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How to Land your Dream Barber Job this Year

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?

 

 

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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.

 

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The Essential Guide to Dressing for an Interview

The first impression is one of the most important parts of an interview. Your resume and cover letter may get you in the door, but your in-person meeting will be the make or break factor. Since we know that putting together a stylish and professional outfit doesn’t exactly come naturally to everyone, here are a few guidelines to follow when preparing for an interview.

 

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Dress for the Job

 

You want to dress for the job that you are actually interviewing for; if you’re interviewing for a barista job at the new, hip coffee shop in town, you don’t need to show up in a business suit, but if you’re in a more professional setting, you’ll want to look the part.

 

Add Details

 

Add elements into your outfit that reflect specific traits that you can bring to the position. For instance, does the position require someone who is incredibly detail-oriented? Then maybe add in a few impeccable details to your look that will stand out, like a perfectly placed pin on your blouse or a pair of polished cufflinks. There’s one statement piece you can’t forgo: the statement watch. Everyone needs a staple timepiece—look punctual and polished in one easy step. Browse the selection of gold watches for men and women from MVMT to find something that complements your new office-worthy digs.

 

Wear a Blouse that Fits

 

If you’re opting for a blouse, keep it simple with a neutral option that fits well. Women often make the mistake of getting a blouse that’s too tight or too loose. Tight blouses can pull in the chest and make moving difficult, while loose blouses look baggy and unflattering. If you find it difficult to pick out the right blouse, purchase a larger size and get it tailored to fit you perfectly. Pair it with a sleek pencil skirt or ironed trousers to complete the look.

 

Add Shoes

 

Whether you choose to wear heels or flats, make sure your footwear is clean and polished. If you want to wear a pair of heels, make sure they’re not scuffed from your night out. Wear a pair that’s comfortable to walk in and won’t distract you while you wait for your interview. Nobody wants to think of pinched toes or blisters during their interview, so make sure your shoes are worn-in before the big day.

 

Wear Appropriate Makeup

 

Unless you’re interviewing for a fashion job, keep it simple with the makeup. Save the intense cat eye makeup and red lipstick for nighttime and go for a subtler look.  Stay away from distracting colors and wear neutral tones that accentuate your features. One simple way to keep your makeup from looking too dramatic is to apply it in the natural light. Hold a vanity mirror up to the window and apply your makeup accordingly.

 

Accessories

 

Keep your accessories understated. Choose a simple bracelet, stud earrings, and delicate necklace to pull your look together. If your outfit is neutral, choose accessories with a little more sparkle or color to give your look more interest.

 

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Manicure

Your interviewer likely won’t be looking at your fingers with a magnifying glass, but nobody likes to see dirty nails. If you’ve been neglecting your nails, it may be time for a manicure. Go for neutral nudes, pinks, or even red for a pop of color. Your nails need more than color; they also need to be trimmed and filed.

 

Hair

 

Check your hair before your interview. Leaning your head against the car seat, a gust of wind, or fluffing your hair before an interview can lead strands astray. Bring a hair tie, hairspray, or bobby pins just in case you need a quick touch up.

 

Follow these style guidelines and you’ll pull off a cool, professional look sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons. Nail the first impression and walk in with confidence so you can land your job.

 

 

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