Recruiter recommends covering tattoos

Tattoos aren’t a problem in the workplace until they become visible, says an Ottawa-based recruiting manager.

“I know a lot of executives and leaders who have them,” said Sari Cantor of Robert Half International.

“Everybody was 18 once, but you’d never know it.”

While employers are more tolerant toward body art, “it generally has to do more with the economy than anything else,” said Cantor.

“When you’re dealing with a shortage of skill sets in certain areas, tattoos and body art, they come way down on the priority scale.”

But that hasn’t been the case for a 45-year-old manager in the hospitality industry.

She has two tattoos “which are not in any way offensive, however, because I am a supervisor I can’t show them,” said the woman, who fears losing her job if her name is published.

“Apparently, there is a certain image that I must uphold.”

While her workplace has no set policy on body art, it’s understood management must cover up.

Cantor suggests grasping the corporate culture of any place you’re working for or interviewing with.

“The best advice I can give people is to match their personal identity with the ideal corporate culture,” she said.

Kelly Roche: I loathe wearing pants and/or socks.

Thankfully, my first day at the Sun was in chilly November.

Bare legs simply weren’t practical.

I fret revealing the palm tree on my ankle each time I take a new job.

So it hides under bandages until I spot someone else’s.

I was 18 when I got the palm tree. When I get an itch for more ink, it’ll be in a less visible spot.

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