Nails Magazine

MAR 2013

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BUSINESS} Five Ways to Impress a Prospective Employer You know you're good, but how is that potential new employer going to know it? Dress nicely, speak clearly, and demonstrate your passion for your industry and you'll be sure to stand out. BY AMY DAVIS Most of it is common sense and all of it is manageable. As founder of the Nails, Esthetics, Massage & Cosmetology Employment Agency (NEMCEA), I offer these tips for getting that job locked up. Be on time. No one likes late people. We know it happens sometimes, but when you are late from the start, you tell your prospective employer you have no regard for her time and you will have no regard for her clients' time. 1 2 Dress to impress and be on time every time. This is the beauty industry. You should look beautiful when you walk in to have your first interview. Your clothes should be clean and wrinkle-free. Your personal style should be reflected in your clothing, but be conservative on your first visit — especially if you are bold and daring. Business attire is best, like black pants and a nice shirt with matching shoes. (I have to make sure my purse matches too…but that's me.) Your hair should be styled appropriately and makeup should be worn. Of course those nails should be picture perfect. No one will hire a nail tech who doesn't have her own nails well-manicured. Here are some major don'ts: > Don't wear shorts, even if you see others doing it. > Don't show off too much cleavage. > Don't show off your belly. > Don't wear pants that are going to ride your hips and play peak-a-boo with your underclothes. > Don't wear tank tops; you're not applying for a lifeguard position. > Don't chew gum when speaking to the owner or manager during your interview. 96 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2013 Speak clearly and with knowledge. When speaking to someone on the phone or in person, SMILE. You should be happy when looking for the right salon to work in. If you are not happy, how can you make clients happy? When you are asked questions, answer them to the best of your own knowledge. If you don't know the answer, don't be afraid to say so and be willing to find out. Speak clearly and don't mumble. Confidence can be heard in your voice. Remember you have the knowledge and now you are looking for the salon or spa that is willing to help you gain experience, clients, and a great reputation. 3 Be willing to work. There are some nail techs who think that working a few days a week is going to work for them. Well if you are new to this industry, let me give you a few words of advice. Being at the salon every day that it is open will start to show clients you are dependable. It also says to the owner you are willing to put in your time, just like she did in the beginning of her career. We all have to start at the bottom, >>>

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