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ing nch in Beauty u aCareer La WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE NEW AND SEASONED BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF While my clients' color is processing, I offer them a scrub and hand massage. This relaxes them and provides them with a treat they don't receive at other salons. xperience is a great teacher, but it is also something that is naturally in short supply for new beauty school graduates. BeautyLink asked recent graduates as well as some industry veterans what advice they would offer to students as they prepare to leave school behind and begin their career journey. for you. There is a salon for everyone. Look for a salon that will allow you to focus on the kind of work you want to do and a team that will allow you to develop and grow. -Will Turpin, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, 2012 Advice from Recent Beauty School Grads Specialize through certifications. As a former epidemiology nurse who worked 20 years in a hospital setting, I appreciate how certifications can differentiate a professional. I've become certified in ethnic skincare so th at I can help individuals here in the Southwest with unique skin concerns. I've also earned certification in oncology esthetics. Finally, I've learned to partner with other specialists. I just opened a small practice, The Pampered Skin Studio, in an osteopath's office. -Suzanne Pear, Pure Esthetics, 2013 E Keep your overhead low. If you dream of starting your own business, it's important to start small. I chose to begin my esthetics practice by offering waxing services. Waxing is a low-cost way to establish a business. The capital investment required is much less due to limited equipment needs. As my business grows, I'd like to incorporate facials and other esthetic services. -Patricia Dewey, Pure Esthetics, 2013 Differentiate with customer service. While my clients' color is processing, I offer them a scrub and hand massage. This relaxes and provides them with a treat they don't receive at other salons. Also, many of the color companies have especially strong education programs so find a company that will support you with color education once you leave the classroom. -Rita Christian, I.T.S. Academy of Beauty, 2006 Choose the right position. Interview at as many salons as possible and choose one with a culture that feels right Learn More Take care of yourself. Be well rested and don't get overwhelmed by the fast pace. Speed will always come after accuracy. Always cultivate your client relationships. If you don't have a great memory, keep a notebook with information about your clients. Jot down their hobbies, where they're going on vacation and their kids' activities. -Libby Wyatt, Aveda Fredric's Institute, 2010 Advice from Beauty Industry Veterans Use your business as a platform. Having a business gives me a platform to give back to my community. I find it is important to support organizations that can provide the resources people need to improve their lives. -George Gonzalez, owner of George the Salon, Chicago Step into the landscape where your client lives. It is the hairstylist's responsibility to help the client's hair reflect her personality and her lifestyle. A stylist should always be adapting to the client's need over time...or the client will end up going elsewhere. -Vivienne Mackinder, author, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Don't dismiss previous jobs as irrelevant when looking for a first job. People looking to get a job with my company often don't include some of their work history because they think it's irrelevant. But a job in a department store says that an individual can deliver customer service, and a job in fast food shows me that an individual can work a cash register. At the end of the day, we're looking for potential, not perfection. Most importantly, never, ever lie in an interview. I can find out that an internship at Vogue is a fib with a 10-minute phone call. -Ulrike Bege, Kryolan The courses ED207 - Outside the Classroom: Experiential Learning and ED121 - Creating Services Learning Opportunities for Career College Students are available on the AACS Online Training Center at www.aacstraining. org. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URLs to learn more about these courses: and B E AUT YL I NK | P RE P - A - RA - T I O N | 2 0 1 4 | 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 1

Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
An Audit-Ready Mentality
Launching a Career in Beauty
Your Fire: Your Purpose
Beauty Changes Lives
Good for Them and Good for Your School
Superstar Graduate
Stopping the Taboo Mentality
Skin Care Council
Planning Your Financial Future in 2014
A Student’s Perspective
What They Want
2013 AACS Annual Convention In Review
People & Places
Associate Member Profiles: Accountants
Upcoming 2014 Events
New School Members
Index to Advertisers

BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 1