Working in a salon can lead to an exciting career where you can put your passion and creativity to use. Before you can build your career, you'll need to get in the door. Learn more about the skills, experience, and personality traits that salon owners look for in new stylists.
Have The Right Credentials
Education and experience can help you land a job in a salon. Each state in the U.S. requires certifications to become a licensed cosmetologist. Be sure you meet your state's requirements. A formal education will help you learn the skills and proper techniques for styling, as well as valuable business skills. Your education won't stop in the classroom. When you become a stylist, every day and every client will offer a new lesson that will help you excel in your career. Be ready to learn.
Share Your Experience
When applying for a stylist job, share your styling experience with your potential employer as well. Whether you practiced your skills with clients during cosmetology school or received on-the-job training as a salon assistant, list your experience on your resume. Include details about your role and responsibilities in previous jobs, along with any areas where you excelled. Know your strengths.
Finding your dream job usually takes a bit of hard work and persistence. Take some time to search for salons where you feel you would be a good fit. When you apply for a position, be prepared with a great resume. Keep in mind that a salon owner will often have dozens of resumes to sort through, so make sure yours stands out by looking professional, being well organized, and including only relevant information.
While your resume will serve as your introduction to the salon, your interview is the opportunity to let your personality shine. Give your interviewer an idea of how you'll be an asset to the salon team by sharing information about your skills and experience. Be positive and passionate about your career aspirations. Don't forget to dress professionally, creating a polished and professional appearance.
The decision of whether you'd be a good fit for a salon shouldn't be left solely to the interviewer. You'll also want to make your own decision. Asking questions during the interview will help you get a sense of whether you'd fit in with the staff and culture of the salon.
Get In Touch
If you're interested in learning more about joining the team at The Salon by Lora Brown, get in touch. We're happy to answer your questions.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.