ERIC Number: EJ1095414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
The Millennial's Perception of Tattoos: Self Expression or Business Faux Pas?
Foltz, Kristen A.
College Student Journal, v48 n4 p589-602 Win 2014
This article examines the perceptions and beliefs of Millennials regarding visible tattoos and the impact of tattoos on potential employment. Despite tattoos becoming more accepted and mainstream in society, studies show that individuals with visible tattoos are often hired at a lower rate than people without visible tattoos. A survey of current undergraduate students reveals that students today are well aware that having a tattoo may adversely impact their chances of being hired, but regardless of that knowledge almost half are still considering getting tattooed. The majority of students surveyed who currently have tattoos revealed that if they get another tattoo they will consider the location on the body with regard to any impact to employment. Thus, although students are aware that tattoos still serve as a faux pas in business, they will continue to express themselves through ink perhaps in a more concealing manner.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Human Body, Physical Characteristics, Self Expression, Employment Potential, Knowledge Level, Barriers, Expectation, Student Behavior, Social Bias, Dress Codes, Personnel Selection, Student Surveys, Work Environment, Employer Attitudes, Job Search Methods, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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