Although each workplace has a different culture, there are definitely industries that are more tolerant of unconventional fashion statements such as piercings, tattoos and fauxhawks. In general, the more conservative the industry the more rigid the dress code and the less likely the management is to allow piercings. There are exceptions to this, however, so don't entirely rule out corporate America in your job search.
Independently Owned Businesses
If you have multiple body modifications, one option is to look for work at a progressive, locally owned business that is open to self expression. Music and book stores, trendy clothing stores and tattoo parlors are examples of businesses with a reputation for celebrating individuality, as are metropolitan bars and hip local restaurants. The next time you visit your favorite local business, keep your eyes open for workers with piercings or tattoos--this may be a piercing-friendly workplace.
Large Corporations That Allow Piercings
Sure, you expect your local tattoo parlor to hire people with piercings but what about a major auto manufacturer? Ford Motor Company does, in fact, allow employees to have piercings, provided they don't interfere with worker safety. Borders Books is another national chain that encourages self-expression in its employees, and that includes allowing piercings.
Places to Avoid
Businesses that require employees to wear suits and ties are generally less hospitable to employees with piercings. Banks and large corporate law firms are two examples. If you're interested in employment at a more conservative business, it's worth making a quick call to its human resources office to learn its policy. Also decide if you would consider removing or masking your piercing while at work.
The Modified Mind is a website that offers information and links of interest to individuals with piercings. The site includes a section called "Employment Line" that lists the piercing policies of a wide variety of businesses sent in by site users and business owners. The site lists information for ear piercings, face piercings, tattoos and hair color.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
How to Design a Bookstore
Whether you're a fan of neat and clean new bookstores or a denizen of used bookshops overflowing with merchandise, all well-designed bookstores...
Starting a Career in Tattoos
Starting a career in tattooing involves a long process of building a client base. Start a career in tattooing with tips from...
Checklist for Opening a Restaurant in California
Opening an eatery in California requires registration and licensing as a business. Research must be completed to determine the county and local...
How to Get a Hood Piercing
A ****oral hood piercing can be decorative, with a range of jewelry styles to choose from, and it can also increase ****oral...
How to Start a Temporary Tattoo Business
Airbrush temporary tattoos, which last up to 10 days, are an inexpensive and low-risk alternative for those looking to obtain the sleek...
Piercing Parlors vs The Mall: What to Expect When Getting Body Piercings
Learn why you should get pierced at a piercing and tattoo parlor versus the mall in this free body piercing video, with...
Interview Tips for a Bank Customer Service Representative
Banks are financial service institutions that hire employees who work directly with customers. In a job interview for a bank customer service...