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Landing Your Dream Job

By: Steven H. Dayan, MD and Terri Wojak
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Finding a job can be stressful, but there are some steps that can be taken to ensure you find the opportunity that best fits your needs and personality. First and foremost, you need to take it seriously. Finding a job is a job in itself. You need to be motivated to go out and locate the position you are seeking. Everyone chooses their own future, and when people are passionate about what they do, chances are, they will succeed.

There are many positions other than working in a spa that are available for estheticians, so take the time to find out which type of job would be best for you. People trained as estheticians can become product representatives, educators, coordinators, managers, assistants in medical offices, marketers for skin care companies and product development specialists, just to name a few. Make sure that the type of job you pursue is one you like, is rewarding, and keeps you motivated and interested. If you choose a job merely based on compensation, it probably will not provide you with a sense of fulfillment.

Research the job

After deciding where you want to take your career, it is important to conduct some research and find out exactly what that type of job entails. Be aware of the amount and nature of the responsibility you will be taking on, as well as the average working hours and whether any additional education would be required. Once you decide where to take your career, start looking into some potential employers.

For example, if you want to work in a medical office, take your time to find out about the physician, the practice, the treatments offered and the business’ commitment to its esthetic practice. Search the Internet for information about the business, or call the office and ask questions to get a feel for it. Offering your time for an internship is also a great way to see first-hand how a particular place of business is managed, and also is a great opportunity to showcase your skills and abilities.

Building a résumé

The next step is getting in the door. Building a great résumé is essential to getting an interview because it acts as your first impression; therefore, it must be as perfect as possible. Read and re-read your résumé and ask as many people as possible to do the same. Look for spelling, grammar and consistency errors because one small mistake can discredit you. Keep it to one page in length, if possible; you want your experiences and education to stand out. Once the employer sees that you are qualified, you can go into detailed specifics during the interview.