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How to Ace Your Salon Job Interview

June 7, 2011  | Article

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.

Keywords: career handbook   creating a portfolio   finding a job   hiring nail technicians   interview skills  

Resume Pointers

June 7, 2011  | Article

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.

Keywords: career handbook   finding a job   newbie  

Know Your Compensation Options

June 6, 2011  | Article

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.

Keywords: career handbook   compensation systems   newbie   taxes  

21 Tips for Passing Your State Board Exam

June 2, 2011  | Article

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.

Keywords: career handbook   exams   licensing   national licensing   newbie  

Use Technology to Your Advantage

May 20, 2011  | Article

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.

Keywords: career handbook   newbie  

Taking the State Boards

April 20, 2011  | Article

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.

Keywords: career handbook   exams   newbie   state licensing   student issues  

When I first became a tech, I was shocked to learn ______________.

March 1, 2010  | Article

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.

Keywords: building your clientele   cosmetology schools   education   finding a job   learning new techniques  

Ex-Execs Take to Salon Life

November 1, 2004  | Article

Call them corporate drop-outs or beauty drop-ins, we’d like to introduce you to four salon owners who abandoned the corporate fast track for the rewards of salon life and get their take on the industry.

Reader to Reader: How Have You Advanced Your Career?

July 1, 2002  | Article

NAILS Magazine readers share their secrets to success. 

Keywords: Reader to Reader  

Is There Still Something Wrong With Our Schools?

September 1, 2000  | Article

A few years back, we asked the question, “What’s wrong with our schools?” in an article that exposed the industry’s complaints about how we train our professionals. Eight years later; we decided to see what, if anything, had changed.

Keywords: cosmetology schools   National Cosmetology Association  

Cosmetologist Fights Misinformation

February 1, 2000  | Article

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.

 

Dear Diary...

January 1, 1998  | Article

From graduation to state board exams, from the job search to the first full set on a paying client, those first few months as a nail technician are filled with highs and lows. Two nail technicians opened their diaries to share theire experiences. 

Keywords: business building   starting your own business  

View Point: Cosmetology Schools

January 1, 1998  | Article

What is the proper role of cosmetology schools and are they fulfilling that role?

Keywords: continuing education   cosmetology schools   education  

Lab Reports

March 1, 1997  | Article

"My client’s big toenail’s side walls curve so much that they nearly meet. The middle section of the nail is sore because both ends are pinching the skin. What can I do to relieve this pressure?"

 

Keywords: dermatologists   healthy working   ingrown toenails   masks   pincer nails  

One on One Interview: A Nail Student and a Veteran Nail Tech

April 1, 1995  | Article

A nail student asks a veteran nail technician for some advice on starting out.

Keywords: business building   newbie  

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