Hairdresser Job Search – 3 Tips To Help You Get Your Next Job
So you’re ready for the next step of your hairdressing career, good for you! It’s great that you’re ready to take on a new challenge and take the next step. If you’re just starting out or you’re a bit rusty on the job hunt, you’re going to need some help to get started. Take a look at the following tips to give you just what you need to help you land your next dream hairdressing job.
1. Make the most of your hairdresser job search
The hunt for a new hairdressing job will begin with the job search. Searching for jobs can be a tricky business, and there’s a lot of different places to find job ads and to apply for roles. Some of the most popular ways to look for a salon job include:
Browsing job websites
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Looking for a job online is now one of the most popular ways to find work. Allowing you to search easily by industry and location, a browse through some top job sites could help you come across some promising opportunities that are just what you’re looking for. At Salon Talent we have an excellent database of hairdressing opportunities across different parts of the UK. Our website also enables you to register your skills and experience to help potential employers find you. Remember to keep your CV up to date and a portfolio ready so that you can apply for job roles in an instant.
Getting in touch with salons directly
Not all salons will advertise widely, so if there’s a salon you really want to work for, you should contact them directly to ask about available opportunities. It may not always yield instant results, but it’s a great way to make contact with people in the industry and get your face out there. You can always ask them to keep your details on file in case anything comes up.
When conducting your hairdresser job search and making applications, it’s important that you make sure you fully understand what’s being asked of you before you apply. A job advert that is vague and offers no real information about the job or the location is best avoided, as many people will try to gather personal info from scam adverts. Job scams are becoming more and more popular, so avoid anything that doesn’t seem 100% legitimate and never offer bank details or payment in return for looking at your portfolio. If you have any questions about the job, such as the working hours or salary, it’s worth dropping a call to the salon, or even better – meeting the salon director in person, to find out more about what’s involved and also to help them find out more about you.
2. Make a standout application
Once you’ve spotted a job that you want to apply for, you’re going to need to make your application stand out. The hairdresser job search is a competitive one, so you’ll need to make sure that yours is an application to remember. We have some top tips for compiling your hairdresser CV to help you get started.
Your application and CV is your chance to sell yourself to a potential employer, so don’t hold back about your skills or ambitions. Celebrity hairstylist and businesswoman Sally Hershberger once said:
“I know what I give and deliver when I do hair – it’s unique. And I know what I do helps people and stands out. I know I am in high demand and I feel worthy of that. Know what you’re great at and believe in it.”
This is a great philosophy to follow so never sell yourself short or downplay your skills. Confidence is an important quality to have when applying for a job so make sure your application reflects you as much as possible.
It’s important to remember that hairdressing is a creative industry, and if you can get creative with your application you will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you’re someone worth investing in. Some cool ideas for making your work standout include creating some YouTube videos of you at work, making your own Instagram page or even building your own website to act as an online portfolio of your best work. You don’t need fancy equipment to make your work look amazing, take a look at top tips for taking better iPhone photos to help you make the most of the tools you’ve already got at your disposal.
3. Nail the interview
Showing up prepared and ready
Depending on the job you’re applying for, you could be given a task to complete as part of your interview. Find out in advance if you need to prepare anything – failing to prepare is preparing to fail after all. Make sure you turn up with all of the equipment you’ll need as excuses aren’t going to cut it (excuse the pun!). Always take a portfolio of your best work with you for them to have a look at too.
Looks are important
The beauty industry is one area where looks really can make a difference. A hairdresser who turns up looking unkempt and unprofessional isn’t going to make the best impression on a potential employer. Try to dress in line with the salon you want to work for – aim for a professional but fashionable look but be true to your personality too. First impressions can go a long way in the beauty industry so make sure you give it some thought.
The best way to gain confidence in interviewing is to practice. Practice with a friend or family member who can ask you the typical questions you’ll be asked at interview. You’ll find some great questions to help you prepare here. Write up some answers and begin rehearsing them; that way when a similar question is asked of you, you’ll already have thought of some examples to give.
Show that you’re passionate about the salon
Researching the salon you’re applying for is a good way to demonstrate your passion and commitment to them and makes you a desirable employee. Take a look at some of their work through their website or social pages and ask them questions. It doesn’t hurt to ask them about the vision for the salon as well as their top achievements. Shifting the conversation towards them for a little bit will also help to relax you. Don’t get into anything too personal or deep – simply demonstrate that you have an interest in the work that they do and show why you want to work for them.
You can get more great information on the hairdresser job search on our blog. Make sure you register on the Salon Talent hairdresser job search page to receive details of the latest opportunities to help you land your next salon job.