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.

 

 

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.

Pampering Young People: Shriner’s Hospital Prom

Shriners Hospital for Children®  Twin Cities hosted a very special prom for their young patients, and Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) – Woodbury students were privileged to volunteer as the hairstylists, nail technicians and makeup artists. Forty-four young people had their hair, makeup and nails done by our students at this remarkable event, held at the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Shriners Hospital for Children® – Twin Cities focuses on 12998617_10153666017488722_4750874331011347817_ntreating children with orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions in a kid-friendly environment designed to help make them feel comfortable. Every member of the Shriners staff is focused on providing the highest quality care for the child and the family.

This was the 6th Annual Shriner’s Prom and MSC has been volunteering for the event since the beginning. Maureen Johnston, Child Life Director for Shriners Hospital exclaimed, “Your group was amazing (again) at Prom!  We really could not do this event without generous people like you!”

MSC student, Amy Henry, was touched by her involvement with the Shriners prom. “I am so happy to have been a part of the Shriners prom. To be able to see the joy and excitement on all the girls faces while being a part of their special day, and in the meantime, I was doing something that I love and am so passionate about! It just really doesn’t get any better than that!”

Students and staff at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology always look forward to enhancing the prom experience for special young people at this annual event.

 

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:

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Most cosmetology careers begin in the salon, where cosmetologists tackle everything from manicures to hairstyles, 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.

StudioTV 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

http://work.chron.com/types-careers-can-cosmetology-license-4781.html

http://www.beautyschoolnetwork.com/finding-job-after-beauty-school

Post written by Josie Black

MSC – Woodbury Staff Volunteer at Tubman Center

Each year, the Minnesota School of Cosmetology closes the school for a day and participates in an organized volunteer opportunity. For our 2016 annual community service project on Friday June 17, 2016, MSC-Woodbury staff members volunteered at Tubman in Maplewood.

Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, ComServicelegal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and community education. Tubman is the state’s largest provider of domestic violence services, with over 20 percent of all Minnesota shelter beds for women and children experiencing family violence.

Twelve Minnesota School of Cosmetology volunteers organized Tubman’s clothing store called Harriet’s Closet, sorted clothes, and created clothing and accessory displays. They also packed baby wipes and other personal care items for clients of the Tubman Center, and transported school supplies to the shelter and other areas of the building.

“Volunteering for the Tubman Center was amazing. I feel like we really made a difference and a lot of people will be helped due to the work that we did,” Sonya Stelmachuk, Admissions Representative at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, said.

“Thank you for all your help! We really couldn’t do it without community support and volunteers like you! We were happy to help this amazing organization!” an administrator at Tubman said.

 

Dress For Success: Creating a Stylish, Professional Wardrobe on a Budget

One of the best things about attending college is that you can wear jeans and a sweatshirt on a daily basis and nobody will bat an eye. Unfortunately, this casual approach to business dress can be a liability in the professional sphere, where employees are judged as much on their attire as they are on their workplace performance. A stylish, yet conservative wardrobe is necessary for securing employment, but for the average, broke student, it’s difficult to acquire. Cheap, professional attire does exist, however; you just have to know where to find it.

Don’t exclusively buy designer labels

Although some designer labels offer superior style and durability, the name of the brand you buy does not necessarily speak to the quality of the item. Professionals are less concerned with labels than you think, so don’t worry if you can’t afford designer duds.

Check out premium outlets

If you prioritize designer labels, avoid standard boutiques and department stores, and instead, shop at premium outlet stores. These shops offer an array of professional items for less than half the sticker price listed at traditional shopping locations.

Explore high-end consignment stores

High-end consignment stores offer the low prices of premium outlets, as well as greater variety and personality. If you adore vintage style, you’ll love consignment shops, where you can find classy items that are no longer available at standard stores. High-end consignment shops carefully vet all items for quality, so you can rest assured, knowing that the consignment pieces you buy are just as durable as new items from outlets and department stores.

Go for quality, not quantity

Regardless of where you purchase your cheap, professional attire, it is imperative that you emphasize quality over quantity. It is better to own a handful of carefully crafted items than to possess an entire wardrobe of flimsy outfits. Employers don’t particularly care if you frequently wear the same suit jacket or pencil skirt, particularly if you mix and match with other high-quality pieces or add personality with cheery accessories.

How you shop is just as important as where you shop. Prior to each outing, draft up a specific list detailing the types of items you need and how much you are willing to spend. While scouring sales racks, do not be tempted by discounted items not included on your shopping list. If you absolutely must purchase a sale item, think long and hard about how it will fit into your existing wardrobe.

Tasteful business dress signals your professional demeanor while also providing a subtle glimpse into your unique personality. Dressing to impress need not break the bank; simply keep frivolous purchases to a minimum and avoid expensive designer boutiques.

Source

http://www.moneyunder30.com/work-wardrobe-on-a-budget-9668

http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2012/04/12/building-a-professional-work-wardrobe-on-a-tight-budget/#6e6432015201

Posted written by Josie Black

Sunscreen 101: What You Need to Know For Summer

Everybody knows that sunscreen is important, but few apply it as often as necessary. Clinical dermatology professor Neil Sadick claims that only one in five Americans utilizes proper sun protection on a daily basis. The devastating long-term consequences of poor sunscreen application can include wrinkles, age spots, and more alarmingly, cancer. Fortunately, a basic understanding of safe sunscreen practices and a commitment to sun protection can help you avoid a whole host of cosmetic and health problems. Clueless about safe sunscreen? Everything you need to know is outlined below:

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Sun protection factor (SPF) measures the extent to which various types of sunscreen protect the skin from UV rays. Higher SPF is generally better, but only up to a point. For most people, an SPF of between 30 and 50 is ideal. However, with regular reapplication, an SPF of between 15 and 30 is acceptable. SPF 30 blocks nearly 97 percent of UV radiation; after this level, improvements in sun protection are incremental, at best.

UVA versus UVB

Most sunscreens provide ample protection against UVB rays but fail to address UVA, which penetrates even deeper into the skin than UVB. Vigilance is particularly important in the fight against UVA, as exposure can occur even when the sun is seemingly blocked by windowpanes. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides full protection against both types of UV. According to experts at Mayo Clinic, sunscreen should emphasize broad-spectrum over high SPF although both are important.

How much sunscreen should I apply?

For the average sunscreen user, the efficacy of even broad-spectrum protection is significantly compromised by insufficient application. Most people apply just over half a milligram of sunscreen per centimeter of skin when they should be applying at least four times as much. Additionally, many fail to reapply sunscreen as often as necessary. At a minimum, sunscreen should be applied at least once every two hours. However, more frequent reapplication may be necessary during long days in the pool or instances of heavy sweating.

Sun protection for babies

Most baby sunscreen products damage infants’ sensitive skin, so it is best to avoid direct sunlight and instead keep babies in the shade whenever possible. Additionally, babies should be dressed in long sleeves, long pants, sunglasses, and hats prior to heading outside, even if they do not encounter direct sunlight.

Regardless of age, consistent sun protection is essential. No one sunscreen brand is ideal for all skin types, so it may be necessary to experiment with a few brands. Once you find a brand you like, commit to applying and reapplying every day. Persistence will greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer and over time, can slow or even halt the pesky signs of sun-induced aging.

Source

https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/sunscreen-101-dermatologists-answer-burning-questions-about-sunscreens

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303772904577333590080007880

Post written by Josie Black

5 Tips for Doing Your Friends’ Wedding Hair and Makeup

As a cosmetology student, you’ve likely been approached by multiple bridesmaids and brides-to-be. It’s an honor to be asked to do your friends’ wedding up-do and makeup, but it’s also a lot of pressure. Implement these essential tips to ensure that your loved ones look gorgeous while walking down the
aisle.

  1.  Sometimes, simple is betterBeautiful bride doing her hair and makeup. Hairstylist spraying

The more you browse Pinterest, the more you’ll be convinced that you can handle complex hairstyles and bridal makeup. Unfortunately, many of the styles featured on Pinterest are challenging for even the most experienced professionals. Stick to simple, sweet styles that you can have looking flawless in less than an hour.

  1.  Tools of the trade

The tools you use are just as important as your technique. Ideally, brides and bridesmaids will use the same basic hair and makeup products that they rely on for everyday beauty. If your friends insist on trying something new, be sure to practice a few times to ensure that unfamiliar products don’t cause breakouts or frizzy hair.

  1.  Hairpins and primer are your friend

Hair and makeup may look perfect when first completed, but after a long day of posing for pictures and a long night of dancing, makeup may run and hair may fall out. Use plenty of hairpins to ensure that updos remain firmly in place – and a good primer to keep makeup looking fresh for hours.

  1.  Practice makes perfect

The need for a practice run cannot be overstated. Professional stylists and makeup artists practice the same handful of styles constantly, and even prefer to practice on brides and bridesmaids prior to the big day. Practice is even more essential for aspiring cosmetologists doing makeup for a wedding. Ideally, bridal makeup and hairstyles should be selected at least a few months before the wedding and then rehearsed multiple times. Practice at least once within a week of the wedding to account for any recent hairstyle changes or climate issues (especially humidity).

  1.  Prepare a backup plan

You could practice a beautiful hairstyle a dozen times and still have everything fall apart on the big day. Develop an easy, stress-free plan B that can be adopted if everything goes wrong. Backup makeup should be similar to the bride’s everyday look, but just a bit darker. Great backup hairstyles include simple curls with a tiara, a French twist, or an elegant side-swept bun. As with the official look, you should practice the backup style at least once prior to the wedding.

Give your friends the gift of wedding beauty and prove that you’ve been working hard at cosmetology school. You’ll come away with a very grateful group of friends and several beautiful pictures to include in your portfolio.

Source

http://bridalguide.com/blogs/fashion-beauty/diy-wedding-hair-tips

http://offbeatbride.com/diy-makeup-tips/

Written by Josie Black.