Enhance Your Beauty Career Experience

by Margie Wisniski

People want to look and feel their best; therefore, careers for cosmetologists will always be in demand. Here are a few tips that can enhance your beauty career experience.

First, it is important to get a good education from a school that has national accreditation. Education in a field that is constantly changing should be constant and ongoing.

Stylists need to keep abreast of changing techniques and trends. Graduation from cosmetology school is only the beginning of the learning process. Continuing education is offered at cosmetology schools, trade shows and hair forums.

Second, it is imperative to research the field and find the ideal place to work. A cosmetology graduate may not get hired for their ideal job right away, but if they begin their employment in a place they want to be, they can learn and grow, as they grow into their perfect job.

Even if the stylist has to start at the bottom of the ladder like the shampoo person, the first step is to try to learn from the best and avoid salon hopping. Once hired at the ideal location, the stylist can prove their reliability and work ethic, as well as observe and learn from the professionals they aspire to become.

A good way to find the ideal salon is to visit the salon as a customer. Two critical interactions to observe are how customers are treated, and how the staff interacts with one another. The client should be the center of focus and the service should be outstanding. Is the interaction between the staff positive and friendly? Do they work cooperatively and share ideas? As a new employee, you want to make sure the salon of choice is a place where you can learn and grow in a positive way.

Many recent graduates feel obliged to accept the first job offered, but it is better to find the salon that is a great fit than to have a resume filled with numerous employers.

Personal attributes that are key to a successful career include great communication skills. Understand that you (the stylist) and the work that you do are your calling cards. You are always on display, therefore it is vital to pay attention to personal grooming and always look your best.

Key to selling services to others is having confidence and the ability to sell yourself. No one is going to feel comfortable putting their beauty in the hands of someone who looks like they just rolled out of bed.

Finally, successful cosmetologists must be willing to invest in themselves. This includes continually striving to improve their skills as a stylist, communicator and professional.

By following these simple steps, a stylist should not only be able to find a job in the beauty business, they should also be able to become a successful stylist, flourishing in this highly creative and rewarding career.

Margie Wisniski is the VP of Operations, I.T.S. Academy of Beauty in Texas. For more information visit www.itsacademyofbeauty.com

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