Nails Magazine

MAR 2013

Magazine for the professional nail industry.

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even if you have been in the industry for years and move to a new salon. You have to earn your respect; it isn't just handed to you. You have to show the owner and clients that you can be trusted and are willing to stick it out to do what you love. This is sometimes the hardest thing for people in our industry to do; stick out the hard times. When things look dark, there will be a light that will guide you through and show you that all of your hard work was worth every ounce of energy you put into it. 4 Create a portfolio of your work and certificates to show prospective employers. Create an album to show off your talent. You can do this with your smartphone or your Facebook page. Have it to show employers when you meet them. When you take any classes take a picture of your certificates and post them for everyone to see. Have them ready to show off; this will tell the salon owner/manager that you care enough to want to show off your work and accomplishments. She will be impressed — and using them on Facebook will show your friends and prospective clients that you are serious about your career choice. Your prospective employers will be checking out your Facebook page to see what kind of person you are and if you promote yourself to your audience. 98 | NAILS MAGAZINE | 5 Continue your education. Take classes to improve your knowledge. Go to tradeshows to see industry updates on new trends and fashion. Take pictures of yourself at the events to show off. Shows have great classes to improve the working knowledge of your craft. Take advantage of the free classes that shows provide. If you are in a state that requires continuing education, take the classes and use the information to become more familiar with your industry. Ask questions when taking classes; the educators love questions. We love to see people who are so happy to be learning and wanting to soak up knowledge. Never stop learning. Once you stop, then you will stop growing as a professional. Education is one of the great keys to our industry. Educate yourself and everyone around you — especially your clients. When you have found the salon where you are going to work, educate your clients on what you are doing, using, and why you are doing it this way. Your clients will become educated on correct methods and will tell their friends. Your salon owner will be impressed you have taken the extra step to explain the correct way to do your clients' nails. Amy Davis is founder/CEO of the Nails, Esthetics, Massage & Cosmetology Employment Agency ( She can be reached at or (803) 571-5882. MARCH 2013

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