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Beauty Related Jobs/Volunteer Work?


I'm looking for a Summer job as school as out, or even volunteer work.
Washing hair in a salon, etc., something basic that doesn't require formal training.
Any ideas? I live in NJ (in the US)  if that matters.
Please & thank you! x
Jul 05, 2012 @ 05:03 pm

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call it an "internship" when you're asking for a position

If you need the money, you'll want to go the conventional route and apply as you usually would.

However, if you can afford to work for little or no pay, approaching businesses to ask about an internship is a good move. Not only does it make it clear off the hop that this will be a temporary arrangement, but it shows that you have an interest in the industry which is more than simply collecting a paycheck.

I used to work at an office as a receptionist and accepted many resumes in my time there. My boss instructed me to toss any resume that stated the objective "to make money over the summer" or "to pay my bills", etc straight into the trash.

Companies want to hear 1 of 2 things: "I'm very interested in exploring a career path in the ___ industry" or "I am interested in your company specifically because ___". This shows them you are invested in their industry and in your future - both attributes of a focused candidate.

So if you are interested in the beauty industry, look for jobs at your local salons (hair, nail, spas, etc) and beauty stores (Ulta, Sephora, etc) and know before you go in to ask about a job what your reason for choosing them as a potential employer is.

Good luck!
Jul 05, 2012 @ 05:26 pm


I did this before when i started out as a make up artist. To get experience I sent out my resume to beauty salons, photography studios and bridals stores etc. to offer my services free. I was able to get a few gigs and a few that actually paid but I had formal training.

The challenge is that you probably won't be able to do any "hands on" with the customers if you don't have any formal training. Keep in mind that these are paying customers that people don't want to upset if you're skill level is not comparable to professionals. Perhaps spend the summer taking a course in the field that you want first. Most schools offer practicums as part of their syllabus.
Jul 12, 2012 @ 03:42 pm

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