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Getting the Job You Really Want

By: Sharona Schweitzer
Posted: November 26, 2008, from the December 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Your work ethic and professional commitment are key. If you get the job, but are often late, unmotivated or bring personal concerns to the workplace, you could build a bad reputation. Getting along with others is a huge benefit with any business. Your skills and education could be outstanding, but no business can afford a team member that is regularly starting or involved in conflict in the workplace with co-workers or clients.

Interview

After you have been granted an interview, use some of the information you gathered while researching the spa’s Web site; mention something you saw on its site that impressed you. Prospective employers love to know you are interested in their business, and this will lead to an open conversation, rather than just a question and answer session. If the interview ends with, “We’ll call you,” offer to make yourself available for a second interview or a service demonstration.

Clarify

Many people start a job with many questions unanswered. Here are some details you will want to be informed about before the final agreement takes place.

  • Will I have a regular schedule or will it vary? Please provide an example of an average schedule.
  • What duties am I expected to perform when I am not providing services? (Laundry? Answering phones? Inventory or product ordering? Filing?)
  • What is the pay structure? (Hourly? Percentage of service? Does that percentage change if I am requested by the client? Station lease?)
  • Are medical benefits and liability insurance provided?
  • Is commission paid and are there other incentives for product sales?
  • What additional benefits are provided? (Advanced education stipend? Discount on services or products?)
  • Am I solely responsible for promoting my services? Does the employer promote my services on its Web site, in advertisements and on-site?

You will feel more confident knowing both you and your potential employers are on the same page.

Thank you

As silly as this may sound, be sure to thank people. Thank your prospective employer for the interview and be sure to mail a handwritten follow-up thank you note, too. Thank the person who originally accepted your résumé. Thank people for their time. Thank clients for coming in to see you. And don’t forget to thank yourself for taking the time, doing the research and being persistent in order to achieve your goals.