Is a Career in Beauty for You?

Since the 2007 economic recession, times have changed in the United States. Finding and keeping jobs has become more competitive than ever before. Some jobs that seemed stable and secure suddenly weren’t anymore. This was both frightening but also interesting. It allowed people to reconsider their career paths. Many questioned, “What do I really want to do?”
If you’ve thought about a career in beauty, you are already on a good path. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the service beauty industry is projected to grow 14% from 2010 to 2020. That means there will be a lot of demand for people with this skill set. There are more job openings and less aggressive competition.
Do You Have What it Takes?
Being in the beauty service industry takes a certain personality type. You should honestly self-asses to see if you have what it takes.
You Like People
All day long you will directly deal with people. It’s important that you have a personality that gets energized from interaction with others.
You Like Making People Look Good
You get a kick out of going shopping with friends and helping them pick out makeup. You love to give makeovers. You like painting your mom’s nails. Or you already cut your dad’s hair. Making people look good makes you feel good as well. You feel as if you’ve helped someone, that you’ve boosted their confidence.
You’re Open
A personality that is open to others will be appealing to future clients. They need to feel at ease around you immediately. They need to feel like they can trust you to do the job well and make them feel that they got their money’s worth. An open personality will also help your clients to relax when you are working with them, which is a major part of why they get the beauty service done.
You’re a Good Listener
As a beauty specialist, you won’t just be doing your job and then be done with the client. A lot of customers confess things to their manicurist or hairdressers that they wouldn’t tell their closest friends or family. That’s not to say that they confess horrible secrets, they just feel comfortable telling someone who is outside of their inner circle something personal. Maybe a pregnant client has agreed with her husband not to tell friends and family the future baby’s name, but she is just bursting to tell someone and that someone is you!
Clients need to feel heard by their beauty specialists. It’s good to start out chatting with them for a few minutes, but then be quiet and start listening. To learn about good listening skills, see the blog post “How to Be a Good Listener.”

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