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    Quote Originally Posted by peterbound View Post
    Most large city fire departments make no issue of this. I personally have a half sleeve, and have never had any comment good bad or otherwise on them.

    You'll find that many of the folks that frequent these boards are a bit... conservative. Don't sweat it. If they ask, tell them what it means, but if it's not offensive (I've got skulls all over my arm) you've got no issue.
    And you know the specific agencies policies well enough to give the OP this advice with confidence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Not if the interviewing agency has a policy forbidding tattoos.....It's called saving time.
    This is not the case because it was not if they have any tattoo. It was mearly if they were visible in uniform. Not weither you could still cover them or not.
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    A standard short sleeve uniform is pretty self explanatory. Yes, I have personally stopped an interview when I received a "yes" answer. The department had a "No visible tattoo" policy. If the candidate does not meet the minimum standard, HR does not require us to continue the interview.

    As I have said before, a tattoo does not define how you will perform as a firefighter. It is, however, imperative that all candidates meet the minimum requirements.

    My message is simple. If you do not have a tattoo, you should seriously consider not getting one. It's hard enough to get hired without one. Getting one MAY limit your chances.

    If you have one already, decide how important it is to you. If it's practical you may consider getting it removed.
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    My fire department states that tatoos can only visably cover up to 1/3 of the exposed arm or they must be covered up by a long sleeve uniform shirt. No tatoos may be visable above the shirt collar.

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    Yes. I always give advice with confidence. It's my thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulLepore View Post
    A standard short sleeve uniform is pretty self explanatory. Yes, I have personally stopped an interview when I received a "yes" answer. The department had a "No visible tattoo" policy. If the candidate does not meet the minimum standard, HR does not require us to continue the interview.

    As I have said before, a tattoo does not define how you will perform as a firefighter. It is, however, imperative that all candidates meet the minimum requirements.

    My message is simple. If you do not have a tattoo, you should seriously consider not getting one. It's hard enough to get hired without one. Getting one MAY limit your chances.

    If you have one already, decide how important it is to you. If it's practical you may consider getting it removed.
    No I understand what you mean. I was merely pointing out that there are other ways then just the uniform to cover tattoos. (Without violating any uniform standard) There for stopping the interview for ''failure to meet minimum standard'' can be flawed.

    Chief Lapore I mean no disrespect. I have followed your advice and have learn alot from you. I agree with you that someone who is seeking this career that does not already have a visible tattoo to not get one.
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    Ask yourselves if you'd rather look cool or have a career. I've made summer time sales calls in Florida with long sleeves. Sound fun? Might as well pierce your lip or eyebrow while you're at it, you'll get judged just the same.

    All things being equal, the squeaky clean guy with no ink is always, always, always in a better position to get hired.

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    Why not just wait until after you get hire? It can/will do two things for you, 1) may help you get a job by not having one yet. 2) You will be slightly older and my decide you don't want "that tattoo". best of luck to you.
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