennials are tattooed.
The study says that “this may be explained by the fact that many young people have gotten tattoos in the last couple of decades, and as they age, they become managers and decision-makers. They are therefore more accepting of body art than their older colleagues.”
The Less Discrimination, The Better For Employers
Employers that had previously passed on tattooed applicants for the sole reason of their ink could’ve missed out on hiring a talented and capable worker. We all know that that butterfly on your wrist isn’t going to slow you down at work, so we’re glad employers are finally realizing that too.
So go home and tell your relatives that times have changed and companies are looking to hire candidates based on the assets they feel they can be to the company and not for their ink. Regardless of how that conversation goes, we’re stoked this is the world we’re living in now.