Starting Your Career

How to Ace Your Salon Job Interview

Here are some pieces of advice on how to put together your portfolio, what to say during your interview, what to bring and what to wear, plus where to look for salon jobs.

Where to Look

1. Surf the web for online classifieds. Some great sites to start your search include:
> (scroll down to classified ads, then employment classifieds)
> (go to your city’s page, then navigate to jobs — salon/spa/fitness)
2. Check with your school to see if it offers job-placement assistance.
3. Ask distributors, teachers, product educators, and established nail techs if they know of salons hiring new techs.
4. Look for salons where you’d like to work and approach the owner to find out whether the salon is hiring.
5. Go to trade shows, networking events, job fairs, and other industry events armed with resumes and your portfolio.

How You'll Know If It's a Good Fit

Think about the advantages and disadvantages of different salon work environments.

  Advantages Disadvantages
Nails-Only Other nail techs to learn from; coworkers who share your passion for nails; coworkers to handle clients when you're sick or out No stylists or estheticians to get referrals from
Full-Service Stylists and estheticians to get referrals from; other clients to draw from No one to network with or ask questions; nails might not be a priority
Spa Usually charge higher prices; quiet, spa-like atmosphere; more coworkers to get referrals from Most spas don't offer nail enhancements; nails might not be a priority

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