August 15, 2011
We recently heard from Heather Smith of Nescopeck, Pa., who created 3-D acrylic sculptured nails — very impressive, especially for a newbie!
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June 7, 2011
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.
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June 7, 2011
Your resume plays a big part in how potential employers view you. Even if you’re fresh out of school with no previous work experience, you can still put together a good resume. Here we show you how to create a crisp, organized resume that’ll best highlight your skills and potential.
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June 6, 2011
Believe it or not, some techs graduate from nail school and immediately open up their own salon. Most, however, wait to get some experience first. If you’re not ready for salon ownership, you can get to work as either an employee or a booth renter. Read on to learn the differences between these types of techs.
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June 2, 2011
You’ve graduated from nail school! But before you can start working in a salon you have to pass your state board exam. Here are 21 tips to prepare you for the big day.
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May 20, 2011
Career Handbook managing editor Sree Roy shares some way new nail techs can get ahead in the nail industry by taking advantage of new technologies.
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April 20, 2011
Remember the day(s) of your state board exam? Were you scared and nervous, or cool as a cucumber? Here are some testimonials from fellow techs about that landmark day.
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March 1, 2010
Surprise! It’s often said that school does little to prepare techs for the salon environment. And it’s not only the technical challenges that may come as a surprise to the newly minted nail tech.
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February 1, 2000
When high school guidance counselors want to explore the potential behind a career—including cosmetology—they often turn to the Occupational Outlook Handbook which is produced yearly by the U.S. Department of Labor.
April 1, 1995
A nail student asks a veteran nail technician for some advice on starting out.
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