Ask anyone who has been in the industry for 5, 10, or 15+ years: you already have everything you need to succeed as a beauty professional. You probably don't believe me and are thinking, "Yeah, but I don't have…" It's normal to have doubts, but you need to realize that everyone, at some point, felt the same way as you do now. There are countless job seekers that feel like they're missing something (skills, support, time, money, etc.) that go on to achieve fabulous success and, more importantly, establish themselves in satisfying careers. For example, Paul Mitchell's co-founder, John Paul DeJoria, lived in his van at one time. High school drop-out and single mother, Paula Kent, worked as a gas station attendant before eventually founding Redken. And Jan Arnold started CND, Creative Nail Design, out of her father's garage.
Everyone has challenges. It is your perception of your ability to overcome your own challenges that will ultimately decide whether you achieve your dreams. Too often job seekers become overly focused on their deficits only to be caught in a catch-22 of negativity. The perfect example: ever heard someone complain, "You need experience to get the job, but you need a job to get experience?" You may understand that this is a negative way to see things, but you probably still wonder "What can I do?" The answer is to focus on what you do have.
You have passion and career goals. You have received excellent training and have demonstrated some proficiency in your field. You may have even begun to practice your knowledge and explore professional networks. These are the tools from which your future will be built. Take pride in your accomplishments. No one else achieved them quite like you did. It is critical that you own this positive attitude because if you do not value what you uniquely offer to the world, no employer will either. To refresh your outlook and reenergize your job search, try the following self-assessment steps.
Now that you have completed your self-assessment, you can prepare to present your abilities to potential employers. If you have difficulties developing your action plan, be sure to seek help from someone in the industry that has been successful. We're not in this alone; make sure you connect with your support network and see if they can help you grow.
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