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Seven Tips for Beauty School Graduates on Finding Your Winning Salon for Employment

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“ Your graduating from beauty school — now what !”

Congratulations for choosing cosmetology as your chosen profession. You have chosen a profession that offers unlimited opportunities provided you know what it takes and have what it takes to be a winner in a profession that can be fulfilling, challenging and potentially financially rewarding.

Sadly many new beginners fail to maximize their full potential, due to unrealistic career and earning expectations before they even give their new career a chance to grow, they want to run before they learn to walk.

Many believe that graduating from beauty school will prepare them for a competitive and changing job market.

Beauty school is but a first step in your journey to building a successful career in the beauty profession. Beauty school is designed to protect the public health and safety of the consumer and help you pass your state board exam for your license, it is not designed to give you all the skills and experience you will need to stand above the crowd and gain that all important competitive edge, in a competitive job market especially if you want to succeed in an upscale salon.

The first six months are crucial in establishing a solid learning foundation that will help you establish strong work habits and positive attitudes that are a necessary first step in building a successful career in the beauty profession. A trial and error approach to learning is just unacceptable.

The following tips will help you separate glitter and hype from reality and help you prepare for your first job:

Find Your Winning Salon — The key to your success is finding a salon that offers training and education. Their motivation to teach you is very high, if they do not teach you the right way, they go out of business.

You’re Resume — Make sure you type out your resume or digitalresume listing your goals and expectations as well as references from your teachers. Make sure you list all your accomplishments and experiences,especially if you have taken any additional educational classes.

A Professional Appearance — if you want to present a positive first impression to a prospective employer, you have to present a positive first impression to your future boss. If you can’t make yourself look good how do you expect to make his or her clients to look good. A positive first impression is critical,are we not in the business of making our customers look good?

Visit a Few Salons — visit a few salons in the area you may want to work in. Perhaps introduce yourself to the owner, make sure you have your resume information with you.

Have Models Prepared — make sure you have a couple models available if your asked to highlight your work.

Smile a Lot — bring out your best personality, smile a lot, develop a pleasing personality.

Answer the Questions — during your interview just stay positive, answer questions during the interview, and above all let them know your eager to learn.

Finding a top salon a top salon that offers training ,team work, and salon owners that run their salons like a business are hard to find. The stricter their qualifications the better your opportunities. Keep in mind they have an obligation to their other team members to hire the very best.

When starting your new job, keep an open mind to learning, keep your expectations realistic, and work hard to exceed owner and client expectations.

For more educational resources, please view my educational information click here or attend one of my personal growth success seminars. Click here.

For further information visit my web site and click Frequently asked questions on my beauty school forum page. Click here

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8 Responses to Seven Tips for Beauty School Graduates on Finding Your Winning Salon for Employment

  1. Nancy Colbert May 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I am currently trying to survivie a massive walkout that occurred in January. I lost 7 stylists out of 12 total. It has been devastating. They conspired to go independant or booth rental since last fall. I am a commission salon

    • Jon May 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

      Nancy,all me at my toll free number monday, be happy to help you

  2. joe July 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Well i am having a problem finding quality stylist i have posted gone to the school and i have a great salon but yet no response. Wondering what else to do.

  3. Jon September 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    It seems to me your rushing into business with too many questions and challenges. If you call me I will offer some suggestions and play devil’s advocate. Sorry for the delay, been out of town.

    Jon Gonzales

  4. Met@steel manufacturer October 22, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Hi Jon, thanks for the great advice! Building any business is hard work, you have to know how to manage your staff & keep them happy at the same time. We at steel manufacturer also have difficulties at times but having open communication channels help a great deal…

  5. stefania July 11, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Hi jon,
    I just finished my certificate IV in Beauty therapy and advancing myself further onto a diploma graduate. Luckily within a month of completing my certificate i landed a day spa job in the city, which initially i was happy about.

    Although at this present time ( a week since i started)im starting to doubt this career path. My employer hasnt outlined much in regards to training and treatment protocol. Im really eager to learn and do acknowledge i have alot to learn still.I need some clarification on how to handle this job and how should i expect my employer to treat this manner in ensuring training and company protocol.

    p.s i found that i have been thrown into situations that have not been shown inturn makng mistake and often spoken to harshly.


  6. Nancy October 31, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Dear Jon, I just got my license in May but I need training and education more then anything!.I have a resume and portfolio but what r good questions to ask a manager or salon owner?and what are realistic expectations for someone new like me?do I have to work in a salon for free?.I’m eager to learn and I have the passion and personality for this industry.I just don’t know how to find someone who’s willing to invest time in me.I don’t want to be a salon hopper either.Any Advice would help!

    • Jon October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Nancy,getting started is difficult,look for a salon that offers training and education, yes you must be paid a training wage,go to my web site http://www.hcds4you,and click faq on the left side panel, I have a road map that will help guide you.Good luck.


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