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Your Tips for Landing a Job at your Dream Salon or Spa

Posted by on May 2, 2016

You’ve done the hard work of getting your cosmetology license and you are ready to start working your magic on clients. The problem is, you need to find a job in a salon or spa. Not any location will do. You want a dream salon or spa where the opportunities for growth and development are outstanding. What is it going to take to get your foot in the door? Check out these interview tips.

Land a job at your dream salon

Create an impressive portfolio

The most important component of your interview will be your portfolio. Creating a portfolio or lookbook should be a process that you take the time to develop.

  • Develop a range of styles to include. Always focus on creative, but functionally difficult pieces when possible.
  • Do showcase standard cuts and procedures – these are the most commonly needed customer requests.
  • Choose photogenic models for these photos.
  • Never Photoshop any of your images. They will be able to notice this.
  • Use a high-resolution camera.

Your lookbook or portfolio should show your best work. Keep it realistic and fitting with the style of the salon or shop.

Make sure your look matches your experience

Most of the best salons not only use a wide range of marketing to showcase their offerings but also use their stylists and other employees. If your look doesn’t match your experience, you won’t be presenting the right image of the salon to the community. Dress the part and be sure you always look your best. This isn’t a “throw your hair in a ponytail” look.

Showcase your technical skills

If you are applying for a position in a dream salon or spa, there’s going to be stiff competition to get in the door. Be sure your technical skills are outstanding. You’ll likely need to demonstrate them as well as show the employer your resume of experience and education. It may help to take a few more cutting edge courses or attend a few seminars to further boost your skills and resume.

In addition to these tips, it also pays to spend a bit more time on marketing yourself. Be sure your social media profiles represent your passion as well as your interests. Sharpen your resume by adding more than just spa and salon-related experience. For example, you should include community service or other volunteer work you do to showcase your interest in helping others. To land a dream position, you need to do more than simply complete your education.


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