Practical Exam Tips Practice correct skills Participate in ?mock? exams Be familiar with exam bulletin Keep equipment clean and implements sanitary and working. Locate exam site prior to exam Listen carefully to instructions Focus on your own knowledge Follow safety and sanitation procedures at all times Assess Skills and Characteristics Personal Inventory Posture, poise Grooming, Personal hygine Manner, courtesy Communication skills Attitude Personal Habits Self Esteem, Self-Confidence Honesty, integrity Dependability Desired Characteristics Motivation Integrity Good technical and communication skills Strong work ethics Enthusiasm Technical Skills Know your weakness and strengths!! Build on both Salon Types Small independent salons Owned by individual or partners Average size has one to three chairs Owner is usually stylist Independent Chain Salon Usually ten salons or less Owned by individual or partners Range from basics to full service Range from low to high price May have specialized position in various technical skills May hire educational directors and managers for various locations Large national chains May operate within department store Corporation makes many decisions Offer secure pay and benefits Transfer opportunities may be good. Franchise Salon A fee is paid for the franchise A business plan is provided National marketing campaigns may apply Generally owned by investors Basic value-priced operations Often located in busy, low rent strip shopping centers Often depend on high volume, walk-in traffic Usually pay by the hour with some commission style bonuses Sometimes have private-label products Mid-priced full-service salons Cater to men, women, and children Offer a complete menu of services Often offer ?services and retail products High-end ?image? salons or day spas Offering pampering to clients Located in trendy, upscale sections of the city or elegant mansions Offer high level personal service and technical services Booth rental ? Own your own business within a business. Preparing for employment Prepare a resume Prepare a portfolio Target the establishment You may not begin where you ultimately want to be Don?t wait until graduation to look Locate a salon that serves the type of client you wish to serve Obtain a list of area salons Watch advertisement Field Research Make contact as a student Call and use best phone manner Ask to speak to owner/manager Convey confidence Give name and explain that you?re about to graduate from your cosmetology school State that you?re researching the local salon market Ask if they are looking for a stylist Ask if you may mane an appointment and observe Ask how many stylist they employ Confirm Appointment The salon visit Salon image Professionalism Management Client service Prices Retail In-salon marketing Services Note of thanks Arranging the interview Send cover letter and resume Follow up with a phone call Interview preparation Make list Social security number Driver?s license number Names, addresses, phone numbers of former employment Dates of former employment Name and phone number of nearest relative not living with you. Interview wardrobe Appropriate for position Well fitted and comfortable Clean and pressed Shoes clean Jewelry simple Supporting materials Resume Facts and figures Portfolio Typical interview questions What did you like best about your training Are you punctual and regular in attendance Will your school confirm that What skills do you feel are your strongest What skills do you feel are your weakest Are you a team player? Explain Are you flexible? Explain. Are they?re any obstacles that would prevent you from keeping your commitment to full-time employment? What assets would you bring to the salon and the position? Who is the most important person you have met in your work/education experience, and why? How would you handle a problem client? How do you feel about retailing? Would you be willing to attend our company training program? Describes ways in which you feel you provide excellent costumer service. Preparing to perform a Service Confirm if this is a requirement If so make sure your model is appropriately dressed and prepared. The Interview Be on time Don?t smoke or chew gum Project a warm, friendly smile Walk, sit and stand with good posture Be polite and courteous Don?t sit until asked Don?t smoke or chew gum Don?t lean on or touch interviewer?s desk Appear confident; create a positive impression Speak clearly Answer questions honestly Never criticize former employers Acknowledge interview with thanks
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