With a cosmetology certificate and license in hand, it’s now time to find a job. First of all, congratulations! You’ve worked hard and you deserve to take some time to savor your accomplishment. But don’t wait too long … now it’s time to get those skills in top-notch condition so you can potentially find a job!
Practice on Family and Friends
One of the best ways to push your skills to higher and higher levels is to work on willing friends and family members. Practice listening to their needs and doing the best job you can, just like you would with a client.
Take Advantage of School Opportunities
At a school such as Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers, you’ll have plenty of chances to work on willing volunteers, so don’t pass them up. Remember that school is a series of opportunities you won’t get in the real world, so utilize it to the fullest.
Take Before and After Photos
A portfolio is one of the best ways to get a job because it shows prospective employers that you can really add to their image and brand rather than detracting. Before and after photos are excellent for portfolios, because they give an idea of the scope of your skills. When you’re practicing at school or on friends, take lots of before and after shots. Not only does this help your portfolio, it keeps you clear on your goal: to provide the best possible transformation in every case.
Watch a Professional in Action
Although hands-on work is the best way to grow your skill set, you can also learn a lot by watching someone who’s already an expert in the field. You may pick up new tips and tricks that weren’t taught at school, or learn a lot about mixing and matching various techniques to create new results. Maybe try asking professionals if they would mind a job shadow.
If you can’t find anyone by walking through the door, attend a career fair or join a society such as the Professional Beauty Association to help you network.
More than anything else, you’ve got to take risks to advance your skills. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and if you’re not yet enrolled in a program, check out Hollywood Institute’s Cosmetology Program today.