How to Land a Great Job Right Out of Beauty School

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Posted by Allie Winters on 3/19/2015 to Beauty

Find a Great Job Before You Finish Beauty School

You are close to finishing beauty school and can’t wait to begin working, but how do you get started? You’ll have to do some major legwork, but it will all pay off in the end. Here’s a few tricks that will have you in that perfect job in no time.


1. Know what you are looking for in a salon.

Make a list of characteristics and perks that you are looking for in a salon. These could include:


  • How does the salon present themselves? How is their branding?

  • What kind of clientele already exists and who do they attract?

  • Where are they located? How big are they? How many stylists do they employ?

  • How is the compensation structured? Do they offer continuing education?

  • How long have they been open?

2. Do your research.

You want to know as much as you can about the places you are applying. This will help you narrow your search and understand more about what a full-time stylist position looks like directly out of beauty school. Review the salon’s website and any social media outlets that they use. And make sure you know the salon owner’s and manager’s names. This will make you seem more personable when you drop off your cover letter and resume.


3. Create a cover letter and resume. 


About that cover letter and resume, these two documents speak volumes for you and your accomplishments. How can you make them stand out? Make sure you list every qualification and ask yourself this question, “Does this reflect my fit for the position?” Once you’ve created a good-looking cover letter and resume, it’s time to get your foot in the door, literally.


Photo Source: Penrose Academy Beauty School


4. Get your resume to the right people. 


This isn’t something they teach you in beauty school. Make sure you’re talking to and getting in front of the right people. Don’t walk into a salon and just hand your resume to the receptionist. This doesn’t show much initiative on your part and most likely won’t get you a call back. Ask the receptionist to speak to the owner (use this person’s name), if they aren’t in or unavailable let them know you will follow up with a phone call.



5. Look like you already work there. 

Dressing professionally let’s whomever you meet at the salon know that you are serious about being part of their team. In beauty school you might have been able to dress more casually, but step up your game when you are looking for a job. It’s true you never get a second chance to make a first impression.


6. Get started now. 


Don’t wait until you finish beauty school to begin applying. Securing a job now will allow you to focus on finding the right fit and free your mind of worrying about how you are going to pay the bills.


At Standish we want to be part of your first experiences as a stylist just finishing beauty school. Take a peek at our salon equipment and see how we can meet your unique needs by providing quality products at an excellent price.


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