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How Can I Get My Foot In The Door?

Dear Sugar
I just graduated with my Esthetics license. I'm so happy but I'm having a hard time finding a job.

Right now I'm a full time admin assistant, and I would like to find a job doing waxing or facials part time, or even do house calls since I don't have my own room set up yet - but I do have all the necessary equipment.

Do you have any suggestions about going out and finding the right weekend-only job until I get a little bit of experience in the industry? My admin job has great health benefits which I can't give up.

Ideally, I would like to find something but I think it's kind of embarrassing to go into an actual salon and get turned down on the spot. Needs Experience Emma

Dear Needs Experience Emma
That's what I would do. Be a door to door saleswoman and sell yourself! Pound that pavement and be your own advocate - no job is going to fall right into your lap.

Ask salons if they need a part timer or someone who's on call to fill in when someone can't make it. Explain how you've just graduated and you'd like to gain experience. Lots of times, volunteering as an intern can help you get your foot in the door too.

Start with the big guys and shoot for the stars. Wouldn't a job at a top spa be a dream come true?! If they turn you down, be polite (always smile and thank them for their time) and leave them with a resume.

Also, ask them how they got their start in the biz. Not only do people love to talk about themselves, but you never know what could generate your next idea. Good luck and congrats on your graduation.

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