Don’t panic! You’re awesome, and you’ve got this!
Congratulations and welcome to the sensational circle of estheticians. You have chosen a life path that is not only personally rewarding but can be very lucrative if you plan effectively. You will build amazing relationships, lasting friendships, and even experience clients becoming like extended family.
Picking the Perfect Career For You
While there are more career options today, even the smartest esthetician can feel overwhelmed by the many job choices. You may want to take some time to understand yourself and your preferences before jumping into the first job opportunity. Knowing what invigorates you in the field will help you find the right job and avoid the headache of job-hopping. That can be particularly dangerous in our field since success is based on establishing and developing a portfolio of recurring clients.
Are you best suited for a salon-spa, med-spa, wellness center, destination resort, or cruise ship, to name a few? Typically, job possibilities come from people you know that can personally vouch for you, so start asking around in your close circle. You may be pleasantly surprised who has connections! It is easy to network on the internet in the business world today. LinkedIn and other social media platforms are excellent resources, along with online career boards, such as Indeed and Monster.
Thinking About Becoming a Solo Esthetician?
While a high amount (70%) of estheticians work independently, I don’t recommend opening a private practice right away, unless you have a solid business plan. Several estheticians work in a spa setting, which allows you to get your feet wet, and cross-market with other service providers to build a clientele.
Many post-graduate estheticians say they don’t want to wax, or they only want to deliver facials. This can be tricky, as you want to prove that you are fully marketable to a future employer. You want to affirm that you are a valuable asset, so try not to limit your esthetic skills initially, for you can always find your niche later if you choose to do so.
You may run into the challenge when a potential employer requires experience. Don’t be discouraged! A smart owner will recognize an ambitious individual willing to do whatever it takes. There are creative ways to get your foot in the door of your dream job if you encounter this obstacle. There is the possibility to intern, volunteer, or even hold a temp position, just to give you a few examples.
How to Interview For an Esthetician Job
If you’re feeling a bit nervous prior to any interview, I recommend doing these two exercises to boost confidence. Right before you walk in the door of your future employer, smile at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes. Talk to yourself, “I’ve got this job! I believe in myself”! Next, strike the victory pose for a few minutes. You know the pose where the athlete just crosses the finish line and throws his or her arms up in the air, or your favorite team scores a point and you throw your arms up in the air? This particular body pose improves self-confidence tremendously. It may sound silly, but there is actual scientific data on this power pose from a study at the Harvard Business School.
The esthetician who has that burning desire to land the job…will! One of my favorite quotes from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” You’ve acquired a couple of tools to boost confidence, so walk into your interview with unwavering eagerness and determination. Be yourself because there is no one else like you! Express yourself clearly and positively with good eye contact. Interviews go both ways, so don’t be afraid to ask what you’re looking for in the position as well.
Traits Interviewers Look For
Be sure to have proper body language which establishes trust and rapport, so your future employer will be more confident in hiring you. Be creative and jump on opportunities during your conversation. I knew an esthetician who sold a product during her interview, while the manager was on the phone. This girl was quick on her feet! The manager was so impressed that she offered the girl the position. Be ready and willing!
Here are the top 10 traits and characteristics I looked for during the interview process as a previous spa owner. Many employers look for these common attributes since they are a sign of a successful person. Learn where your own strengths and weaknesses sit and take notice of where you can improve.
- Appearance and clothing
- Effective Communication skills
- Body language; confidence level
- Knowledge and skills
- Cultural fit with my existing team
- Sales; able to upgrade treatments and offer retail
- Handling a disgruntled guest; what would you do?
- Leadership qualities; decision-making.
- Ambitious and enthusiastic; be a self-starter.
This was paramount to me as an employer. Sometimes I would ask: “Give me some examples of how you would promote yourself?”
Get Ready to Love Your Job
You are about to embark upon an incredible journey but keep this in mind; whichever job setting you are drawn to, you still need to promote yourself and work hard at building a clientele. You ultimately work for yourself and should never rely solely on an employer to feed you, clients. Become a networking fanatic! When a client returns to you for repeat business it is the most gratifying feeling!
Remain open and never stop learning in all aspects of your career, from new technologies, products, and business development courses.
I am so excited about your future! Enjoy the journey and live passionately!