Ever came across an employer who did not like the way you look?
I did! More than once!
Usually I did everything possible to please my bosses. In my case the culprit are my tattoos.
My arms, back, neck and chest are covered but I am still able to hide it under clothes.
When I worked for airports at the check-in and gates I had to wear long sleeved blouses and wear dark tights as I am also tattooed on one leg. I was happy to cover up as despite the bad payment I loved this job!
Every time I go for a job interview I make sure to wear long sleeves and have my hair open so you can’t really see anything.
For 8 months I worked for a very famous 5* hotel here in Scotland. During my induction week we were told, that visible tattoos are no problems as the hotel wants to loosen up.
But 4 months into my job I had several discussions with supervisors etc. about my neck tattoos. In the end the call came from high up, from a person who never even talked to me himself…. he wanted me banned to the back of house, out of guests view! Or to cover my tattoos with plasters. No guest ever said anything, but yes, of course I put a plaster all around my neck! Not that it is unhealthy…. or warm… or itchy….
Instead I cut off my hair so I could wear it without a hair bubble. Yes! That’s what I did. I CUT MY HAIR!!!
But you know what? I am sick of people reducing me to my tattoos!
So many people scream for equality, same wages, acceptance of all sexes, religions, colours, races and so much more.
Everyone wishes to live in a world where people respect each other, so why not tolerate people with
more than one tattoo?
If heavily tattooed people keep on hiding their art, they will never get the desired position no matter how suitable they might be. No one will see beyond the colour. No one will see the talented the person.
So I am saying no and stand up for myself. I am a hard worker and if others can’t see that, than they are not the right fit!
Guess there will be a couple of trips to the tattoo shop very soon.