Edgier Styles Gaining Acceptance, but Still Hinder Job Opportunities

At this point in time, it’s not very odd to find someone sporting a different type of hair color. Whether it’s blue, red velvet, or intricate layers of colors to depict the rainbow, it is a guarantee you have seen someone at some point sporting funky colored hair.

The same can be said for tattoos. What was once deemed as edgy and rebellious, finding someone with a tattoo—or even several—is very common these days. Whether a tattoo has a good memory and significance behind it, or was just a spur of the moment idea, you most likely have found someone with one of these.

With funky colored hair becoming more common, people seem to be less likely to judge, and more likely to compliment people on their creative choice of color. In contrast, several years ago  anyone that tried being different with their appearance would quickly be labeled as ‘weird’ or a ‘freak.’

But how likely is that funky bright hair or tattoo sleeve going to impress potential job offers?

“Honestly, I think that the problem people have with funky hair and tattoos is due to how the media portrays them,” said Paloma Ponsonnet, a WCC student. “When the media portrays people with tattoos and funky colored hair, it’s like well obviously they’re doing drugs and they’re terrible people so I can see why some managers wouldn’t wanna hire someone for that.”

Some managers tend to look for a specific type of worker when they’re in the process of hiring their future employee’s. Not everyone seems to make the cut, however.

“When I was in the process of interviewing people to work for us, there was a specific type of image I was looking for,” said Heather Tabachnick, former manager of Mooyah Burgers Fries and Shakes. “I was looking for a certain type of attitude and would turn down people that didn’t dress up a bit for the interview. There were a few applicants that I turned away because they weren’t wearing the right type of shoes or they just dressed as if they were going to hang out with their friends afterwards. It was fine if employee’s had different colored hair, but I drew the line at any funky bright colors or rainbow hair.”

First impressions seem to mean a lot to employers. Having funky colored hair may not derail all of them though, depending on how funky your hair is, or what type of tattoo you have.

“When I applied to my first job I had just dyed my hair a nice light shade of purple,” said former WCC student, Noelia Loncon. “I applied to a local coffee shop and my boss didn’t care about what color my hair was or that I had a flower tattoo running down my arm. All he cared about was that I was a good worker and that I looked presentable enough for our customers.”

It seems that as long as potential job applicants don’t go ‘too far’ with their style and have tasteful enough tattoos and not too bright of a shade of hair, then it’s possible that employers won’t bar them for a job.

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