CUT THE CRAP AND FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT
Your initial compilation will be quite large – you’re throwing out a web to capture information on, and to help identify, spas and salons which have piqued your interest in the past.
It may help to create a spreadsheet to store this data.
That list looking a bit overwhelming? Don’t worry, we’ll start paring down now…
Understand your passion
Take a step back and evaluate what your long-term goals are. Where do you want to end up? What do you want your career to look like in 5 years’ time? In 10?
What do you need to get there?
You need to be strategic in your job application process, because getting ‘stuck’ in a large company could keep you too busy to pursue your own dreams of owning a spa… or whatever your dreams may be.
By the same thought process, working in a small salon might not be a financially viable option if you plan on having kids.
What about a bucket list? Do you have one of those? Can any of these spas help you tick some of those items off?
Think about it.
Main Drawing Points
The next steps may take some research for you to form knowledgeable opinions. You’re wanting to be able to apply at least 3 of these points to each spa/salon for it to make your ‘targeted checklist’.
Your list should be quite a lot shorter now! If it isn’t – are you being specific enough? Have you really focused on your long-term goals?
Your spreadsheet could be broken up into:
Once you have your targeted employer checklist all sorted on your spreadsheet, it’s important to keep track of any communication you have with them. Note down any and all interactions like:
Beware of Being Blinded By 'The Dream'
Sometimes the ‘dream job’ isn’t always the dream… I’ll give you an example (or two):
I was working as a lecturer at a private college and it was amazing. Seriously. Idyllic even. The problem was – it was shutting down at the end of the year for good. Not so idyllic. So, the job hunt began.
After noticing an availability at another local college I immediately sent in my resume and waited… In the meantime, I saw a position opening up at a product house. Not just any product house – this one was internationally recognised as one of the best brands out there! The position included training of skin therapists new to the products as well as refresher training for the more experienced therapists. Right up my alley! I sent in my application and headed to the interview a few days later. With a fire of excitement and purpose in my belly, I strode into the interview room with the intention to blow them away with how perfect I was for the position… Except it didn’t work out like that.
The two ladies interviewing me were awful. Rude, condescending and just plain nasty. I couldn’t understand it – I’d never been in that kind of position before. How could a company with such a fantastic reputation have people like this doing their interviews? Turns out they would be my immediate superiors, and I was told (quite snootily) that there was no room for growth in the company once I became a trainer. Well, that, and the fact that I’d be dealing with them every day, decided it for me. I would not be accepting a position there.
Which left the other college I’d applied for… Went for that interview and aced it. Started a few weeks later and added to my knowledge-bank of ways to do classes and run a school. Saw there was a niche for short courses that still had the high standards of training in such a renowned college, and resigned.
The branch manager and I clashed big time and what had been a ‘dream job’ was now causing my hair to fall out (literally) from stress and anxiety. I was told in my exit interview with the HR manager that I’d been earmarked for a managerial position during my initial interview, which explained the animosity from the current manager, and also managed to bolster my confidence that I’d be able to open my own college. Which I did. Welcome to The Academy of Spa & Wellness ;)
Moral of those stories? Don’t be so blinded by ‘the dream’ that you put yourself in situations that will not help you in the long run.
If I’d taken the job at the product house I honestly think I would have eventually left the wellness industry for good. The other college wasn’t ideal after I actually took my rose-tinted glasses off, but it did help springboard me to what my real dream was – starting my own school.
Your targeted employer checklist can be added to and changed as your needs and dreams change. It is so vital to choose a brand that resonates with your own beliefs and plans in order to grow and develop in this industry.
What else do you think should be addressed? What would you add?