In previous generations, tattoos were a definite no for professionals. Having a visible tattoo was enough to make your resume non-valid for almost every company. And, if you were hired, you may be forced to either get the tattoo removed or keep it covered while in the office.

Things are different now, however the numbers show that visibly tattooed and pierced people are still at a disadvantage. Even though it’s not as bad as it used to be, it’s still something to be aware of if you’re looking for a job.

In a survey done by Working World, 60-percent of employers said they’re less likely to hire someone with tattoos. The main reason for this is that employers are worried about their company’s image. Unfair or not, this belief is backed up by a Pew Research Center survey which shows 39-percent believe tattooed and pierced employees reflect the company poorly.

Although there is little data on this, but it’s safe say that a crazy hairstyle or hair dyed to an unnatural color could also have a negative impact. This is considering that a third of bosses know whether they will hire someone within the first 90 seconds and that 55-percent of the impact when meeting someone comes from their appearance and demeanor.

Considering a third of all people between the ages of 25 and 30 years old have at least one tattoo, these beliefs are unfortunate and slightly discriminatory. The goods news is that the survey didn’t differentiate between industries, meaning depending on your line of work, you might have no issues. Luckily there is a growing trend of companies not caring about personal appearance too much. Companies have become more interested in hiring the most qualified candidate rather than who looks the best.

Job Interviews and Tattoos

The truth is that if you’re looking for a new job, you might have to decide between personal expression and a better chance of being hired. When it comes to your own personal brand, tattoos and piercing can do a lot more damage than a typo in your resume.

Covering up tattoos is usually the best idea, but it’s not always possible. If you have one that can’t be hidden, ask what the company’s policy is. That way you’ll know right away if it’s hurting your chances of getting hired.

The surveyed perception of employers can be depressing, but don’t let if get you down. If a place won’t choose a qualified person because of their tattoos or piercings, it’s the company’s loss. Change is happening everywhere, even if it’s not happening as quickly as it should.