In today’s precarious and difficult employment world one needs to be very flexible and willing to give up over-the-top apparel, hair cuts, facial hair and TATTOOS. Over-the-top clothes and shoes might be suitable in some boutique stores and the same might be said for haircuts and highlights (as long as they aren’t neon-coloured). Facial hair on men is o.k too as long as it is well-groomed. However, tattoos are really taboo. A survey of employers revealed that many employers of small and medium-sized firms do not want to see tattoos of any kind on their employees. In fact, any applicant with a visible tattoo would be automatically eliminated as a future employee. In fact, a U.S. Prison Warden advises inmates soon to be paroled into their community to remove any visible tattoo before applying for a job. If this is the case for parolees, imagine how it is for other plain Canadian or American folk. Personally, I am of the generation that has always regarded tattoos as defacement and unnecessary torture. Maybe a case can be made for certain indigenous civilizations like the Maori but again that would engender surprise and perhaps antipathy among customers. I remember my first reaction upon meeting a lovely Maori lady. So, some job seekers who have always prided themselves on expressing their individuality visibly, may have a difficult choice or two to make.