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08 March 2010 @ 07:18 pm
Piercings and professionalism  
Dear Hipsters!

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this, but since all you lovelies seem versed on etiquette I figured it'd be the right place to ask.

My local piercing/tattoo parlor gives free piercings on your birthday, so I was thinking about getting a monroe/madonna/whatever you call it. I'll post a picture for reference.

I'm turning 23 and graduating college in May. I have a vertical labret that I was planning on taking out once I graduated, I have a couple options for jobs lined up that seem pretty promising.

It seems to me though, that monroes and nose piercings seem more acceptable in professional environments, however, I'm not sure if that's completely true since.. you know.. I'm not really a professional yet. Lol.

My question is: if I got a monroe piercing and put really small jewelry in it, do you think that it would be acceptable in a professional working environment, the way nose piercings seem to be? Or is it just completely out of the question? When I've interviewed for jobs I've taken out the vertical labret and just put it back in later. I could do this for other job interviews with the monroe, but keep it in once I get the job.. after all, it is easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.. and it seems like I could get away with it if the piercing was extremely small and subtle, and I had no other facial piercings.

I'm not really sure. For context, I'm a journalism major and the two different jobs I might get are one as a campus community organizer/lead canvasser for USPIRG, and the other is an internship with the Public Affairs Office of the Army, so it's Federal, which I'm guessing has stricter dress code rules.. but considering I'd be a civilian, I wonder how strict.

The other side is, I'm not opposed to just getting the monroe and taking it out when either place hires me, either. I had a philtrum piercing for only a couple of months before taking it out, and have had my nose pierced like 4-5 times on both sides (which closed up due to horrible accidents like getting ripped out and blah) and since this piercing is free it's not a big deal.. BUT.. as far as keeping it, what do you think? What's been your experience?

Here is what a

This one is pretty subtle and small, too. Pic is not me. Lol.

Thank you!
Jollification for weeks on endartfuldodger on March 9th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
I work in a professional setting and my tiny tiny nose ring was a big no-no. The only type of facial jewelry deemed professional by the business school I work for is single earrings.
Amandaamandavanessa on March 9th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
It depends totally on the employer and really, what kind of work you're in. I work in a professional setting and piercings and visible tattoos are OK.
Amandaamandavanessa on March 9th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
(I was also a journalism grad, I now work at a magazine)
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in the mouth of god all teeth are wisdom teeth.rawteeth on March 9th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! I wonder if I kept it out for the interview but put it in later, it would be okay. Probably not, if you're dealing with a lot of clientele, yeah?
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Lishbluejupiter on March 9th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
As a journalist, I can tell you that they hire all types - but they hire more professional-looking types than people with a style that might be considered out of the ordinary. While the piercing you're considering isn't horribly bad by ANY stretch, some people are going to be turned off by it.

So long as you're willing to remove your piercings, I don't see what the big deal is. I do believe small nose piercings are becoming more acceptable, but I'm not sure about this one yet. :)
in the mouth of god all teeth are wisdom teeth.rawteeth on March 9th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Yeah-- that's the big thing, about hiring all types! I guess my fear would be once they hired me, I still have to give interviews and meet with people all the time.. if it's for the PA Office for the ARMY (which is probably more uptight), they probably see me as a representative of the department, making it poor form to wear the piercing.. however, whenever I've done interviews for stories with other professionals and such, no one really seems to mind at all that I have the vertical labret.

decisions decisions! I wish it was just more acceptable already, hahaha.
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why's everything gotta be so intense with mecoendou on March 9th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
It really depends on the company/organization. I definitely would NOT wear it to an interview if you do get it, and make sure you double-check their policies before you ever wear it to work.
shoebootie on March 9th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
If you want to be taken seriously, you should skip the facial piercings.
z111z111 on March 9th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)

It's a tough job market.

If you want a job in a hip, retail store, go for it. If you want a job doing most anything else, the piercing will not help and just might hurt.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on March 9th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
As a worker for USPIRG you will have no problem. The Army, you'll definitely need to take it out. Everywhere else, you'll be on a continuum. However, you'll have more flexibility in your job assignments and mobility if you stick to either traditional piercings (definitely lobe, and you may be able to get away with lobe, conch, or tragus ear piercings or a nose stud) or put them somewhere your employer can't see them.
Erinscarletgestalt on March 9th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I would skip it. It's too much of an unknown. It would not fly in any of the offices I've worked in.
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in the mouth of god all teeth are wisdom teeth.rawteeth on March 9th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
It'd be from a piercer I trust :) but I catch your drift.
kacciikaccii on March 9th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
After reading all the comments, I would skip it. But I LOVE THAT PIERCING! and can see why you'd want one:)
Erinpinska on March 9th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
My office is conservative - no facial piercings (unless for religious reasons), no visible tattoos, trimmed facial hair, no open toed or open heeled shoes. I wouldn't just walk in one day with a facial piercing unless you know the company policies.
lapennlapenn on March 9th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I've got a small nose piercing, and it's never been an issue. But I don't know about a marilyn -- that's just so much harder to overlook. Bosses have let me keep mine in (while making others take theirs out) only because it is small and unobtrusive.
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squid_ink: ZOMGsquid_ink on March 9th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
yea but he may not hire you if you have a piercing

stupid, but reality
piperkipiperki on March 9th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
The only person I've seen with a piercing like that at work was working the cash register at Whole Foods. In my office, it's a definite no. One of my co-workers has a tattoo at the nape of her neck and she always has to wear her hair down unless she has a turtleneck on. Guys with earrings take them out for work.

I worked in a more relaxed office before this (jeans OK) and out of the 1100 people in the building I never saw one with a facial piercing. I think they just took them out during the day.
LTsceneasfuck on March 9th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
get the job first and then worry about the piercing.

i had a monroe piercing 4-5 years ago... my job (cellular phone rep) did not allow me to keep it or my nostril ring in. i couldn't wear a retainer bc it was still obvs i had a piercing. i had the monroe for about 9 months before i started the job... after about 2 months, it closed up during one of my 4 hour shifts.

some jobs will overlook a nostril piercing (my current one does), but other piercings are a no-no. nostril piercings are very very common now and more on par with ear piercings. a monroe is not the same as far as lot of businesses are concerned.
HEFNERSBUNNY is nowtotheleft on March 9th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
get the job first and then worry about the piercing.

This. Get it next year on your birthday.