Tips for Getting the Best Aesthetic Therapist Jobs
Any career direction you take within the Beauty industry, a course is a great way to get started. From entry-level training to specialised credentials, there are courses available to certify you are equipped with the essential core skills to take those fundamental first steps in your chosen professional pathway.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Most candidates follow a certain career pathway and start with gaining the following qualifications:
BEAUTY THERAPISTS - There are several different types of Beauty Therapy qualifications at variable levels of training within colleges and offer qualifications such as City & Guilds, NVQs, diplomas, apprenticeships and foundation degrees. These qualifications focus on the theoretical and practical delivery of a range of beauty treatments.
MEDICAL AESTHETICIANS - With extra training, beauty therapists can become qualified in more highly developed and complex techniques in facial and body aesthetics which include skin peels and IPL/ lasers treatments. Course Content for privately opted courses usually include anatomy & physiology, the principle, administration and practice of treatment.
Skills and Experience
Once you have obtained the relevant qualifications, you will find that you have increased your professional status and have placed yourself at the forefront of most, if not all employment opportunities within the Beauty/Aesthetics industry.
As well as having the core knowledge and skill, it is important that experience is gained within a reputable organisation. You may have the qualifications but do you have commercial/sales experience in order to be successful in your chosen career path? Remember the more viable know-how and success you have, the more appealing you are to an employer.
It’s worth noting that excellent communication skills, working within a team, using your Initiative, being flexible and adaptable, having Interpersonal skills and being organised are some of the most important skills and qualities any employer will look for in you as a candidate.
In today’s career market it’s essential to seek as many different career opportunities as possible to land the job you want.
Online employment websites are a great resource to seek opportunities and many online agencies offer features that allow you to create, upload and apply for positions. Theses websites can also help to identify jobs based upon your professional set skills, geographic locality and salary.
Opportunities are more often posted through social media channels these days too, so it’s no wonder that more and more people are researching companies and placing themselves at the forefront of employer and recruitment awareness by being present on social media. Social media is a great way to present your profile, portfolio and worth to any new employer. Be sure to always present yourself in the right light.
Keywords that are used in your profile are vital to recruiters discovering you. If you want to help yourself, optimising keywords are essential on your online profile as recruiters use many variable methods of search to locate possible applicants/candidates.
In addition, you could also take the initiative and network with associated industry experts. Seek those who can help you to develop and progress further; ask them to guide you and mentor your career. Remember, every opportunity counts.
Knowing which area of the beauty/aesthetic sector best suits you
To fulfil your career aspirations it is important to work for the right company. Choosing the right company to associate your skills with can enhance your career pathway and job satisfaction. You must decide whether you, your skills and your experience are best suited to working for a small organisation or a larger chain.
You could find work in spa therapy centres, hotels, beauty salons, health clinics, cosmetic surgery groups or on cruise liners.
Once you have decided the direction of employment and position you want, begin by sending off speculative/cover letters for any vacancies that interest you, with a CV enclosed. Give details of your current experience, skills and knowledge and provide specifics as to why you consider yourself to be an asset as an employee.
Your CV and Interview
Essential things to include on your CV
It is really important to update and declutter your CV. Most employers have less than a 5 second attention span, whilst looking for candidates before moving onto the next CV.
Stick to a generic framework that includes details of the following:
- Personal details
- Personal/Opening statement
- Work experience (with most recent first)
- Other Achievements/skills/Interests
- References (contacts or state you can provide details upon request)
It is important to tailor your CV to the specific job role that you are applying for. You should include your current set skill and experience. Start with an opening/personal statement (keep it brief but to the point), explaining who you are and what you do. This is an opportunity to gain the interest of the employer.
Make sure that you put down your experience in relevance to the most recent. Try and include bullet points to list your skills and achievements.
Don’t forget to use the correct buzz words when putting together your resume; employers always pick up on language. Try and use language that refers to your ability, for example, I “organised and participated” within a clinic/salon event, which “demonstrated” the latest treatments on offer.
When listing your interests, be careful not to use retail therapy and socialising, this only makes the employer think that you will constantly be on your Facebook/Twitter account or shopping online during working hours! However, declaring your commitment to running the 10k for a worthy organisation demonstrates core life skills.
N.B. Always proof read your CV before forwarding on to any potential employers; spelling and grammar are essential when applying for a job.
CVs should be 2 sides only, so whittle down anything that isn’t significant.
Receiving an interview from a potential employer is an opportunity to impress; you must be sure to assert your enthusiasm and provide well thought out reasons as to why you want to work for the company.
Your career development depends mostly on how you answer job interview questions. The ideal candidate for the job will anticipate different kinds of commonly asked questions and be able to deal with them effectively with appropriately measured answers.
Questions to Ask
During the course of the interview most things will be covered in regards to the current position available; however, you should always be prepared with a few questions of your own. Questions may include:
- Why has the position become available?
- Are there any opportunities for promotion within the Salon/Clinic in the future?
- What can I expect in regards to further “on the job” training and/or other new “external” qualifications?
Therapists must have the confidence and initiative to progress further by aiming to continue their professional development to add to their set skills.
Upon gaining employment, continued ongoing training and support is often given by Clinic/Salon Managers and industry reps. Annual training updates and developments should cover risk assessments, safety awareness, infection control, customer care, moving and handling and First Aid.