The hiring process in any industry can be overwhelming, especially the beauty industry. Where do you go to find a job? How do you act during an interview, and what is the post-interview protocol?
Here are some useful tips to help you during the process.
Use your resources. Chances are, you already have a few friends in the industry; let them know you are looking for a job. Reach out to the school you earned your license through to see if they know of any possible openings. Make a list of local salons or spas in the area and reach out to them directly. Just because a business doesn’t have a job posted, doesn’t mean they aren’t looking. You can also use online resources like Hairbrained and Indeed.
Stand out. List your key performance indicators on the top of your resume including: average ticket, average frequency of visit, and retention rate. In addition, include the salon and spa software you have experience using. Providing this information could differentiate you from someone with a similar knowledge and skill set.
Early is on time, on time is late. Arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled interview time to show that you understand the value of the employers’ time.
You can never be overdressed. This doesn’t mean you need to show up in a suit, but be conscious of your appearance.
Show up with a smile. Leave all personal drama at the door. Introduce yourself to the front desk professional with a smile, pay attention when they speak, and remember their name.
Do your research. If you can find your boyfriend’s, brother’s, best friend’s, cat’s Instagram, you can find out what the vision of a potential employer is. The internet makes finding anything about anything out really easy. There is no reason you should not know the services that the business offers and a little bit about their culture.
Be prepared. Never show up to an interview without a copy of your resume, a portfolio, and if possible, client and employer references. (Even if you are interviewing for your first job, you should have school or personal work samples.)
Confidence is key. Interviewing can be stressful, but having confidence in your knowledge and skill set will help ease the pain.
Stay authentic. Do not try to adapt to a culture or environment that does not reflect who you are. No matter how badly you need a job, you will ultimately end up unhappy if you do not stay true to yourself.
Curiosity is a good thing. Prepare a list of relevant questions for the employer to show your genuine interest in their business and culture.
Keep in touch. Follow up after your interview with a “Thank you” email/call/letter; it solidifies your interest in the position.
Remember, finding a job can take time. Have patience, don’t take being turned down personally, use it as a learning tool, and keep going!