5 Tips for Beauty School Graduates Looking for Work

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The beauty industry can be a great place for you to build a career, but no matter what career prospects are ahead of you, finding your first-ever job straight out of cosmetology school is still quite a nerve-wracking idea. A cosmetology program can provide you with as much knowledge as possible, but a student salon isn’t identical to working with real clients as a licensed cosmetologist. Here are five tips that you can use as a graduate looking for work.

1. Try local

The community where your school is located is the best place for you to try and start your future career. Salons and hair styling locations in this area are often going to be both looking for new talent and possibly already aware of the school you’re graduating from. If you have success in cosmetology school, these local components of the cosmetology industry may be more willing to help you jumpstart your cosmetology career.

2. Select a specialty

It can be possible to be a very broad-reaching beauty professional with skills in all sorts of areas. However, when you’re just starting your career in cosmetology, it’s probably best if you present yourself as an expert in something slightly more precise. This can help you narrow down job opportunities and show off the practical skills that you’re actually the best at. If you went through a makeup artist program, for example, you could focus on bridal makeup; if you made it through a cosmetology program, you could focus on hair coloring.

3. Coordinate with and talk to your school

Absolutely don’t ignore the benefits that your school can give you when it comes to finding a job after you graduate. Your school has valuable connections that can give you a solid foundation for your eventual successful career. Beauty schools like Evergreen Beauty College often have their own job placement services office, which can help you learn what to expect from the current job market and give you steps toward a rewarding career.

4. Invest time into your resume

A resume is important for anyone looking for a job, and that includes those in the beauty industry. Yes, you’ve taken your licensing exam, you have hands-on experience, and you may even have a strong network of industry connections, but during the application process, your resume is the only way people know these things about you. Invest some time into your resume, showing off skills like effective time management, any experience you’ve gotten during your school life, and entry into professional organizations. You’ll see the results surprisingly quickly.

5. Take more advanced classes

Basic practical experience is more than enough to land you a job in many cases, but if you want to be a standout even among other licensed professionals, you may be interested in taking even more classes. Adding some continuing education courses can help you show off your knowledge of the beauty field more effectively, leading to a long-lasting beauty career. Plus, these programs can often help you build your beauty portfolio, giving you even more options for your resume.

Start your journey toward becoming a beauty school graduate

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If you’re interested in starting a beauty program to achieve your beauty dreams, you’re in the right place. Evergreen Beauty College is a great starting point for all of your beauty education goals. Schedule a tour today to start learning about how Evergreen Beauty College can help you attain the beauty school education of your dreams.

FAQs: 5 Tips for Beauty School Graduates

Do I need a high school diploma to enroll in beauty school?

You will generally need either a high school diploma or a GED to enroll in beauty school. If you don’t have either your diploma or a GED, you may be able to talk to the admissions experts at your school, who can help you go through the process of receiving your GED to start learning.

How do I know if I’m ready to enroll in beauty school?

There are many beauty lovers out there who have thought about going on their own beauty school journey, but who are worried about the possibility that they’re “just not ready.” The truth of the matter is, as long as you have some kind of drive to be in beauty school, you’re probably ready. It will take some hard work and dedication, but you don’t need any prerequisite knowledge to enroll in beauty school.

What do I need to do to graduate beauty school?

Graduation requirements will vary depending on the state you live in, the program you’re part of, and the school you’re attending. Generally, you’ll need to go through a certain number of hours of instruction, then a certain number of hours of hands-on experience. You’ll then need to pass a licensing exam to receive your license, allowing you to practice your chosen specialty freely. Make sure you check your specific graduation requirements, so you know what’s required before you start learning.

Author
Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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