A job hunter who has attended over 30 Interviews says he has been unfairly discriminated against because of his neck tattoo dedicated to his late grandfather.
Joe Parsons, 21, got the £250 six-inch tattoo last November in memory of his late grandfather Thomas, who died in a care home aged 63 last
He got the £250 tattoo while he was working in a factory.
Joe claims that he had no problem getting around 30 interviews, but he has never managed to get a job.
He says he’s tried to cover the tattoo with high-necked shirts but the tips of the wings are still visible above the collar line.
Joe said: “Before I got the tattoo people thought I was a happy, confident person. Now it feels like people think I’m full of my self and that I don't give a damn.
“That’s just not who I am. I’m just a normal person and all I want is a decent job. There's definitely a stigma attached which there shouldn't be. I do think it’s a form of discrimination.
“It’s not down to the skills I have and in every interview they haven’t given me a good reason.
Now I feel like I’ve got ‘don’t hire me’ written all over my neck.
“I don’t want to get it removed. It means so much to me. I still don’t regret it at all though. I’m proud of it because it means so much. What I regret is how other people are perceiving it.”
Joe was forced to leave his job in January after his mother was attacked in the street and he quit to take care of her.
She developed post traumatic stress disorder – a mental illness triggered by a terrifying event – and needed full-time support from her son.
He started looking for a job in January but has been rejected 30 times for jobs at Topshop, Next and even TK Maxx where he was previously
employed before his tattoo.
His lack of luck comes despite four years of experience in retail, hospitality and call centres.
He said nobody has explicitly mentioned his tattoo specifically but added: “As soon as I sit down they look me in the eyes and then I see their gaze drop down to my neck where they stay for a few seconds.
“Then they look up again and go on with the interview. I can telling they are pre-judging me even before the interview has started.”
The 21-year-old who has been supporting his mum financially said the situation has become desperate in the run up to Christmas.
“I have been going to more interviews in the past three months as it’s coming up to Christmas and my savings are running out,” he explained. Please Join Our Forum Today For More Updates, Click here
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