View Poll Results: Facial Hair

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  • No hair on face Clean cut

    24 22.22%
  • Well trimed facial hair

    71 65.74%
  • Full beard

    9 8.33%
  • Long hair and tatoos

    4 3.70%
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  1. #1
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    Cool FACIAL HAIR

    I went on a job interview today and was told the they want their techs to not have facial hair. They said that it is unprofessional and it loses sales. I have a goatee that is trimmed very close and clean. I am very clean cut with short hair and no tattoos. I would like to know how all our residential members feel about facial hair or anything else about appearance on someone who is working on your home. All input welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty hvac View Post
    I went on a job interview today and was told the they want their techs to not have facial hair. They said that it is unprofessional and it loses sales. I have a goatee that is trimmed very close and clean. I am very clean cut with short hair and no tattoos. I would like to know how all our residential members feel about facial hair or anything else about appearance on someone who is working on your home. All input welcome.
    A neatly trimmed goatee shouldn't be a problem.

    Now, if you had long, greasy hair and piercings in your nose then that would be another story.

    Who'd you apply with? The NY Yankees?

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    Cool

    A good company in the Buffalo area. Job sounds great. Just wanted to see what the customer base thought about it.
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    Will you drink the kool-aid?

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    I'd let that be a warning sign that this "good" company is about to go bad. Who made this rule? What's the next rule going to be? A person with a good clean appearance should be all that's needed.

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    As a customer, it wouldn't bother me at all. I care more about competency than facial hair. Of course, I have a mustache, not that it matters.

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    As a guy with a full beard and customer, no issues as long as you look clean and professional. I ve been up in a few attics and played in crawl spaces. It's hard to be Mr. Clean if you work in a trade.

    Like the others, I care more about what you know and how dependable you are. That being said, if you show up in an old beat up truck with bald tires and a years worth of Burger King wrappers on the dashboard I might pick someone else.

    If the big scheme of things, sounds like the company cares about it's image.
    Thats a good thing. If you want to work for them you have to go with thier flow. If they are good to work for, I would go for it.

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    A company should have an appearance code and if you wish to work there you will have to comply. I think that a well trimmed beard or mustache is fine, I personally do not like goatees they look incomplete.

    The thing is it is hard to write a subjective policy that allows facial hair if it is maintained because what my look good and clean on one person may look terrible on another. An employer that allows say a moustache or beard if it is well trimmed and maintained will eventually have to make a call that will be disputed.

    I personally grow a great beard and moustache, in fact I had a handlebar that would pull behind my ears (9 inches on each side) but not everyone can pull it off. So can a boss say you can have a moustache but you cannot because the first one has a full moustache and the next guy has a thin skimpy moustache that look terrible?

    It is better to have a policy that eliminates that confrontation.

    Tips that is a ridiculous statement sounds like this is company that is well run and has its priorities correct.

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    I do residential service and I have facial hair. Currently I have trimmed beard. I usually grow it in late October and shave it in March/April, then I have a trimmed goatee. There have been guys at our company that have had ponytails, but they are no longer working here.(for other reasons, not the hair) I personally think that first appearances are very important. I think you should keep a clean van, wear clean clothes and be neat in your appearance. People can stereotype by how your appearance is or the condition of your van/truck, how organized you are. I personally don't see anything wrong with having facial hair when it's trimmed and well kept. Did you ask this company how long they've had this policy?(just curious) I think to be a professional, you need to look professional, but facial hair doesn't make you look unprofessional, unless you play for the yankees.

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    Possibly opens you up to lawsuits based on religious beliefs. All it takes is one incompetent bearded applicant turned away on a job ap, and then you find out later his religion requires him to have a beard after the lawsuit is filed.
    Bring this up to your company and maybe they will work with you on your goatee as it would look good in such a lawsuit to have somebody with facial hair already working for them to prove they didn't discriminate.

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    Seems rather simple to me.
    If ya want to work there, snip, snip. I know for a fact, it grows back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tipsrfine View Post
    Possibly opens you up to lawsuits based on religious beliefs. All it takes is one incompetent bearded applicant turned away on a job ap, and then you find out later his religion requires him to have a beard after the lawsuit is filed.
    Bring this up to your company and maybe they will work with you on your goatee as it would look good in such a lawsuit to have somebody with facial hair already working for them to prove they didn't discriminate.

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    Cool

    Any comments from customers?
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