December 4, 2015
What Does It Take to Become a Successful Cosmetologist?
So you’ve loved playing with hair your whole life. Your sisters, friends and colleagues consistently compliment your hairstyle and want you to do theirs. You just can’t get enough of beauty magazines and the ideas within them.
Luckily, there’s a job for that. Whether you’re just considering a career in cosmetology, or you’re a newly minted graduate of a beauty school program and are wondering about next steps, it never hurts to familiarize yourself with the requirements for a successful career in beauty. Here they are.
Complete a Qualifying Program
This is the first step to becoming a cosmetologist, because without qualifying hours you’ll never be able to get your license or get hired. Florida requires you to attend an accredited cosmetology school, and while you may be able to complete some components online, you will have to go to classes at a physical location to get in all of your required hours – 1200 total.
Once you get a job, you’ll need to complete 16 continuing education hours during every renewal cycle, which stretches over two years. You can worry about that after you become a successful cosmetologist, though.
Get Your License
Once you’ve completed your training hours, it’s time to get your license. To do this, you’ll need to pass the cosmetology exam provided by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Board of Cosmetology. If you completed your training hours in another state, you may still be able to take the exam in this state, but you’ll have to communicate with an official from the board.
Build a Portfolio
This is crucial, because a good portfolio will help you get hired. Include lots of pictures of work you’ve done: makeovers, haircuts and styles, and anything else at which you excel, and a salon might potentially be interested. An especially good trick is to include sets of before-and-after photos, because then an employer has something to rate your work against. You can practice on friends and family to build your portfolio if you don’t yet have paying clients.
Land a Job
Once you’ve gotten your portfolio up to snuff, it’s time to apply for jobs. If you get one (and you will, with enough work), congratulations! Now provide excellent service, and the clients will begin to flock to you.
If you live in Florida and are thinking about a career in cosmetology, or are looking for a job, these tips will help you find the one that best suits you and your desires. And remember: Although it might seem like a cliché phrase, there’s no time like the present to get started. Lots of people desire similar careers, so get started today on ways to make yourself stand out and you’ll end up with a better career than you could have dreamed of.