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Posted February 15, 2013 by

Survey: Tattoos Hurt Your Chances of Getting a Job

Aaron Gouveia

Aaron Gouveia, Salary.com contributing writer

Maybe it’s a tribal arm band, the orchids on your lower back playing peek-a-boo with your coworkers, or — gulp — you’re wearing it on your face a la Mike Tyson. But even if it’s that cute little leprechaun on your ankle, our latest survey results show visible tattoos at work could have a negative effect on your pot of gold.

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found nearly 40% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo, and body piercings are also a growing means of self-expression among people in this age group. In a perfect world we would all be judged solely on the merit of our work. But if the 2,675 people we surveyed are any indication, there is a lot more going on when it comes to performance evaluations, raises, promotions, and making character assumptions about people based on their appearance. (more…)

Posted August 02, 2012 by

7 Ways Your Looks Affect Your Pay

Discriminating against people based on their physical appearance is wrong — both morally, and in many cases, legally speaking. The way you look usually has no bearing on how you’ll perform in your job, and in a perfect world everyone would be judged solely on his/her merits.

But the harsh reality is this isn’t a perfect world, and discrimination — whether intentional or inadvertent — still plays a role in the workplace. And while it should never be condoned, job seekers and employees need to be aware of how discriminatory practices regarding age, race, sex, and physical appearance can affect compensation. (more…)

Posted December 05, 2007 by

Answering Tough Interview Questions Bordering on Discrimination

Going to a pre-employment interview is stressful enough without the added concern of the possibility of discrimination. Even the most experienced hiring managers can accidentally ask potential employees questions that are or boarder on being illegal.
In many cases, the interviewer is not intending to discriminate against the interviewee based on the information gathered. Many workers do not know what kind of questions can be asked in a job interview. By knowing what is and is not legal, handling these possibly discrimination causing questions will become easier. This will also help to make sure that one does not volunteer information that can unlawfully effect the likelihood of being hired.

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