For the past 16 years, Alisha Rimando Botero has been one of our industry’s top educators. In her first two years, Alisha taught classes in more than 100 beauty schools and vocational techs across the United States. As she expanded internationally, her focus turned to Asia, where she dedicated eight years implementing artistic training programs and marketing strategies that resulted in the opening of more than 100 nail salons and seven schools in Japan.
On the competition circuit, Alisha ranked on the NAILS Top 25 list for many years and earned a World Champion title in Austria in 2005. She’s worked for several well-known professional nail companies and was one of the founding partners of Entity Beauty, helping to develop the company’s nail enhancement products, skin care, polish collections, and natural nail treatments.
She’s no stranger to photo shoots, celebrity work, and fashion shows, and last year she became a published author, working on Milady’s Standard Nail Technology Workbook 6th Edition and Milady’s Standard Nail Technology and Standard Cosmetology 2010 textbooks.
As you can see she’s already had quite a career. And her current position as national training director for nail services at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Holdings has her on the hunt for nail technicians. When I bumped into her at the Orlando show back in June she told me business was so good that they were looking to hire between five and 10 new nail technicians at practically every location. I thought it would be interesting to find out a little more in case any of you are looking for new jobs.
Hannah: It’s been a while since we’ve heard from you. What are you doing now?
Alisha: I’m the national training director of nail services at Red Door Spa Holdings and I’ve been here for almost two years. Our executive offices are based in Stamford, Conn., and I live in Long Island, New York.
Hannah: What are some of your responsibilities at Red Door?
Alisha: I help to create the nail protocols and services for all 32 Red Door Spas. I also create brand standards for the nail division and research and develop new technologies and products for our services and retail offerings. Part of my job also includes creating the training programs to teach Red Door trainers and technicians all of the protocols and standards we’ve developed. Lastly, I help assist in recruiting trainers and technicians for all of the locations.
Hannah: How many locations do you oversee? How many nail techs?
Alisha: Red Door has 32 locations (located in New York, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, California, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and New Jersey). In all that’s about 260 nail technicians.
Hannah: What’s your biggest obstacle?
Alisha: Our biggest obstacle right now with the amazing growth of the nail department is finding passionate nail technicians. We need nail technicians with a love for their industry and the dedication to learning five-star services the Red Door way.
Hannah: What are you looking for in a potential nail tech?
Alisha: Red Door Spas is currently accepting resumes for highly qualified and talented full-time nail technicians. You’ll be responsible for providing a high standard of nail services, including manicures, pedicures, nail tips, extensions, acrylics, wraps and other treatments, accurately and thoroughly, in accordance with established procedures. The ideal candidate is outgoing, self-motivated, and enthusiastic with a professional appearance and a passion for delivering exceptional guest and technical service. Applicants must possess a valid state license, two to three years industry experience and the desire for continuing education along with the ability to work well in a team environment.
Hannah: What are your goals for the coming year?
Alisha: We just added autoclaves to every location and are introducing some amazing new seasonal services this fall. I am also working on a “medical pedicure” to help solve the concerns for our guests with problem feet. With the changes in protocol and service we have increased our guest retention — keeping our technicians’ schedules packed! With this growth every location of Red Door is focused on recruiting and training.
Hannah: If someone is reading this and wants to find out more about employment at Red Door Spas, what should they do?
Alisha: Anyone interested in more information about our nail tech positions can e-mail his or her resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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