Hair Stylist 

(Female, Age 30) from Bensalem, PA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Hair Stylist
Salary $30,000
Other Compensation None Set
Company Size (not answered)
Location Bensalem, PA
Years Experience 4 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Hair Salon with 8 stylists.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Provide services to clients such as hair cuts, color, hi-lights, perms, etc.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
I can make my own hours and charge whatever I want.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
depends. Some weeks are better then others.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I am full time, so I have the opportunity to work with a variety of people throughout the week. Sometimes it can be difficult when working so closely with people, however, for the most part, I love what I do.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I work in a hair salon in a small town in the suburbs.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 4
Benefits: 5
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 1

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
A member of my family works in the same salon, they needed christmas help when I was still in school and decided to keep me on. It’s been great!

What was the application process?
paper application.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Basically, my first couple of weeks was the interview process. The owner just wanted to make sure that I was a good, reliable worker and that the clients didn’t complain about me soaking them when I washed their hair.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Past job experience, how many more hours of school I had completed, what were my long term goals, and how many hours I was willing to work each week.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, the owner of my salon prepared me by having one on one classes instructing me on cutting techniques that would build on what I had previously learning at school. He had been an educator with a large product line within the industry for nearly 27 years. He has a wealth of knowledge, and a lot of patience. I am very grateful.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, 1250 hours of beauty school, and continuing education by attending classes and seminars whenever possible.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes. I was able to build on my education when I started working in the salon.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Get a job shampooing while you are still in beauty school, so that when you are finished school and you obtain your license, you can start cutting right away.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Socially you have to be outspoken. Being a hair stylist requires that you listen to your clients, but also offer your input. They are in your chair for a reason, give them a reason to come back! Technical skills will come with time. You will learn the basics in beauty school, but there is so much more to learn when you are in the salon.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Absolutely. You have to build on what you learn in school. Watching other stylists, asking questions, attending conventions and shows. All of these things will build on your level of education and help you to become a successful stylist.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Don’t get discouraged in the beginning. It takes a long time to build your clientele. Be proactive, take charge of your advertising. Leave your business cards every where!!!! You will be surprised how many people you can get by just leaving a pile of your cards in the local supermarket, or your child’s day care facility.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
yes. To me, this is a stop along the way. I am building my book, learning everything that I can, and working towards my goals.

What are your current career goals?
To be the owner of a salon/spa/boutique. I am currently a business student, learning everything that I can about the business world, and soon enough I will be able to venture out on my own.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
It’s awesome.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Teller Service Manager 3 years 42000 Managing a staff of 11 tellers, scheduling, settling tellers and branch, hiring new employees, employee write ups, evaluations, etc.
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.5 DeVry University Business
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
4 Empire Beauty School Hair/skin/nails

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