It can be all too easy to delay a post-grad strategy when you’re wrapped up in perm rods and sanitation practices. But postponing your action plan could set you behind your classmates who have prioritized their next steps.
This issue of FIRST CHAIR is designed to help you set the stage for your next chapter: Starting your career. It begins on page 14—learn the rules to navigating social media to catch the attention of potential employers. In Tips from the Top, hear from industry leaders on topics ranging from being the best assistant, scouting out salons, planning your beauty show strategy for the best networking experience, and the magic that happens when you become both skilled and creative. Learn the value in experiencing a professional photoshoot and how challenging yourself through industry competitions can lead to publicity, platform work and another outlet for your creativity. In First Business, on page 36, see how $5 add-ons can equal a big return—a $5,000 yearly increase if you play your cards right. And before your days in school come to an end, start building your professional portfolio and drafting a strong resume. Though your experience is likely limited at this point in your career, see how to use your training and experience from cosmetology school to show your commitment and professionalism with tips from Jim Yates, founder of Nuts & Bolts training company.
But as you look around the student salon floor with the bittersweet prospect of saying your goodbyes, remember that it’s easier, and more important, than ever to stay in touch with classmates AND the world of professional beauty. Be sure to join the 500,000 beauty pros who follow MODERN SALON on Facebook and @modernsalon on Instagram. It’s an easy way to stay connected, and could even be your first opportunity to get your work published.