Tips from Career Services: No. 1 Mistake to Avoid When Job Hunting

At Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC), help finding a career doesn’t stop when you graduate. One of the biggest advantages of going to MSC is the continued help you will get throughout your cosmetology career. Whether is your first job or a transition in between, out dedicated career services staff is there to help you.

Our employment assistance starts with our curriculum to ensure students are educated on being Jobs Search Applicant Career Employment Hiring Conceptprofessional, job search tools and resources and career-planning strategies.

MSC cannot guarantee you a job after you graduate, but we can do the best we can to help you find it. Some of the services we help with include:

  • Finding current job openings in cosmetology
  • Cover letter writing, resumes and portfolios
  • Interview do’s and don’ts
  • Networking and advice

“Since the average job search can take about 6-9 months, I advise students to make an appointment with me early to begin planning their career,” said Mindy Meyer, career services coordinator at MSC. “I encourage them to get acclimated to school during basics class and then seek assistance with their job search when they reach intermediate class. This gets students thinking about what type of salon they would like to work for so when they reach advanced class they can apply to salons and land their first job before they graduate!”

Resume Building Tips from MSC

Get Involved in School! Join MSC Student Council, work as a tutor or volunteer as a mentor.

Develop Professional Relationships with your instructors, MSC staff and peers.  They are a built-in network and will become very valuable to your job search!

Get Good Grades and include them on your resume: Graduate with honors with an overall grade 95% or higher, perfect attendance, highest retail sales, etc.

Join a Professional Organization such as Salon and Spa Professional Association. Attend beauty shows, outside classes by industry leaders and learn new trends!

Gain Relevant Experience now through part-time employment or even volunteering at a salon! . It’s a great way to gain experience, make contacts and get your foot in the door at a salon. Contact a salon of your choice. Introduce yourself and ask if they need any help sweeping hair, stocking the dispense, etc. You will learn a lot from observation and will begin building your network!

ALWAYS Look for Ways to Enhance Your People Skills.

The following list will help job seekers locate job postings and research their field and prospective employers.

If you are looking to enhance your career, you could go back to school for a degree in business administration or business management. MSC graduates can qualify for a scholarship or transfer credits at Globe University, a member of the Globe Education Network.

If you are ready to get starting on a career in cosmetology, email us or call 1-877-541-8777 to speak with a representative today.

First Miss Jeanine Hinton Scholarship Awarded to MSC Woodbury Student

Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury is pleased to announce our very first winner of the Jeanine Hinton Scholarship! Congratulations to Brittany Thomas!

Admissions representative Sonya awarding the scholarship to Brittany.

Brittany will be a day cosmetology student starting August 8, 2016. Brittany will be receiving $1,000 from the Jeanine Hinton Scholarship Foundation. Minnesota School of Cosmetology is matching the scholarship for a total of $2,000. All funds cover educational expenses or will be used to reduce the student’s loans.

Miss Jeanine Hinton was a Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Basic’s instructor for 22 years.  She devoted 22 years of her life to teaching, mentoring and coaching Minnesota School of Cosmetology students, not only technical skills but also life skills. She was passionate about seeing Minnesota School of Cosmetology students grow to become successful Cosmetologists and beauty industry leaders. This annual scholarship is her way of continuing to support our future of beauty industry professionals.

 

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Miss Jeanine Hinton

To apply, applicants submitted an essay sharing their story, including why they want to be a professional in the beauty industry, what inspired them to choose cosmetology as their career field and their long-term goals in the industry. As an added requirement to set the recipient up for success, upon starting school they must maintain 85 percent attendance or higher. There will also be a Jeanine Hinton Scholarship awarded to a student of the Sept. 19, 2016 class at Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury.

 

Carnival Hair and Face Painting at Bailey Elementary

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC)-Woodbury students were delighted to volunteer at the Bailey Elementary Carnival, doing crazy carnival hair and face painting for the kids.

Bailey Elementary’s Carnival is the school’s second largest fundraiser that includes all-inclusive wristbands for games, a silent auction,and the raffle drawings. Great prizes are donated by the Bailey PTA and local businesses in the Woodbury area.

But the highlight of the carnival for the elementary students was getting their hair colored bright colors 044with glitter and having their face painted like cute puppies or awesome superheroes!

Our amazing volunteer students showed off their cosmetology creativity by doing a variety of hairstyles and
, everyoneface painting for the kids. They did a lot of Pom Pom hairstyles.  One little boy asked MSC student Andrea for a dragon spikes style with colored scales and was THRILLED with her work!   MSC student Colleen carefully braided hair and had one girl fall asleep as she was enjoying herself so much.  MSC Student Ginger Close stated, “The carnival was a lot of fun, everyone was really nice! The kids were all really wonderful. Thank you for letting us go!”

One little boy asked MSC student Andrea for a dragon-spiked style with colored scales and was THRILLED with her work!

MSC student Colleen carefully braided hair and had one girl fall asleep as she was enjoying herself so much.

“The carnival was a blast; everyone was really nice! The kids were all really wonderful. Thank you for letting us go!” MSC student Ginger Close said.

 

 

10 Tips for Flawless Hair

Are you sick of the never-ending battle against hair breakage and frizz? Ready to conquer that wild head of hair once and for all?These clever tips and tricks will help you score the luscious locks you’ve always desired:

  1. Get a haircut

Years of blow-drying, curling, and straightening have taken their toll, and now, your once beautiful head of hair is a mess of split ends. The quickest and easiest way to solve this problem is to get a good haircut. A quick trim may not be good enough; if your hair has sustained extensive damage, you may need to have several inches chopped off. Not only will a new haircut make your locks look healthier, but it will also allow you to change up your appearance and explore a brand new style.10 tips for flawless hair

  1. Sleep on a silk pillowcase

One of the greatest secrets behind unlined skin and healthy hair, the silk pillowcase has long been a go-to beauty solution. Silk pillowcases cause far less breakage than their cotton counterparts, particularly when designed with a charmeuse weave.

  1. Eat plenty of protein

It’s no secret that what you put in your body can heavily impact the quality of your skin, but did you know that your diet also impacts the appearance of your hair? Protein is particularly important, because hair is largely made up of protein and thus requires plenty of it in your diet. Be sure to also load up on vegetables and healthy fats.

  1. Take a supplement

The jury’s still out on whether supplements actually cause your hair to grow faster, but if you’re hoping for healthier locks, a supplement such as Biotin or Viviscal can certainly help.

  1. Invest in a scalp treatment during the winter months

Winter weather leaves your skin parched, and not just on your hands and face — it also impacts your scalp. A scalp treatment can deliver much-needed moisture to a typically neglected area of your body, while also clearing out dead skin cells.

  1. Go gradual while changing hair color

You’ve always dreamed of rocking a hair color completely different from your natural hue. There’s nothing wrong with exploring unique colors, but drastic changes can have a devastating impact on your hair’s health. Consider making a more gradual switch. For example, if you want bleach blonde hair, start with highlights.

  1. Be careful with shampoo and conditioner selections for dyed hair

Maintaining healthy hair can be tricky after a hardcore dye job, but certain products can improve the quality of heavily-dyed locks. A hair mask can do wonders for your tresses; consider investing in Morrocanoil’s Restorative Hair Mask or using coconut oil for a quick fix.

  1. Avoid Amodimethicones silicones in shampoos

Silicones and sulfates have gotten a bad rap these last few years. They aren’t quite as awful as critics would have you believe, but they can cause unwanted dryness or build up. Amodimethicones are especially worth avoiding, as they can be very difficult to wash out. If you favor silicone shampoos, give cyclomethicone products a try.

  1. Don’t brush wet hair

Your post-shower routine is even more important than what you put in your hair while showering. Hair is weaker while wet, so wait before pulling a brush through. Instead, carefully use a wide-tooth comb to untangle snarls.

  1. Protect your hair from sun exposure

Sun protection should not be limited to your skin; it can also have a huge impact on your hair. Hair in the Sun is a great option; its UVQ formula absorbs UV rays, thereby reducing later frizz and other signs of damage.

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MSC Partners with 10-year-old Rhuin Eisley to Collect Charity Donations at Night to Unite Event

Hundreds of people gathered at Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s Woodbury and Plymouth campuses for its fifth annual Rhuin raising money for The Sheridan Story
National Night Out
celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

The idea behind the event is to provide the entire community a safe and fun way for families to come together, meet neighbors and engage with local business owners.

Just over 100 people attended Plymouth’s inaugural event and close to 200 enjoyed the fun at Woodbury. There was something for everyone; a bouncy house, face painting, crazy hair dos, games, food and much more. MSC also welcomed special guest, 10-year-old Rhuin Eisley, of south Minneapolis. She has a mission to feed hungry children in the metro. Her story has been shared by KARE 11, FOX 9… even Yahoo Beauty and Inside Edition.

During the National Night Out Event, both campuses collected food donations for The Sheridan Story, a charity chosen by Rhuin. The nonprofit sends backpacks full of food home with school children in need every Friday to ensure they have access to meals over the weekend.

“We thank all of our neighbors and friends for coming out to be a part of our night to unite event. To have Rhuin Eisley be a part of our event to share her story and how she’s helping The Sheridan Story was especially meaningful as we can relate to how she wants to help those in need. We love being a part of the Woodbury community and can’t wait for next year,” Cori Omundson, front desk manager at MSC, said.

MSC_National Night out food collectionAs of Tuesday, Rhuin had raised $2,000 in donations which will help feed at least 22 kids for an entire year. She is hoping to make that number grow. You can donate to her cause here. Donations will continue to be collected at MSC Woodbury until mid-August.

“You might think you are doing something small, but you are not. You can make it really big,” Rhuin said.

The event also gave MSC students the chance to put their skills to the test.

MInnesota School of Cosmetology National Night out“It’s almost like a community service, but it’s more of a community engagement event. They get to learn how to interact with people and network and show the community how much they care and so that hopefully when they go out to their future careers they can take that with them,” Omundson said.

Local public safety officials and KS95 also stopped by the event.

Learn more about how you can step into a career where you can make the world more beautiful one client at a time here. 

You can see some of media attention Rhuin has been getting here and and even Inside Edition.

Career Advice from MSC: Places to Work as a Cosmetologist

From salons to movie sets, cosmetologists work in a wide array of environments. Due to the versatility of their work, it is imperative that they gain practical experience with a variety of hair and makeup styles. The ability to work efficiently and effectively in high-pressure situations is also a bonus. Detailed below are a few of the best places to work as a cosmetologist:

Salons

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Most cosmetology careers begin in the salon, where cosmetologists tackle everything from manicures to hairstlyes to prom makeup. Salon work can be deeply satisfying, as cosmetologists are able to witness first-hand the confidence boost that their efforts give clients.

Mobile services for bridal parties

Wedding hair and makeup are increasingly a priority among bridesmaids and brides-to-be, many of whom wish to skip the added stress of visiting salons on their big day. Several savvy cosmetologists have responded to this increasing demand by setting up mobile bridal salons, which provide day-of hair and makeup services whenever and wherever bridal parties desire.

High-end makeup stores

From department store counters to makeup boutiques, a variety of retail-based cosmetology jobs are available for ambitious professionals. Although many students sell makeup in order to earn a little side money while attending cosmetology school, most move up into demo makeup following graduation. Their jobs are both promotional and educational in nature, for in addition to using their skills to convince customers to buy high-end products, they must teach customers about the types of products that are most likely to work with their skin type and coloring.

Theater

Stage makeup for theater and dance stands in stark contrast to the standard practices used to make women look and feel their best on a daily basis. Cosmetologists must use a far more heavy-handed approach when applying stage makeup, as their chief goal is to prevent bright lights from washing out performers’ faces. Additionally, cosmetologists who work backstage aim to accentuate facial features, thereby making it easier for performers to convey emotion from a distance.

TV sets

Many cosmetologists dream of someday working in the entertainment industry. From red carpet affairs to special effects, a wide array of unique makeup gigs are available in Hollywood. Cosmetology opportunities are abundant in Tinseltown, but so are hair stylists and makeup artists desperate for celebrities to notice their work. A cosmetology certificate can give you a much-needed leg up on the competition, as it proves that you possess the in-depth knowledge and extensive skill needed for success in a variety of contexts.

No matter where you end up, you are bound to gain an enormous sense of satisfaction as you pursue your dream cosmetology career. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box as you search for the perfect cosmetology job.

Source

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*Globe University & Minnesota School of Business offer employment assistance to graduates, however, do not guarantee employment.  Some states require licensure in order to practice in certain fields of work.  Please check with your state to determine if licensure is required prior to employment in your chosen field.