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Beauty Industry Interview Tips

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Interview Tips for Beauty Industry Job Seekers

At ESG, we understand interviews can be a scary thing, so we decided to share some interview tips with beauty industry job seekers.

Before we start, let’s keep in mind a few things…

Things to remember:

  • Both parties want to make a deal
  • First, show you have the skills required
  • Second, find out if you are actually interested in the job

SETTING UP THE INTERVIEW

Try to follow these steps:

  • Find out as much as you can: Who is interviewing you and what are their positions in the salon/spa?
  • Always answer your phone professionally while looking for work
  • Voicemail- make sure your message reflects your professionalism

DURING THE INTERVIEW

Things to remember:

  • They don’t know you, or your skills and knowledge. Explain yourself thoroughly when answering questions
  • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions such as pay and benefits
  • Body language. Refrain from crossing your arms, slouching, etc.
  • Ask to rephrase if you do not understand the question
  • Ask if you can take notes. Writing down questions helps some people concentrate and also gives you the opportunity to come back to a question if you get stuck. Clarify to the interviewer that you intend to leave your notes behind
  • Thank the interviewer

Typical Questions

1. Questions about you and your skills
“Tell me about yourself/Strengths/weaknesses.”
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. The interviewer wants to ensure you are working on your current weaknesses.

2. “What if” questions
“Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker.”
The interviewer wants to know how you have actually handled conflict, not how you hope to handle conflict in a best-case scenario.

3. Your interest in the spa/salon
“Why do you want to work here?”
The interviewer is looking for commitment. NEVER give a vague answer. Show the interviewer you’ve done your research.

4. Plans and expectations
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
The interviewer wants to make sure that you are motivated enough to be promoted in time.


We recommend you write down answers to all the questions above and practice reciting them before your interview. Writing your answers will prepare your response and avoid those awkward “ummm”s.

Be prepared for a technical interview if your first meeting goes well!

We hope our interview tips help. Good luck on your interview!

ARE YOU AN ESG GRAD?

Assistance in interview prep is a complimentary service to all ESG graduates. Thanks for choosing ESG!

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Beauty Industry Resource Centre
(780) 604 2772
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Beauty Industry Cover Letter Template

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How to write cover letters for beauty industry jobs.

Cover Letter Template for Beauty Industry Jobs

Cover letters are an important piece of your application package. Not only do they express a bit about your professional background, they give the employer hints about your language skills, plus the way they can expect you to express yourself verbally.

In the beauty industry, language is very important as it is the number one tool we use to build relationships with our clients.

Every cover letter needs to be customized. This makes applying for employment a bothersome process. It prevents you from sending a mass email with your résumé to all employers all at once.

However, employers do not like receiving application packages that were obviously sent to the masses. It is quite apparent when an applicant has not taken the time to research the potential employer and is applying anywhere and everywhere. These are the résumés that end up in the shred pile before anyone gets a chance to review them.

As a beauty industry resource centre, we encourage all service providers looking for employment to use a cover letter in the application package. In this article, we will share the basic information that should be included in your cover letter. Follow the template we provide, and customizing a cover letter will be much easier 😉


BEAUTY INDUSTRY COVER LETTER OUTLINE

Your Full Name
Your address
City, Province, Postal Code

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

Name of Recipient
Recipient’s position
Company Full Name
Street address
City, Province, Postal Code

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE
BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

DATE

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE
BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

RE: Position Title (Job Reference Number, if available)

(BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE)

GREETING: Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

*TIP: Address the person by last name. To be gender-neutral, don’t use Mr./Ms. and use the person’s full name instead (e.g. Dear Taylor Smith). If you do not know who to address, use “To whom this may concern”. This is the ONLY time you should be using this greeting.

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

FIRST PARAGRAPH: Why are you writing? Explain your reason. If you are applying for a specific job, state how you heard about the opportunity (newspaper? Online job bank? Word of Mouth? Etc.). If you’re not applying for a specific job, say WHY you are interested in working for this organization.

*TIP: Give one brief reason why you want to work for that spa/salon- do you like the product line they carry? Do you enjoy performing the specific services they offer? Etc.) If someone referred you to the employer, name that person (for example, ‘Anna Thompson, your Head of Esthetics’, suggested I write to you).

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

MIDDLE PARAGRAPH(S): Why do you think you are a good fit for this position in this spa/salon? Point out any key experience (including volunteer, training or school experience) that qualifies you for the position.

*TIP: Keep your paragraphs short. If you are responding to a job posting, explain how your skills and experience match those described in the posting.

*EXTRA TIP: Use similar language that they did on the job posting. Similar, not identical.

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

LAST PARAGRAPH: State that a résumé (and if available, a portfolio) is enclosed for more information. Request an interview by expressing that you would like to meet, and offer to provide additional information if needed.

*TIP: Include your phone number in the last paragraph so that piece of information is readily available should the employer want to contact you immediately.

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

SIGN-OFF: Sincerely,

SPACE FOR SIGNATURE…SPACE FOR SIGNATURE…SPACE FOR SIGNATURE
SPACE FOR SIGNATURE…SPACE FOR SIGNATURE…

Your Full Name

*TIP: If you’re sending your resumé via fax or in person, leave three lines for your signature before your name. If you’re sending it electronically, you don’t need to leave space before your name.

BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE…BLANK SPACE

Enclosure


We hope this cover letter template helps. Best of luck in your job search, and remember, looking for a job IS a job! Consciously dedicate time daily to job searching, even if it’s half an hour per day. The bigger you cast your net, the sooner you’ll reel in the fish 😉

Are you an ESG grad?

Assistance in writing and editing your resume and cover letter is a complimentary service to all ESG graduates. Thanks for choosing ESG!


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Beauty Industry Resource Centre
(780) 604 2772
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EMPLOYERS: Post a job

Post a Job

Dear Beauty Industry Employers,

We would like to invite you to post your current/future job posting with Executive Spa Group.

Our job bank is free, fast and easy to use. When you post your job listing with Executive Spa Group, you are able to post multiple listings for up to 30 days at a time. Candidates submit their resume and other application material directly to you, thereby allowing you to be fully in control of the screening and hiring process.

By advertising in our Job Bank, you will ensure your posting is seen by thousands of beauty professional job seekers across Alberta. Our Job Bank can help you reach more qualified service providers than ever before. Simply complete our template outlining the skill set you require and submit it for posting. It’s that easy. And because Executive Spa Group specializes in the beauty industry, finding service providers has never been so easy!

Why post with Executive Spa Group?
  • Our job bank is Alberta Beauty Industry focused
  • Our job bank is visited by Service Providers in Alberta looking for their next employment opportunity
  • Executivespagroup.com attracts top industry employers and job seekers
  • Our job bank contains up-to-date job listings in Alberta
  • Our job bank is easy-to-use
  • Our job bank is absolutely FREE!
Click here to begin posting your job listings with Executive Spa Group.

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Holidays and Holiday Pay: Beauty Industry Employees

Holidays and Holiday Pay: Beauty Industry Employees

This information comes from Alberta’s Employment Standards Code. Whether you are FT, PT, or on Commission, the code applies to all employees who are NOT self-employed or contracted.

Now let’s begin…

Throughout the year, the following holidays are recognized by the code:
  • January 1, New Year’s Day
  • 3rd Monday in February, Family Day
  • Friday before Easter (varies in March/April), Good Friday
  • Monday after May 25, Victoria Day
  • July 1, Canada Day
  • 1st Monday in September, Labour Day
  • 2nd Monday in October, Thanksgiving Day
  • November 11, Remembrance Day
  • December 25, Christmas Day

Did you know?
  • When July 1 falls on a Monday-Saturday, it is celebrated that day, however, when it falls on a Sunday, its celebrated the next day on Monday
  • Employers can choose to designate Boxing Day, Easter Monday, or Heritage Day (1st Monday in August) as a holiday, however, it is NOT mandatory

But not everyone is eligible for holiday pay, to be eligible:
  • You have to have worked at least 30 days before the holiday in question
  • You can ‘t have missed work the day before or the day after the holiday in question
  • You have to have actually worked on the holiday in question (not refuse)

If you are eligible, and it is your REGULAR day of work, your employer either
  • Pays your daily wage + 1.5X your wage for all hours worked; or
  • Pays your daily wage + provides a day off with pay of average daily wage (If you accept this option, you must take your day off no later than your next vacation and on a day that would normally be a work day for you)

If you are eligible, and it is NOT your REGULAR day of work, your employer
  • Pays you 1.5X your wage for your hours worked

Did you know?
  • If you are on vacation when a general holiday occurs and it would be your regular day to work, you are still entitled to holiday pay
  • Employees paid by commission are entitled to their daily wage + 1.5x their wage when they work on a holiday Ask Executive Spa Group how to calculate the hourly wage if you are paid by commission or visit the Alberta’s Employment Standard Code Fact Sheet

In the beauty industry, a lot of employees work irregular schedules where employees only work when there is work available, or work in predetermined, repetitive patterns that differ from your average M-F/9-5. Contact Executive Spa Group for questions regarding your eligibility for holiday pay based on your particular schedule.

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Beauty Industry Staff: Employee vs. Contractor

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Employee vs Contractor in Alberta’s Beauty Industry: What’s the difference?

Beauty Industry Staff: Employee vs. Contractor

The beauty industry offers all types of work arrangements. This article is meant to help both employers and service providers understand what their roles and responsibilities are in their particular work arrangements.

Let’s start by defining the difference between an employee and a contractor:
  • An employee works under an employee/employer relationship
  • A contractor carries out her/his work under an independent business/contractor relationship. In our industry, contractors are commonly known as “freelancers”, “chair renters”, “room renters”…
Remember that employees and contractors are governed by different employment laws and regulations, so it’s important to know which you (or your staff) fall under! Contracts are highly recommended as they allow for written clarification of any agreements made in the employer-worker relationship.

To help you understand the difference, we have come up with 4 different categories where we will highlight the differences between an employee and contractor:
  • Working Conditions
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Employment Standards

Working Conditions

Employees in the beauty industry are regularly paid either a wage, salary, commission, or a combination of wage + commission. Contractors on the other hand submit invoices and may receive payment at intervals agreed upon by them and the employer. In the beauty industry however, chair/room renters pay an agreed amount to the employer and do not disclose to the employer their earnings or expenses.

Employees’ additional training is paid for or reimbursed by the employer, as where contractors pay for their own training costs and must have the required training before providing services.

Employees’ hours of work are determined by the employer, as where contractors choose their own time of work. In the beauty industry however, chair/room renters may work during their hours of choosing, as long as it in accordance with the employer’s hours of operation.

Tools and Equipment

Employees in the beauty industry are provided all the tools and equipment necessary to perform services. These tools and equipment are maintained by the employer, however, a good service provider will extend the life of any tool or equipment by using it properly and sanitizing it after every client. Employees can choose to provide their own tools.
Contractors provide and maintain their own tools and equipment. Ultimately, the employer and worker agree on the terms and conditions of their arrangement, but generally, chair/room renters are provided with a space within a salon/spa to provide services. Often a chair is provided by the employer to chair renters.

Canada Revenue Agency

Employees are deducted personal federal and provincial income tax, Employment Insurance (EI) premiums, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) from their employment earnings by the employer who in turn submits the deducted tax to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Contractors submit their own federal and provincial tax deductions to the CRA. Sole Proprietors declare their earnings as personal income and therefore do not pay federal or provincial corporate taxes. Incorporated contractors submit a federal corporate income tax return along with their annual return. In terms of EI premiums, it is always the employer’s responsibility to pay the employer and employee portions of the EI premium. This includes EI premiums of chair/room renters. Contact ESG to learn more on how to deduct EI premiums from chair/room renters. In regards to CPP, the contractor is responsible to contribute to CPP.

Employees do not collect GST from their clients; Contractors including chair/room renters, (Sole Proprietors or Incorporated) must register to collect, charge, and remit GST once their gross annual revenues reach over $30K.

Employment Standards

Employees are covered by Alberta’s Employment Standard Code which entitles employees to general holiday pay/overtime pay/minimum wage/termination pay/vacation pay and time off. Contractors are NOT entitled to many of the perks enjoyed by employees. As a contractor in the beauty industry, it is important to cover all these details in a written contract prior to commencing employment.

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