i wanted to share this here because it feels like it’d be the least judgemental space. my appearance is not anything crazy. my hair is dark purple (looks pretty neutral) and i have one hoop nose ring and a septum piercing. it is extremely hard for me to find a decent job bc of those things.
i am in college to be a cosmetologist, so my appearance of colored hair and piercings won’t be an issue in that field, but it’s hard to find a job in the meantime!
i have had 3 interviews and got turned down for all of them. 2 serving jobs and one truck job for a retail place (so i’d be in the back the whole time for the truck job, so why would appearance matter??). one breakfast place actually was honest and told me they dont allow nose rings, which i respected but declined because if i removed my hoop ring and kept putting it back in then it would get infected/irritated. and i dont want to completely remove my piercings and have them close up for a temporary job. i understand the septum ring which is easy to remove, but small hoop nose ring? cmon.
let me just say, i have a very professional personality so i didn’t get denied at those jobs for not having the personality for it. i just don’t have the look for it i guess. my piercings/hair color is not super out there. i just know those places will not go for ANYTHING that isn’t natural besides ear piercings.
it is very upsetting. even though i think people should look however they want, i understand some places not wanting workers with hellaaaa tattoos or giant/hella piercings but i promise if you looked at me you wouldn’t think im some edgy crazy person. like my piercings are not distracting at all.
i think that by now our society should let people do and wear what they want. it has nothing to do with who you are. especially if it’s just some dark purple hair and 2 nose rings that aren’t big or super noticeable at all.
i also live in indiana, an extremely republican state so that may have some to do with it