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Beauty Industry Mobility Across CanadaWith the growing number of beauty professionals in this country, we thought we would take a look at employment mobility through Canada. While certification standards differ from province to province, here are some things you need to know if you are planning to move.
In Canada, all of the provinces and territories have regulation for hairstylists through the Red Seal Journeyman Certification. With this certificate, you are able to legally work from province to province. However, each province has different standards of training, so check out the National Employment Requirements to find out what you need to begin your trade. Barbering falls under the Hairstylist occupation as well, so certification will still be mandatory to practice this specialized craft.
As an Esthetician in Canada, however, you may find your mobility limited, as few provinces have regulation trade requirements:
- New Brunswick regulates Estheticians.
- Manitoba regulates their Electrologists and Estheticians through Apprenticeship Manitoba
- Saskatchewan divides their esthetic regulations between Nail Technicians and Skin Care specialists, also through an apprenticeship and trade certification commission.
Training and on-the-job hours may transfer to a regulated province if you meet their individual criteria. If you are moving outside of a regulated province, your training and certification will be appealing to employers in a province that does not have these requirements.
While the country is looking to start standardizing esthetics, hairstyling is the only beauty industry career that has national standards. If you are considering moving, or you need more information about labour mobility in Canada, visit Worker’s Mobility.
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Indispensable Behaviours of an Ace EmployeeA guide to job security and being the employee they can’t live without.
As we send yet another class off to do their work experience, we hope they recall all the lessons learned in class, in particular, how to be an “ace” employer.
What is it that makes an “ace” employee – and how can you be one?An “ace” employee is an outstanding, superstar, and most importantly, indispensable employee. If you’re a job hopper, have seen more termination notices than pay checks, or simply can’t seem to get the promotion you want, this article may be worth the read.
What do employers look for in an “ace” employee?
1. Time ManagementA massive struggle with most “problem employees” is their time management. Being late every day- even if only 5 minutes, calling in sick constantly, or lack of reliable childcare are huge factors in your employer forming their opinion about you. The mismanagement of your own time has negative consequences for your pay check and your team. Team resentment about your unreliability could create a hostile work environment over your workmate’s resentment.
When you are being conscious of your time and priorities, your employer will notice your reliability and trustworthiness. Key holder responsibilities are given to those who earn trust. These responsibilities sometimes come with a pay increase, but are always a step in the right direction to growing your career. Having control of your time management is a MUST, especially in the workplace.
So how can you improve your time management skills? Here are some tips from an “ace” employee:
Analyze why you’re always running late. Is it due to lack of planning?
- Organizing yourself the night before will better prepare you for the next day.
- Getting enough rest and taking care of your body will generally help you wake up without six alarms in the morning.
- Plan for the road conditions – if you see it’s about to snow in the weather forecast, think about leaving earlier the next morning.
- Tell yourself that your shift starts a half hour earlier than it does. Wouldn’t you rather have time to prepare for your day at work instead of rushing in and feeling overwhelmed? Vince Lombardi famously said, “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late”
2. InitiativeWhen you see something that needs to be done at work, do you automatically do it?
If not, you may not be taking enough initiative in the workplace. Managers love employees that do necessary tasks without being asked.
“It’s not in my job description” should absolutely be eliminated from your vocabulary, unless it puts your personal health or safety at risk. Superstar employees go above and beyond when they think no one is watching. However, a good employer is always watching and taking notice of their value. Unlike employees who only go above and beyond when they think they may benefit from the situation, these superstars have higher job security during slow times.
3. IntuitionAnticipating needs is an incredible form of intuition that makes the whole day more productive. An ace employee will foresee a future event and prepare for it. This could be setting out tools that you know you’ll use, or having the coffee ready when you know there’s an early meeting. Your preparation and your willingness to see your team’s needs before they do is going to make the day run smooth and make you stand out from the crowd.
So how can you improve your intuition? Here are some tips from an “ace” employee:
Challenge yourself when you start getting bored.People quit their jobs because they get tired of the same routine. An easy way to create a fun and dynamic workplace is to create a job for yourself when you feel things are stagnant.
- See a void in the system? Think up a way you can increase efficiency
- Ask someone if you can help with their project
- Always get clearance from your manager before starting any additional projects, and make sure you can handle your regular obligations as well as your new responsibility
Knowledge is power!A challenge most managers face is not having enough dynamic employees to be able to delegate tasks to. An employee that has experience in different areas is extremely valuable. A superstar staff is made of different people with different strengths – and there are ways to diversify your skillset.
- Check to see if there is a product knowledge course you can take to better familiarize yourself with the stock at your workplace. If not, a quick Google search could reveal lots of information you didn’t know- just make sure the source is credible
- Additional courses in your spare time can increase your skillset. Talk to your manager about furthering your education – you’d be surprised at the support some employers offer to employees that take the initiative to learn more about their industry. With that being said, take every course offered to you for free by the company (especially if it’s optional!). Some courses can seem boring or not related to your day-to-day, but you never know when that additional information can become useful
- Ask a colleague if they can show you how they perform a task. There is more than one way to do things. Although your way may work for you, you may learn something new.
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What does it mean to be a mentor?It’s that time again! Executive Spa Group is looking for employers to mentor our Beautiful Futures participants. If you haven’t heard of this program, Beautiful Futures is a government funded program that trains youth for a start in a beauty industry career.
The Beautiful Futures program has a heavy emphasis on soft skills designed to teach young people life and employment skills to make them successful all around. Because our program is designed for millenials, we try and fill the gaps employers face when working with this generation.
Responsibility and respect for the workplace are core values at Executive Spa Group. We try to foster a sense of pride and work ethic in our participants. We model other values such as accountability and teamwork in hopes that our participants follow our example.
Beautiful Futures participants spend 8 weeks in class learning one technical skill plus an array of employability skills such as conflict management and communication, customer service, change management, personal development, time and money management, etc.
After completing their class time at Executive Spa Group, they spend 12 weeks with an employer where they practice their newly learned skills. Eligible employers receive a wage subsidy of $6/hr. We normally place the participants in entry-level jobs. Examples of past placements include jobs doing:
- Salon/spa reception
- Salon/spa assistant
- Hair apprentice
- Sales Representative
- Nail technician
What do I need to become a mentor?Aside from meeting the requirements set forth by the Government of Canada, employers need to have the desire to make a difference in a young person’s life. The following are what we believe to be characteristics of a mentor.
Clear CommunicationTo be a successful mentor, you must be able to clearly communicate your expectations to your participant, and also be open to hearing your participant’s communication. Open communication in a safe space is the key to any relationship- your relationship with your new team member is no different.
Because of the nature of our industry, we may have jam-packed days when we don’t even have time to eat, or we may have days that we have no clients. Remember, young employees may not have the same sense of work ethic as you, therefore they may need your guidance in thinking of duties to fill their day. We find that providing your participant with written daily duties is a good way to start.
Examples of entry level duties include:
- washing/folding/putting away laundry
- cleaning duties (ex. washroom upkeep/floors/dusting…)
- replenishing supplies/ restocking merchandise
- followup calls/appointment reminders/filing client forms/booking appointments/greeting customers
- assisting other staff members (ex. room prep/washing and disinfecting tools and implements)
Provide FeedbackWhether your participant is doing a good job or not, feedback is important for the growth of your new team member. During the first two weeks, we recommend you review your participant’s work to ensure they have completed their tasks well and up to your standards. Take the time to inconspicuously observe your participant and provide feedback when needed, as soon as possible. If correction is needed, always correct your participant in private.
Ability to Motivate and LeadThey say that to have a successful business, you must keep your staff happy. We couldn’t agree more. To be a successful mentor, you must lead by example with your positive attitude. There is no better way to teach young people then by leading by example. Let them hear your positive interactions with your clients so that they have a clear understanding of your level of customer service. Your new participant will adopt your way of treating clients and the other members of the team.
Create and Follow a Progress PlanFor the ultimate satisfaction with your new team member, it is important that you take the time to get to know your new employee. A progress plan can help you outline your mutual goals and set a timeline for achieving those goals.
For example, a progress plan can include goals such as:
- gaining knowledge and confidence with the professional product lines carried at your salon/spa within the first month. This can be further broken down into week 1- cleansers, week 2- moisturizers, etc.
- becoming independent with assigned regular duties within first 2 weeks of joining the team
- learn skills required to accept payments by week 3
- training on a new service after proven ability to complete initial skill in a professional and timely manner. For example, “after completing 30 pedicures and 30 manicures succesfully, you will be trained on waxing”
Creating a progress plan will also help you uncover other skills in your participant. For example, we have had participants with nursing, accounting, marketing, and teaching skills. Beautiful Futures has seen a variety of newcomers who change their professions for a beauty career when they start their new life in Canada. In the past we have had the opportunity to train nurses, teachers, doctors, accountants, I.T. professionals, media broadcasters, etc, in their new beauty career. Get to know your participant- they may hold some valuable skills!
Asserting your AuthorityTo be a successful mentor you must be able to assert your authority. Don’t be afraid to provide clear rules from the start. Rules regarding absences and tardiness should be clear, as well as required attire and overall appearance.
If your participant does not meet your expectations from the start, as the mentor, it is your responsibility to address any miscommunication and find a solution. During the 12 weeks, Executive Spa Group is only a phone call/email/text away to help you find solutions should you need us.
Remember, we previously spent 8 weeks with your new team member which means we were able to observe and track their strengths and areas for improvement. It also means we were able to build rapport with them which may allow us to mediate if needed.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?Interested in participating as an employer?
Participants will be ready for work the first week of January 2019.
They have been trained in Manicures and Pedicures and Retail Makeup. Apply OnLine to participate in this program
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