What are Hairdressing Employers Looking for in an Employee?

I see many potential employees turning up for their interview with a beautiful array of qualifications, displayed in various ways.

What Employers Want Most

The fact is, I want to know about the person behind the qualifications, what drives them to get up in the morning, what they do on their day off or weekend. These insights to what a person is really like will help me as an Employer, understand how ambitious or motivated they are to finish their training.

If you can portray how serious you are about not only learning hairdressing skills but perfecting them, these are some of the terms I want to hear from potential employees.

The only thing or the main thing that has driven my hairdressing career is to be the best I possibly can within my field of expertise. Hairdressing is a great career because as soon as you think you have perfected one aspect of hairdressing you can move on to another part of hairdressing.

Becoming not just a good all rounder but an expert in all the fields of hairdressing can take a lifetime, but if you have the yearning to do that, I can't recommend a better profession.

The absolute passion I have for hairdressing is the same if not greater now than when I first set off at sixteen. Hairdressing has given me a life I could only have dreamed of when I was at school. It has not only given me the financial rewards of hard work but a social standing within my community and a respect from my professional peers.

I recently interviewed a young girl for a vacancy, and when asked about her ambitions, she said that she would like her own salon. I don't know if she understood the amount of work that it takes to open a salon, but, I remember replying to that same question in an interview with a large hairdressing company. My answer was, I wanted to be the best hairdresser that ever lived. They were a bit bowled over but I got the job.

It is easy to lose focus when running a salon, but the only thing we really sell as hairdressers is not what the latest offer is in the salon, 10% off perms or colours, but it is the quality of service, how good are the cuts, colours and other services you provide, set you apart from the rest. Set your own standards and reappraise them, keeping them as high as possible.

Whatever helps motivate you, get some, whether it is additional training or going to shows and competitions. Sometimes being the best you can is used as a flippant remark, but if you can be the very best you can, in hairdressing the rewards will come to you.

If you are interested in training or refresher courses check out www.hairdresser-training.com

About the author

John Mcloughlin (johnmc1230@mac.com) is a hairdresser and educator with over 30 years experience in the hairdressing industry. A college lecturer at 2 colleges and a salon owner, John has a great understanding of the best ways to teach up and coming hairdressers.


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