As graduation approaches it’s time to start preparing for the interviewing process. It’s time to start drafting your resume or getting your information together to aid you in completing job applications. Yes, this process can be a little overwhelming as you might think you don’t have enough past job experience to list or any skills that pertain to your future career. I’m here to tell you don’t sell yourself short!
More than likely you have skill sets that a potential new employer would value. These are called “transferable skills.” Transferable skills are the type of skills that you didn’t necessary learn while attending cosmetology school. However, these skills can transfer to the workplace. Many of these skills you have gained through other life experiences, such as past jobs, volunteering, hobbies or interests. Keep in mind even if these past experiences don’t necessary have to do with the beauty and wellness industry, they are still transferable.
For example, let’s say while in high school you worked at a restaurant. You learned customer service skills, teamwork, and communication skills. These skills are transferable to your new career in the beauty and wellness industry. Did you every play sports? If you did, this means you were part of a team. You learned the true meaning of teamwork, communication, and time management skills. Note these in your resume and, before your interview, think of specific examples when these skills came in handy. Maybe you helped get your team to the championship round or won employee of the month. If the salon or spa owner asks about your experience, you’ll have examples ready.
A great place to start to create your “transferable skills” list is to create a list of all the skill sets it will take for you to be successful in your new career.
Here are some examples:
Then identify what skills could transfer to your next job. Think outside the box! Think about past experiences: babysitting jobs, part-time jobs, any sports teams or other school teams that you participated in. No experience is too small or insignificant. Through these experiences, you have taken away invaluable skills that you can apply in your future career; make sure your future employer knows!
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Patti Wanamaker currently serves as an Academic Trainer for Milady. She is responsible for developing and delivering academic and business programs for the Cosmetology Industry. Her intimate understanding of the salon/school/beauty industry comes from 21 years of hands-on experience, includes 8 years of salon/spa ownership, co-owner and co-manager of three salon locations with an annual sales of $5 million. She has 13 years’ experience as a multi-faceted, training specialist within the industry. Her experience in all three areas of the beauty and wellness industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative trainings that are not only inspirational, but that get down to business, the business of empowering industry professionals to a new levels of success.