Hugh Pickens writes writes: "FoxNews reports that a tattoo of a giant iguana curling up her chest seemed like a good idea to Kaylie when she was younger but she recently made the decision to have it removed to improve her job prospects. “I was tired of wearing turtle necks to job interviews, and I didn’t like the way the more closed-minded people judged me just because I had a tattoo," After spending more than $2,000 on laser treatments to have her ink removed, Kaylie is now tattoo-free on her chest and lower neck, a story that repeats itself a thousand times a day, says tattoo removal specialist Dr. Glenn Messina. “I have heard from most all of my clients that they’re being discriminated against in the workplace and they can’t find work. Even when it’s a beautiful tattoo, a lot of employers don’t like it." In a study conducted by The Patient’s Guide, the number of tattoo removal procedures grew by 32% from 2011 to 2012 and the majority of people having tattoos removed cited “employment reasons” as their motivation for having the procedure. Individuals without tattoos are approximately twice as likely to get hired as individuals with body art that can be seen in professional dress, says employment specialist Andy McCall and if two candidates are equally qualified for the same job and one has a tattoo, nine times out of ten, the candidate without the body art will be hired for the position, McCall adds. "There is a fine line between having someone think it’s ‘cool’ and having someone wonder, ‘Is this person someone I can count on to mentor me, or is this someone who had a bad streak in life?’”"
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