Funny question : What do you think about engineers with tattoos, piercings and onther stuff liket this?
Every times I start thinking about getting a tattoo, people tell me not to do it because I could ruin a chance to get a job or anything similar...
I already have a few piercings and I know personally that older people are a bit upset or disturbed by it.
I know we all have different habits and attitudes around the world, and I'd like to know your opinion concerning this!
I don't see that there is anything wrong with tattoos or piercings it is every one to their own. It should be down to the talent of some ones work that gets them the job, but I can see why you asked the question and also think along the same lines that others will think different of you because of tattoos and piercings. It is a shame but that is the way of the world.
Funny answer: I think that they must have had an interesting past or that they must have enjoyed their teenage years to their fullest... XD kidding...
problem with tattoos, piercings, etc. is that as much as we all profess to not want to judge a book by it's cover, in the business/real world we do it all the time. If we didn't judge people, there would be no real reason to show up to an interview dressed as professionally as possible because interviewers would be far more concerned with skills/talent/history/etc.
There are always exceptions to that though...
I don't think it should matter one way or the other and shouldn't be focused upon unless you are curious about the person's tattoos/piercings/etc.
It's depend on you how you look it... in my opinion, it doesn't matter about how much the tattoos or the piercings you have, but how productive you are.
and if you work in a company, is there any rules about it? if not, it's only appearance ethics, but we can answer it with productivity.
And about the job..., well, if you get famous with your work... maybe you will not looking for job but job will looking for you..
As someone told me once about my appearance (I have long hair, beard and a piercing on my eyebrow) as long as I look clean, get my hair comb and take off my piercing in some occasions, then there's no way I should give a bad impression.. but unfortunately in my country, if you want to get a tattoo it should be in your back or your shoulder or some place where no one but you can see it... I personally thinks is silly to make a conception about a person just for the way he looks, I agree with Lukman that if you do your job good and quickly why should matters your appearance?
For a world without prejudice
I have a tattoo on my shoulder saying "Stray Cats"... That was thirty years ago. Not visible when I have at least a T shirt on. I was seventeen then, and I think I had just a few more drinks too many in me when I got it (the tattoo) I also had an earring back in early 80's, once everyone started piercing their ears, I took it out and never put it back. It was probably my immature way of trying to be different. I don't evaluate or judge people on how they look, some others might. This doesn't help, does it?
Anyway, you should not ask us what we think, rather think what you will think about yourself when you see yourself in the mirror in ten or twenty years. Piercings can be removed, tattoos, not so easily.
If you do a tatoo in a place that is not visible, like your shoulder, what will be the problem? I have one on my right shoulder. No boss is going to do a body search. In my first job I had a piercing but I was judged according to my performance not my looks.
Well, frankly, I have both. I have both my ears pierced and i have 5 tattoos. But you can't see my tattoos. I have dealt with other businesses that have employees with tattoos you can plainly see because their clothing does not cover them. I once watched a documentary on tattoos and there was this one doctor in a hospital who had a full body suit tattoo. You couldn't see it because of his clothing covering it all. Some people are "old school" and think that we, tattooed and pierced people, are misfits and rebels. My opinion is that if you do get a tattoo or piercing...think first where it is going.
It can go either way if you get to interview then you have shown something they want.
For the interview think when you first meet people do you really remember their names. For the most part the answer is no. Most people remember by picking on a physical attribute. If you look similar to other people then you can get lost. If on the other hand you make yourself distinguished in someway it can help keep you the topic of discussion at the end.