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The present research investigated the relationship between body art – namely, a visible neck tattoo – and employability ratings, and the moderating effects of rater age and target job type on this relationship. Further, a number of research questions were included regarding rater and ratee characteristics. Results of the study suggested that the presence of a neck tattoo in an applicant’s LinkedIn photo did not have a direct effect on that applicant’s employability ratings, and the rater’s age and the target job type do not moderate the relationship. These findings, incongruent with past literature on the topic, suggest that in certain contexts such as an application screen, visible body art may not have the negative effects that have been documented in past research. Possible explanations for and implications of the findings are discussed.
Schwendeman, Michael, "Body Art And Employability Ratings" (2019). Wayne State University Theses. 755.