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Digital Student Portfolios at Bloom.com

Bloom.com offers digital portfolios and resumes for beauty school students and beauty schools via its Premium School Program.

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Help Students Create Impressive Resumes Fresh Out of School

Don’t overlook experiences in the school-affiliated salon and extracurricular activities, experts advise.

Why a Professional Portfolio Matters (And How to Create One)

Nail tech Kimberly Martin impressed interviewers with a book that showed off her skill range. Now she uses it to show clients what she can do.

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.

Picture Perfect

You don’t have to live in a fashion mecca like New York City to find opportunities to have your best nail styles featured in a professional photo shoot. Take a page from the (ever-growing) book of Joy Yavenue, who enhances her nail art print and web portfolios by partnering with area entrepreneurs.

Living the Dream

From getting initial experience and photos to selling yourself at an appointment with an agent, this is a handy how-to guide for finding an agent for freelance manicuring work.

15 Minutes of Frame

Clients of Illusions Nail Salon in Johnson City, Tenn., get an eyeful when they walk into the salon. Owners Thomasina Alexander and Wendy Allen have decorated the space with a Nail Art Wall of Fame, a framed, regularly updated assortment of 12 of their artistic creations.

Catch A Break at Modelmayhem.com

A salon owner who frequently works behind the scenes at photo shoots, Maisie Dunbar recommends modelmayhem.com — a site geared for models and photographers.

Just Like You Picture It - Tips from Techs on Photographing Nails

For many techs, taking pictures of your work allows you to create portfolios for your clients, advertise themselves on Internet sites like MySpace, or share your work with peers on forums and websites. Here are some tips from techs who have made a habit of photographing nails.

Showcasing Nail Art in Digital Frames

Digital frames can store hundreds of nail art photos, run a clear, continual slideshow of your work, and some can even organize pictures into themed albums and show video clips.