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Alberta Nurses expected to join Beauty Industry in light of massive job cuts

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Last November, The National Post reported that Alberta Health aims to eliminate 500 nursing jobs over the next three years in an effort to find efficiency in the budget.

Not surprisingly, we have had nurses come to us for guidance on how they can use their training and experience in the beauty industry.

Nurses working with injectables.

Nurses who join the beauty industry are often interested in offering injectables. Botox and fillers are amongst the fastest growing services in the beauty industry,

Alberta Health asks 3 questions when it comes to injectables:

  1. Who can buy it?
  2. Who prescribed it?
  3. Who administers it?

If you a member of any college of nursing in Alberta (such as CARNA, CLPNA, or CPSA) you have to check with your college to see what you as a member are allowed to administer as a nursing professional.

If you want to provide aesthetic services, there are multiple medispas that hire RNs to administer injectables. For example, some spas work directly with doctors who are able to get and prescribe the injectables and the RN administers it.

Each manufacturer may have their own rules around a physician being present in the facility when injections are being administered. You will have to contact the manufacturers in question and inquire about their specific instructions.


Cosmetic Botox® and Nurse Colleges

Botox is a Schedule 1 drug and therefore requires a prescription. Once a prescription has been written, it is currently up to each college to decide whether to allow their members to administer the drug, and under what conditions.

Botox® Manufacturer’s instructions

ALLERGAN’s instructions for use of Botox generally state that injections can only be given by physicians with the appropriate qualifications and experience in the treatment and the use of required equipment.

Who can buy it?

The sale of Botox is regulated federally. Only certain health professionals can purchase this drug legally.

Illegal Cosmetic Botox

Health Canada says is very interested in any inappropriate sales of Botox®. Alberta Health asks you report any suspected illegal sale of Botox.

Cosmetic Botox® and Alberta Health Violations

Alberta Health is not proposing a policy on the use of drugs in personal service settings, but, if reports arise that Botox is being offered in an unsanitary manner, steps will be taken by health inspectors to correct those violations.

The amended Personal Services Regulation and Standards require an operator using cosmetic Botox to follow any accompanying instructions for safe use.

Alberta Health Inspectors may also take referral steps if an inspector suspected irregularity with the purchase, prescription or administration of the drug. These referrals might be to a regulatory college, Health Canada, Alberta Health or to administrators the Pharmacy Act.


Classification of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers (Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) and Hyaluronic Acid) are neither a drug, nor a cosmetic. Rather they are a Class 3 medical device (given how far they are inserted into the body).

Sale of Class 3 medical devices

There are no restrictions placed on these devices by Health Canada as to who can sell them. Some manufacturer’s state that the fillers are only to be used by a health care practitioner.

Dermal fillers and Alberta Health

The newly updated Personal Services Standards regulate the use of fillers to require that they carry the product name, a list of ingredients and instructions for safe use. Also, any instructions for safe use must be followed by the operator.


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What does your handshake say about you?

Do you shake your client’s hand the first time you meet them or do you believe it is an antiquated practice?

The estheticians of yesteryear were trained to shake the hand of the client as they introduced themselves for the first time. In fact, many estheticians trained abroad still practice the handshake.

Call us old fashioned, but we still believe in the handshake. It’s a show of respect and professionalism. Shaking your client’s hand when you first meet them adds a touch of class to your salon or spa.

WHAT DOES YOUR HANDSHAKE SAY ABOUT YOU?

People use different handshakes. It is important to know what message your handshake is sending to the receiver.

Types of Handshakes

Jell-O hand: this handshake is often interpreted as a sign of passiveness, weakness, lack of energy, or drive. This handshake tells your customer that you are lacking confidence in your position. For the receiver of this handshake they can be left feeling awkward after this limp shake.

Death grip: this handshake is aggressive and firm, but often too firm for the receiver leaving their hand feeling numb or pained. Although the giver of this handshake is attempting to portray dominance and assertiveness, it can be seen as overly aggressive or offensive in some situations. This handshake is not appropriate for the nature of the beauty industry and should be avoided in customer service.

Hand Cradle: this handshake is used as a display of affection. The giver of the handshake can use this as an opportunity to show the receiver that they are protective, caring, and trustworthy. It is most commonly used and most appropriately used between individuals who share a bond or emotional connection. Similar to a hug, it can be considered inappropriate in a customer service setting, or first interaction.

Missionary: this handshake is a display of dominance. It involves the giver turning their palm down leaving the other individuals palm turned up. The giver in this situation is showing that they feel superior or dominant over the other individual. This handshake should be reserved for situations in which a powerful statement is to be made. Refrain from using this handshake in customer service situations, or with your authority.

Lady fingers: this courteous handshake is used by women when greeting a man. It is used to keep distance between the lady and her greeter by extending her arm towards him and allowing only her fingers to be grasped. This handshake is not inappropriate in a customer service interaction, even with male customers.

The go-to shake: this handshake is appropriate for most situations as it is neither overpowering nor lacking in confidence. This handshake involves a comfortable grasp and a quick 3 second shake. Both parties’ hands are vertical and exert an equal amount of pressure. This handshake tells your customer that you are a professional and consider them equals in your interaction. Always ensure you are making eye contact with your greeter when shaking their hand. TIP: If the person is holding your hand for too long gently place your other hand over theirs and pull away.


Are you interested in joining the beauty industry? ESG is a Beauty Industry Resource Centre. Our Career and Employment Consultant is ready to help you design a career path that is right for you!

We recommend starting off with esthetics basics like Waxing.


Looking for jobs in beauty? Try our job bank.

Visit our job bank for Beauty jobs in Edmonton and area. It is Alberta Beauty Industry- focused and contains up-to-date job listings in Alberta. ESG offers short training courses to help you reach your goals one step at a time.

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RENTING SPACE as a Beauty Service Provider

About 70% of our students have long term goals of self-employment.  We offer the following advice to our students: Choose your start-up location in a neighbourhood where you see yourself in the long run.  Clients will follow if you move nearby 😉

In this article, we review different rental options for budding beauty industry entrepreneurs.

RENTING SPACE IN A SPA or SALON

Renting a room (or chair) in a spa or salon is a good way to get your toes wet in the world of commerce. This option allows a certain amount of independence, it’s like renting a room  in a house where a family lives. For example, you may be able to set your own hours, but will be limited to their hours of operation.

A benefit of this arrangement is cross-promotion.  Renting space from an existing beauty business could give you access to a pool of existing clients. People who rent space in a spa/salon usually do so with the hopes that their business will also be visited by that spa/salon’s regular clients.  Cross promotion is mutually convenient ONLY when you rent from an establishment that offers different services than you.

Be prepared for conflict if you offer the same services as your landlord!

What can I expect my rental fee to be?

Your rental fee will depend on multiple factors.  The location of the establishment and the size of the room you will be renting are primary factors. The best way to conduct your research is to inquire about other places renting nearby (even if you are not interested in those locations).  

Also ask what is included in the fee. Things to consider are:

  • How will your clients pay? Will you be getting your own pos or will you be using theirs? 
  • Will their receptionist be greeting your clients? 
  • Will you be using their washer/dryer?
  • Who will clean the common areas?

RENTING SPACE IN A COMMUNITY

Renting space in a community such as My Lofts or Citizen Salon Studios is a new concept worth exploring! This option is good for service providers with a small-medium client base. It allows for more independence and is an excellent choice for service providers whose goal is to earn a comfortable income.

Renting space in a community is like living in a furnished condo with utilities and amenities included. Rent is understandably higher as it can include equipment, furniture, and services such as online booking and marketing. It also includes maintenance of common areas.

Another pro of renting space in a community is the love and support from your neighbours. You all have something in common- an entrepreneurial spirit and your love for the beauty industry!

On the other side of that coin, your neighbours are also your competitors. There’s nothing wrong with a little competition! We advise our students to see competition in a positive light- it keeps us on our toes and reminds us daily to treat our clients like important guests J


RENTING SPACE ALONE

Renting a store front space is a goal for service providers who want to run an entire operation. This option requires a larger financial investment and an existing client base.

This option is like renting an entire house for yourself and your family (staff). It is maximum commitment for maximum independence. You are responsible for every aspect of your business.

We do not recommend renting an entire spa/salon in hopes to rent out rooms/chairs while you build your clientele.  Do not overextend yourself! What if you aren’t able to rent ‘that chair’ or ‘that room’ in time?

Making sound financial decisions during the start-up phase is what will take your business into year 2. Try not to rely on credit and keep your overhead as low as possible for as long as possible.


Are you interested in self employment? ESG offers short training courses to help you reach your goals one step at a time.

With ESG, you can custom-design your beauty career by taking the courses you are interested in. If you are joining the beauty industry, we recommend starting off with esthetics basics like Manicures and Pedicures or Waxing and Tinting.

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Behaviours of an Ace Employee

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Indispensable Behaviours of an Ace Employee

A 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 Management

A 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. Initiative

When 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. Intuition

Anticipating 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.
Work ethic doesn’t come automatically. It has to be learned and developed through self-discipline. Following these tips will demonstrate to employer your strong work ethic and make your work day more enjoyable. Most importantly, it will show your employer how indispensable you are!

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Beauty Industry Youth Employment Program

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PROGRAM COMMITMENT: JANUARY 28-JUNE 14, 2019

Beautiful Futures has 2 components:

In-class (8 weeks)

M-F; 10am-4:30pm
JAN 28- MAR 22, 2019

You will acquire fundamental skills required for any job regardless of industry. However, our goal is to help you gain personal development, life and employment skills, and transferrable skills to take you anywhere you want to go in the beauty industry.

You will participate in Skill Enhancement on Fridays. Exposure Certification in Manicures and Pedicures will be awarded upon successful completion of your work experience, training quotas, and passing marks on required exams.

Placement (12 weeks)

35 hours minimum/week
MARCH 25- JUNE 14, 2019

During this 2nd portion, you will gain skills and work experience in entry-level beauty industry-related or retail jobs. Work experience can be completed at different salons, spas, medispas, health and wellness centres, and retail outlets throughout the city.

ESG does not guarantee placement in the beauty industry. Beauty industry job placements are awarded to participants that show readiness, ability, and willingness to work. ESG assesses your suitability for different types of employment throughout the classroom component.
NOTE: Participants must accept the placement assigned to them and must make themselves available for work for a minimum of 35 hours per week. Completion of the Work Experience component of this course is mandatory for certification in the technical training received.

Is funding provided for this program?

Yes, funding is provided by the Government of Canada to help cover the cost of basic living expenses while obtaining employment training. Financial assistance is provided to participants throughout the classroom component on an hourly wage at Alberta’s minimum wage.

The placement component is a paid work experience. You earn a wage while completing this portion. In some scenarios, the possibility exists to turn the work experience into a permanent position, so make sure to impress your employer! Days of the week will vary amongst employers, but remember, weekends are busy days for the beauty industry, so be prepared to commit!

NOTE: Do not apply if you are not prepared to work weekends! The Beauty industry thrives on the weekend and weekend work is expected of an entry-level employee.

Important note about this program

Because a wage is provided for attending this program and receiving skills training, participants are encouraged to think of the program as work. While this program is intended to help you develop personally and professionally, we have set standards of attendance and performance. Just as with any employer, we adhere to a probationary period and reserve the right to terminate your enrolment in the program if expectations are not met.

Who can participate in this program?

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • 15-30 years of age at the time of class start date;
  • Must be interested in joining the beauty industry;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
  • Must be in need of assistance overcoming employment barriers.
  • Must not be working or attending a program/school

EXAMPLES OF EMPLOYMENT BARRIERS

  • Lack of work history;
  • Lack of confidence and self-esteem;
  • Lack of employability skills; and
  • Other social factors

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can apply ONLINE to participate in ‘Beautiful Futures’. Thank you for your interest.

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