getting a job with piercings.

@Absinto (2398)
Portugal
August 23, 2010 4:01pm CST
It is like this, there are many of jobs that dont allow the use of facial piercings by their employees. It must be the fact that they want there employees to represent there company or store. I think it is kind of cruel to tell someon that is very qualified that thy can only get the job if they remove all off their piercings. Do you think that is the right thing to do, should we use facial piercings at our job? Will it make us look less qualified than we actually are?
3 responses
@shira0524 (483)
• United States
24 Aug 10
I think an employer has to not only hire qualified individuals, but also look out for their public image. I guess in a lot of cases, especially when there are more applicants than jobs, it's easy for an employer to simply pass over someone based on whether they have piercings or a weird hair style that could draw away from the company's professional "look". I have a labret and I also wear a ring in my nose. In my case I was pretty lucky. I interviewed and was offered a position pending removing (or not letting show) my piercings. They let me wear clear retainers, so that's what I have on most of the time. Most people don't even realize I have them on unless they look really close. It would be nice if more employers would be open-minded enough to at least offer the applicant a chance to "conform" during job hours like this. To me, it's at least a compromise on both sides but I realize most employers aren't going to do that. If they hadn't, I would have had to have taken them out to get the job since I had been out of work for a while and really NEEDED it. As for how I think it all looks? Well, of course I am a fan of it as I have them myself, but I do see both sides. I do agree that a lot of people would judge a person based on facial piercings. I think there are some tasteful ones, like a small stud in the nose, that can look very nice and I would consider acceptable to wear at work but there are some companies who want to stay completely away from any kind of association to anything other than strict business.
@Absinto (2398)
• Portugal
24 Aug 10
yeah, i guess you have a good point.
@Catana (736)
• United States
23 Aug 10
Within limits, your employee has the right to tell you how to dress and behave on the job. If it's so important to you to keep your facial piercings in, then you should look for a job where your appearance isn't going to offend customers and where your employer doesn't have a rule against piercings. Piercings don't have anything to do with how qualified you are to do the job, but they have a lot to do with how other people judge you. In some cases, there might also be a problem with piercings being unsanitary. If you've been told to take them out, and you don't expect to be fired. There's always someone coming along who needs the job and will respect the employers rules.
@Absinto (2398)
• Portugal
23 Aug 10
Of course they can have rules but this one seems a bit judgemental. Having piercings does not mean you are mean or stupid or dilinquint. It is just a form of art. I do understand about th employees wanting to have a clean image to represent big and important companies, it does saty well but there are some jobs that just doesnt need to have that rule.
@petersum (4525)
• United States
23 Aug 10
"Will it make us look less qualified than we actually are?" No, it will make you look more stupid!
@Absinto (2398)
• Portugal
23 Aug 10
Just because you have piercings does not man you are stupid. It is something you wear not something you implant in you brain.