Why Are You Still Not Working as a Hairdresser? 5 Mistakes You Could Be Making

Working as a Hair Dresser

Are you actively trying to land one of the many lucrative hairdresser jobs, just waiting to be filled? In the event you’re not having any luck, there’s no reason to give up the search. By avoiding these common job search mistakes, you’ll have a much better chance of finding employment you’ll enjoy.

Mistake #1:  Acting Too “Avant Garde” at the Interview

You may be eager to show off your unique style, but be careful not to take it too far. Salons are going to want to hire stylists who can recreate popular styles as well as create new, imaginative ones. Trying to be too unique at the interview gives the impression that you are less focused on more “standard” styles.

Mistake #2:  Acting Like You Don’t Deserve the Job

Confidence goes a long way. Projecting a positive and optimistic attitude is a big step in impressing potential employers. If you don’t believe that you can excel in the field, how do you expect your employer to have any confidence in you? Prove to the interviewer that you are an excellent candidate.

Forbes Magazine recently wrote that, “research shows that, on average, interviewers reach final decisions about applicants in only four minutes after meeting them.

“In this time there is little more to evaluate than how you look and speak, how you carry yourself, and how you greeted the interviewer, all clear clues of your level of self-confidence.”

Mistake #3:  Creating a One-Dimensional Portfolio

Your portfolio is your first chance to display your skills to potential employers. It should include your finest work and areas of expertise, In addition, make sure you include styles that aren’t your specialty. You want your employer to see all that you are capable of. When your portfolio reflects a wide range of skills, it gives you an edge over other applicants.

Mistake #4:  Neglecting to Send Thank You Notes

A card or thank-you note makes a big impression. Improving your chances of landing the job could be as easy as thanking the business for their time. Being courteous during and after the interview also shows that you can be courteous with clients.

“In your thank-you note, you can answer questions your interviewer asked that you think you didn’t address adequately, make a personal connection with the interviewer, and more,” wrote Brittney Helmrich, from Business News Daily.

Mistake #5:  Being Under-Educated

There’s a lot of competition over hairdresser jobs, and your level of education could keep you from rising to the top. Apply for jobs that are in line with your experience. If you can’t find one that’s right for you, you may want to consider furthering your education.

Where To Get a Strong Education as a Hairdresser

When it comes to being the most qualified for a hairdressing position, the more educated you are, the more appealing you’ll be to an employer.  When it comes to top-notch education, Evergreen Beauty College provides nationally accredited courses for all types of aspiring beauty technicians.  We aim to help our students not only learn the skills to land a job, but also business training and professional development to lead a successful career in the industry.

Learn more about our cosmetology program, and either schedule a tour or apply online to begin your journey towards working professionally as a hairdresser!


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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