If you are on the cusp of graduating from cosmetology school, you have probably put in a lot of time and effort. You have learned many skills related to hair and makeup and you are ready to get your first job. However, you might not know where to begin. Here are some tips for getting a job so that, when you graduate, you can jump right into the workforce.
1. Use Your Cosmetology School's Alumni Network
There's a good chance that your beauty salon has had graduates who have been successful and created their own companies. These alumni will likely be grateful to the school for providing them with the skills and training that they needed to succeed and make their dreams come true. As a result, alumni will often want to hire fellow graduates from the cosmetology school in order to ensure that they are going to be productive, successful employees. Either contact the alumni office at your cosmetology school or reach out online to the alumni page of your school's website. There are likely going to be several alumni in your locality that will either be looking to hire you or will be willing to help you find other employers in the area.
2. Go to Prominent Training Schools for Specialty Classes
Another way to get your name out into the local cosmetology scene is to go to well-known training schools that offer additional lessons in special cutting techniques or other topics that might not be covered in your normal round of classes during cosmetology school. This has two advantages. The first advantage is that prospective employers will be able to see that you are willing to take initiative and are going to go above and beyond to learn more about your craft. A second advantage is that you will be able to forge connections with both the people who are teaching the lessons and your fellow students. This sets you up with contacts that will be able to help you find a job.
3. See If Your School Has Placement Services
Check in with your school's career office to see if they have placement services that can help you find your first job and get you situated based on your current skill level before you even graduate. You might even be able to work part time during your final semester.
For more information, talk to your cosmetology school.