So you’re finally a licensed beauty pro! What’s next for your career? Entrepreneurship vs employment can be a hard decision. Working as an employee can be a great opportunity to build skills, gain experience, and learn the ins and outs of the industry. Landing a great job opportunity can be challenging, let me give you some perspective on what studio + salons managers are looking for:
1. Have a portfolio.
I’ve been approached countless times by artists looking for employment and my first question is always… show me what you’re workin with! You should be able to show people your work and what you can create. Regardless of your skill a manager will always want to see you’ve invested into your craft in both practice + passion. Before + afters are always an impactful visual!
⭐ Tip- you can make a great collage portfolio on Canva.com. It’s easy to import, drag and drop photos into a template to include in your portfolio or a link via email.
2. Have a resume.
All professional studios will want to see your resume. Typically when I hire I am looking between the lines of the resume: job history, job progression, timeframes of employment, general writing/presentation skills. I want to be able to look at your resume and see you’re confident + committed.
⭐ Tip- on Canva.com you can pull up tons of resume templates that add a stylish spin on the traditional resume. In the beauty industry this can really catch attention! I personally always loved seeing graphically styled resumes.
3. Include your license.
I’ve been deep into wanting to make a hire, come to find out they have an expired license or need to make a state license transfer. This is a indication you just didn’t do your homework. Administrative delays can easily frustrate salon managers as time of the essence in our biz.
4. Be prepared for a practical hands-on interview.
Most studios will have you in for a practical interview so they can see your style + skills. Having people watch you lash can be nerve wrecking, so do your prep work. Pack the supplies you’ll need to work with, most studios would prefer you bring your own supplies for a practical in addition to a model. Take a deep breath and do your thing!
⭐Tip- Make sure you’ve worked on your model before. Do a practice run on setting up, application, and cleanup. Employers want to see your level of confidence, even under pressure.
5. Have a plan.
Sometimes salons will be looking to hire a lash expert to provide a new service. You need to have confidence in being the expert. You’ll have access to their existing clientele so having a plan to convert those clients to lash lovers is your goal. Include ideas you have to maximize your presence, build clientele, and establish relationships while actively seeking new clients.
- Organize a giveaway
- Collaborate with other pros to run a special/bundle
- Actively do models to promote yourself on social media
- Participate in community events
- Network within existing clientele
Some of the most successful artists and pros I know started their careers as employees in salons + studios. Not only will being apart of an established business help you learn valuable skills from more experienced artists, it gives you time to master your skills!
I created an easy to follow checklist for new lash artists + beauty professionals looking to get hired!
- Update all licensing information + make a copies of your applicable documents.
- Order a simple business card with your name, social media, phone number, email etc.
- Create your resume- include up to date information and write a cover letter that’s applicable to the job position you’re applying to, not just a generic.
- Have someone proofread your resume. You can even hire a professional on fiverr.com to do this.
- Create a professional looking social media for your work. Include photos, videos, and BTS that an employer can explore.
- Check your personal social media for anything unprofessional or make your page private.
- Check job search sites like indeed, monster, or zip recruiter for job listings and compile a list of contact emails.
- Check social media hashtags of studios in the area. Start engaging via comments/likes. Don’t get spammy or solicit via DMs.
- Send your cover letter + resume out to any/all potential employers. Include a link to your social media, encourage employers to explore your portfolio of work there.
- Start doing local networking by visiting salons/studios as a customer. Talk to people + start making some community connections.