We often don’t see disabled people working in the Personal Care industry, specifically, in beauty occupations. However, many services are ideal for a person with mobility issues. For example, Nail Techs or Lash Techs sit for most of their day.
Training in certain services can prove to form a lucrative career for a person with a mobile disability. For instance, self-employed Lash Techs charge around $80 for 1 hour of service.
Are there government supports to help me find employment?
There are there supports for beauty industry workers with disabilities. Disability Related Employment Supports a.k.a. ‘DRES‘ is a provincial employment support that funds supports or services for Albertans to help them find and maintain employment.
There are also supports for employers who want to hire people with disabilities.
If the eligibility criteria for all parties are met, you may find supports in:
job search, and
Examples of eligible assistive services:
Examples of eligible assistive technology:
Set-up, installation and training on use of specialized equipment and/or software
making a washroom accessible
raising lowering or adapting a work station
adapting equipment for the specific use of a person with a disability
The different government forms you need to file can leave your head spinning! This article breaks down the difference between an ROE and a T4.
Record of Employment (ROE)
You file this form when you leave a job for good, or for a period of time. This form is very important because it is the document that determines whether or not you are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
The ROE documents the amount of hours you worked in the last 52 weeks prior to applying for EI. You must have worked at least 420 hours to be eligible for EI regular benefits.
Your employer is responsible to issue your ROE within 5 days of your last day.
You file this form every year that you work, even if you worked only a couple of days during the year.
Any employers that you had throughout the year should provide your T4 by February of the following year. For example, you should be receiving your 2019 T4 by February 2020.
Your annual T4 provides information that determines if you paid enough EI, CPP, and taxes according to how much money you made that year.
This form is used to file your taxes every year, but don’t worry, if you don’t have it, your pay stubs can be used to calculate your annual income.
Writing a resume is difficult when you lack work experience or the training required to do a specific job. However, even when you have experience and/or training, putting the words down on paper can still prove a challenging task.
We recommend breaking down your resume-writing into two components:
What is your job goal? Have you narrowed this down to the industry? The particular employer? The more research you do, the better your resume will look.
Now that you’ve thought about your goal, allow yourself some time to think about the skills you think you need to have for your goal. For example, if you want to work at a “ABC Salon and Spa” as a receptionist, ask yourself, “what skills does that receptionist need to have?”
A good receptionist has a friendly demeanour and a welcoming smile
A good receptionist knows about services and products sold
A good receptionist is able to answer questions from clients
A good receptionist needs to work well with people
A good receptionist knows basic math
A good receptionist is able to use point of sales and booking systems
A good receptionist has good phone manners
A good receptionist ensures the clean maintenance of the facility
A good receptionist supports the team
Now that you’ve thought about the skills you would need for that particular position, ask yourself, “what skills do I have that relate?”
Don’t focus so much on your duties at your previous job, as much as the skills you applied there.
If you have little to no work experience, think about skills you may use on your free time. What are your hobbies? Do they include particular skills?
Now that we have a list of your skills to pick from for later, our second task is to think about the personality traits required for your goal.
For example, a good receptionist has the following traits:
A good receptionist is friendly
A good receptionist is punctual
A good receptionist is organized
A good receptionist is intuitive
A good receptionist is research-oriented
Now that you’ve thought about the traits you would need for that particular position, ask yourself, “what traits do I have that relate?”
Now that you have well-though-out ideas, organizing them into a resume will be a breeze!
Types of Resumes
Chronological resume- your best bet if you have sufficient experience and the training required for your objective
Functional resume- an excellent choice for those with little to no work experience
Combo resume- best for those with skills from another industry not related to your job goal
Visit our job bank for beauty industry jobs. It is Alberta Beauty Industry- focused and contains up-to-date job listings in Alberta.
Post your resume in our Resume Bank.
Our resume bank allows you to upload your information for Alberta beauty industry employers to view. We respect your privacy and confidentiality, employers must have a verified account to view your resume.
We will help you with your career goals, including your resume! Call to book an appointment with our Career and Employment Consultant to discuss your career path.
Are you interested in a beauty industry job but lack the requirements? 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.
Our multiple choice questionnaire makes creating your BEAUTYPROfile a new fun way to look for work!
Once you create your BEAUTYPROfile, it will be posted on our website where hiring beauty industry employers can review your profile.
BEFORE UPLOADING…consider the following notes for protecting your identity when creating your beautyPROfile:
ESG will never ask you to include your social insurance number, full name, home address, driver’s license number, credit card or bank account numbers, or other personal identifying information on your beautyPROfile.
Cell phone numbers are generally unlisted, home phone numbers are not, therefore, provide your cell phone number instead of giving out your home phone number.
Creating an email address that doesn’t include your full name or other identifying information to be used only for your job search is the safest way to go.