Whether you are looking to train or have your qualification at hand, finding you dream barber job is easier than ever. With the growth of job websites on the internet and even specialist sites where companies can advertise for barbers wanted, there are more ways than ever to find the job. But how do you make yourself stand out from others competing for the role and land your dream job?
Timing your job hunt
Circumstances sometimes dictate when you start looking for a job but if you have some control over the timing, January and February are good times to start. Other peaks can be before the summer holidays season and just before the Christmas period.
You need to remember that it can take a little time to find the job, apply for it, have an interview and hear if you were successful. In some industries, it can take 2-3 months although barber jobs are usually much quicker than this. So, if you have a job or know you are coming towards the end of your training, start looking and applying as soon as possible.
Get your CV reading
Your CV is the first impression you make on someone (well second if you have a covering letter) and is the most important part of the application. While you can create a basic CV that contains all of your information, you should always tailor it to suit the job you are applying for this. This is important for locally applied jobs and crucial for internet applications.
For starters, you need to read the job application and pick up the key terms that relate to it. this might be able skills or experience, what the role includes or duties. And when you describe your past experience or the skills you learned when training, use any of these terms where they apply.
The same applies to the cover letter you attach to the CV. To the point and accurate, it should also reflect language in the application. Make sure you identify the job you are applying for and give a quick paragraph summary of why you are the right person.
Check your online profile
For lots of us, social media and the online world is separate from our careers, but many employers will check your profiles to get to know you a bit better. This means you should audit your online profile before you start applying for your dream barber job.
If you have stuff on your social media profile that you don’t want to remove but don’t want the world to see, then change your privacy settings so that no-one can see them who isn’t a friend. Clean up your accounts and make sure they look sensible as there are some things even non-friends can see.
You should also consider creating a profile with LinkedIn, the professional social media network. Recruiters and businesses use it to find candidates for jobs all the time and this means it can be a valuable way to spread yourself around. People may even come to you with recommendations for jobs they have spotted that match your CV.
Be ready for the interview process
Interviews can come in lots of shapes and forms today. From the traditional sit-down interview to Skype or digital video interviews, phone interviews and even interviews at jobs fairs, there are lots of ways you can have a face to face with a potential employer. So, you need to practice your skills and be ready with your approach.
There’s no way to know what questions will be asked at a barber job interview. But you can use some of the information on the internet to prepare yourself for some general questions and even do practice interviews with a friend or family member. That way you have some idea of how to deal with questions, even if you don’t know what they are.
Don’t give up!
The jobs market is healthy at the moment and specialist barber job sites mean it is easier than ever to find a job. But that doesn’t mean you will get one instantly. Don’t give up, keep applying and preparing for those interviews and you will get success in the end.