4 Ways Blogging Can Help You Build A Clientele

Salon Success Academy and SpaI was featured on Salon Success Academy’s blog, Beauty Buzz recently. They wanted to know, based on my own professional experience and expertise, what sort of advice I’d have for their readers. Since blogging and skincare are my specialty, I talk about how I used my own blog to build up my business and professional experience over the last four years. Even though my career path isn’t a traditional one for an esthetician, I still consider myself successful because I’m doing exactly what I love to do in an industry that I find exciting and truly enjoy to the core.

Be sure to check out the 4 Ways Blogging Can Help You Build A Clientele. Trust me, it’s probably a whole lot easier than you think. Hope you enjoy the post!


What to Expect When Going to Beauty School

Salon Success AcademySeveral of my readers out there are considering going to beauty school. It’s such a big, tough and expensive decision to make. Trust me, I know. I had to make the same decision myself over four years ago. To this day, I’m so happy I went to beauty school. I now have a career I’m proud of and a job I love. It’s true when they say if you love your job, you’ll never work a single day in your life.

I recently asked Salon Success Academy to share with my blog readers their insight on what to expect when going to beauty school. What types of programs are available? What will you learn and how will you learn it? Who will you meet? What’s State Board and how do you prepare for it? Here’s what they had to say:

Do you have a passion for beauty? Have you always wanted a career helping others look and feel beautiful? You can, with an exciting career in the beauty industry!

You might be wondering how you can get there. A beauty school can provide you with the in-depth knowledge and hands-on training you’ll need to kick start a successful career. Here’s what to expect when going to beauty school:

Programs Vary
There are all sorts of programs that can cater to your passions. Do you love makeup? Have you always had an interest in proper skincare? Or, do you see yourself working in a barbershop? Beauty schools offer a wide variety of programs from cosmetology and esthetics to barbering. Choose a program that suits you and your goals. For example, a cosmetology program includes curriculum about hair cutting, coloring, and styling, facials, manicuring, and makeup application. An esthetics program, on the other hand, concentrates primarily on skincare. You’ll learn all about skin anatomy, physiology, and sanitation that’ll enable you to perform facials, body treatments, hair removal, and much more! You might even decide to become a medical esthetician which means you could work in a medical setting and perform treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser hair removal.

Learn by Doing
Beauty school and the learning process should take place both inside and outside the classroom. At the beginning, you’ll primarily practice on a mannequin, but you’ll also get valuable hands-on instruction. You’ll even be able to perfect your technique on real clients! Beauty schools often have its own salon that offers services to the local community. You’ll work under the direct supervision and guidance of your instructors, but you’ll get to practice your techniques, customer service skills, and business etiquette. The client consultation is an important part of providing quality customer service and the best way to boost your confidence and polish your skills is to learn by doing.

You’ll Meet All Sorts of People
All sorts of people decide to attend beauty school for different reasons and at different stages of their lives. One classroom could have a mixture of working moms and recent high school graduates. This diversity presents the perfect opportunity to build your professional network. Utilize social media, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to say in touch, even after you graduate.

State Board Preparation
To work in the beauty industry, you must first pass the State Board exam. An accredited beauty school will help you prepare for both the written and practical portions. Enlist the help of staff and instructors for their advice. Requirements vary by state, so check yours for more information.

Schools Vary
There are beauty schools all over the country! Find a school that’s accredited, meaning you can have peace of mind knowing your education will be held to a high standard. The one you choose shouldn’t just have a convenient location to where you live, but it should also be a place you look forward to going to every day. Many beauty schools offer flexible class schedules and full time or part time enrollment options. Before you enroll, speak to an admissions specialists and take a tour. Make a list of your goals and expectations. Also, be sure to openly discuss any concerns you have. Find the school that’s right for you!

Salon Success Academy is a beauty school with five convenient locations across the Inland Empire in California. They offer programs with hands-on training and preparation for the State Board exam. To learn more, visit their website or check out their Beauty Buzz Blog.


What is True U Education?

TrueU_Education_LogoOne question I get asked a lot by blog readers who have already graduated from beauty school, passed the state exam, have their esthetician license and are now working in the industry is, “What about advanced education?” How does an esthetician keep learning in this industry? Where does an esthetician go to keep learning after graduating from beauty school?

In the state of California, you’re considered a licensed esthetician after you’ve completed 600-hours of lecture and hands-on training and have passed both the written and practical state exam. In some states like Washington, you’re now considered a licensed esthetician after you’ve completed 750-hours of lecture and hands-on training and have passed both the written and practical state exam. With all of the different types of treatments estheticians can offer under their license, it often seems like 600 or even 750 hours just isn’t enough time to cover everything a person might need to know in order to be a successful esthetician.

That’s where schools like True U Education come in. True U is where beauty school ends and advanced training for a licensed esthetician begins. Located in Chicago, Illinois, True U offers a number of esthetics, laser, skin care and business building classes to licensed estheticians and skincare professionals. Developed by Steven H. Dayan M.D. FACS and Terri A. Wojak with over 20 years of combined experience working in the aesthetics industry, they created an advanced esthetic education center that provides aesthetic professionals with the knowledge they need to succeed in the medical industry while working within their scope of practice.

In February 2015, True U Education released their online training programs, making advanced skincare specialization accessible to aesthetic professionals with a Wi-Fi or Internet connection. The first online course to be made available is also one of True U’s most popular courses, Aesthetic Laser & Light Therapies: Physics & Safety. This comprehensive 12-hour online laser course is designed to cover topics such as the study of aesthetic lasers, physics and safety, ultimately providing students with the knowledge needed to succeed as a laser professional.

True U Laser is open to anyone working in the aesthetic industry that is looking to gain knowledge of laser and light therapy treatments. Even those that do not perform lasers can benefit from the knowledge on differing technologies to educate clients. Skincare professionals may assist medical providers by offering pre- and post-treatment skin care. Knowing what each laser is actually doing to the skin, including healing times, will help an esthetician best recommend treatments and products to their clients for optimal results and answer questions clients may have about these services and the science behind them.

True U was kind enough to ask me to check out the new Aesthetic Laser & Light Therapies: Physics & Safety online course and let them know what I think. The course covers six chapters with topics such as:

How Lasers Work
Treatment Indications
Cosmetic Lasers
Consultation and Treatment Considerations
Laser Classifications
Laser Safety

There’s a quiz after each chapter, two review tests and one final exam. The online course also includes 19 laser treatment videos, a comprehensive aesthetic terms glossary practice case studies, a 41-page workbook to take notes in during the course and a downloadable version of Part 5 – Laser and Light Therapy from Terri Wojak’s book, Aesthetics Exposed.

Students are encouraged to go through the entire 12-hour online course at their own pace. It’s important to go through each section of the program slow enough to absorb all of the information. Trust me, there’s a lot of good information stuffed into this course! If needed, students can watch each of the videos as many times as they like.

This is my first weekend of diving into the True U Lasers online course and I’ve already completed chapter one through three. I’ve taken all three of the chapter quizzes – passing with a 90% and passed the first comprehensive test, passing with an 80%. Upon completion of the course, I’ll not only have received a wealth of knowledge about laser and light therapy treatments, but I’ll be issued a Laser Physics Certificate from True U Education and be able to complete my full review of the course here on my blog.

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Should I Become a Master Esthetician in the State of Washington?

Should I Become a Master EstheticianI’ve been asking myself this question for the last six months. Currently I’m a licensed esthetician in the state of California. My California esthetician license states that I have 600 hours of instruction and have passed both the written and practical exam. The issue is that in the state of Washington, there’s now a master esthetician license, but it’s 1,200 hours. This license covers everything from facials, face/body waxing and spray tanning to medium depth chemical peels, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, micro-needling and IPL treatments. Super fun stuff and certainly well beyond the scope of training I received in California. Since I wasn’t grandfathered into the Washington system before December 2014, I’d have to complete the full 1,200 hours in order to get the master esthetician license. My 600 hours that I’ve already earned and paid for in California won’t count towards this license at all. I’d basically have to start over from scratch in hours and tuition. Ugh.

I’m in the process of getting a Washington esthetician license, with the help of my current California esthetician license. To do this, I first needed to have my California license verified and certified by the Washington State Department of Licensing. To complete this step, I had to make sure my current California license was currently in good standing (which it is), visit the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s website and submit a Certification Request. This meant completing the Request for Certification of a California License form, printing it out, signing and sending it in with a $10 check.

Then I had to contact the Washington State Department of Licensing to complete an application form – the Barber, Cosmetologist, Esthetician or Manicurist License Renewal, Reinstatement, Out-of-State, or Reciprocity Application and check the “reciprocity” box on the form. I then printed out the form, signed it and sent it in with a $50 check. Now I have to play the waiting game while California and Washington talk to each other and verify my esthetician license. The cool thing is once this process is done, I’ll have both a California and Washington esthetician license. Applying for a Washington license won’t affect your license in another state.

Once I have a valid esthetician license in the state of Washington, I’ll then need to decide if getting the master esthetician license will be worth the time and money for me and my career goals. Currently in my professional position, I don’t need an esthetician license because I don’t touch skin for a living. I work in marketing, managing social media, email campaigns, the website and blog for a medical spa. Even though having an esthetician license isn’t necessary in my current position, it has proved to be invaluable with all of the research and writing I do about the services and treatments we offer in all of our clinics.

The only reason why I’d like to get a master esthetician license is to further advance myself as a professional within the skincare industry. I don’t currently have any interest in working in a treatment room performing facials, facial/body waxing, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, micro-needling or spray tanning. I do have an interest in learning everything I can about this industry because I enjoy it and would love to eventually expand my blog to market myself as a marketing and social media expert for other, fellow estheticians out there. Who knows, maybe after I start school, my interests might change and I’ll want to work in a medical setting as a licensed esthetician. That’s originally what I wanted to do when I first went to beauty school in California.

What would you do if you were me? Do you think it’s worth investing the time and money to further advance myself as an expert within this industry? I’m stumped and would love to hear what you think.




What is the Master Esthetician License?

Skin Inc MagazineDid you know that as of January 1, 2015, Washington state rolled out a new licensing law for estheticians? The current esthetician training went from 600 hours to 750 hours from a licensed school, in addition to taking and passing a written and practical exam administered by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL), to allow for new technology and additional practice and theory for students while their in school. This license will no longer allow the use of laser or medium-depth chemical peels.

As of the beginning of this year, there’s also a brand, new 1,200-hour master esthetician license in Washington state. A master esthetician will now be licensed to operate lasers and perform medium-depth chemical peels. This is great news for estheticians in the state of Washington who want to work in a medical setting with doctors, medical spas and clinics.

Check out this great article from Skin Inc Magazine, where they talk more in detail about what exactly these new laws mean for estheticians in Washington and how educators fought hard to get them voted into place:

Washington State’s New Licensing Law for Estheticians




What is Medical Aesthetics?

medical aestheticsA lot of readers looking to get into the world of aesthetics send me emails or comments asking how they can get into medical aesthetics. The term medical aesthetics comes up frequently in the aesthetics world, but what exactly does it mean? Before talking about what medical aesthetics is, it’s important to understand what an esthetician is and what they do.

An esthetician is a trained professional whom is licensed to treat skin topically and cosmetically within the first five outer layers of the skin, known as the epidermis. An esthetician’s level of skin treatment stops where the blood flows – at the epidermis and right before the dermis. When it comes to the dermis layer of the skin and beyond, the skin has to be treated by a medical professional.

Estheticians – both spa estheticians and estheticians working in medical aesthetics – perform a variety of treatments within the epidermis including facials, facial massages, various hair removal techniques, body wraps and makeup applications. The differences between a spa esthetician and an esthetician working in medical aesthetics is the type of training they’ve received, the types of treatments they perform and the environment they work in. Both types of estheticians are focused primarily on improving a patient’s looks from a cosmetic point of view. A spa esthetician is focused more on pampering a client during their treatment whereas an esthetician working in medical aesthetics is more focused on helping to improve the skin’s appearance and helping people whose skin has been affected by disease, trauma or a pre op or post op medical procedure with treatments that provide noticeable results in a short amount of time.

Estheticians are not doctors, dermatologist, surgeons or physicians. They cannot legally prescribe medication, give medical advice or perform any sort of medical treatments.

What Is Medical Aesthetics?
Medical Aesthetics is considered to be a specialized form of advanced clinical skincare management that gives clients/patients the choice in how they manage their various skin conditions without the use of medications, surgery, laser treatments or injections.

Who Works in Medical Aesthetics?
Estheticians who work in medical aesthetics are skincare specialists who perform noninvastive or minimally invasive beauty/skincare treatments that don’t require surgery or lasers. These estheticians may have a healthy profession background, such as nursing. Estheticians working in medical aesthetics typically work in a medical setting such as a plastic surgeon’s office, dermatologist office, a medical spa, in a hospital, clinic or laser center assisting medically trained professionals.

Types Of Treatments
Medical aesthetic patients/clients are looking to receive treatments that provide noticeable results in a short amount of time. These types of treatments may include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facials, body contouring and camouflage makeup application. Depending on the type of training the esthetician has and the state the esthetician performs their work in, estheticians who work in medical aesthetics might also perform radio frequency skin rejuvenation to reduce sun damage, age spots, rosacea and broken capillaries. They may also provide various cosmetic laser treatments such as laser vein removal, laser tattoo removal, laser acne scar removal and/or laser hair removal.

Medical Aesthetics Training
In many states, estheticians don’t need to have a medical background to perform medical aesthetic treatments. The required training to perform these types of treatments typically consists of a short course that includes classroom education covering safety and science along with hands-on clinical training.

Most estheticians learn how to perform these types of treatments while on the job. A couple of major benefits for an esthetician to learn on the job is that they don’t have to incur training costs or wait for a specific course to be offered in their area. They can receive training immediately. The biggest setback for on the job training is that the esthetician is limited to one type of training style (that of whomever is training them) and one specific type of equipment (which ever piece of equipment is being used at their office.)

If an esthetician is able to receive training from a comprehensive course, they’ll be able to learn from several different instructors who will provide training on multiple pieces of equipment. The esthetician receiving training through a course, as opposed to on the job training, will be exposed to a wider range of experience from their instructors, giving them the ability to help make educated decisions early on in their career.


Resume 101 for Graduates and Newly Licensed Estheticians

IMG_2226Completed your 600 undergraduate hours? Check. Passed State Board? Check. Have a solid resume to land you the job of your dreams in a spa or salon? Err, not quite.

One question that I get asked all the time by my blog readers is: “How in the heck am I suppose to put together a resume if I’m a newly licensed esthetician without any professional, industry experience?”

This is a great question! One I even asked myself towards the end of my own Esthetics program back in 2010. I’ve always had a current, professional resume and have updated it depending on the current job I was applying for. When I left the world of bartending behind and decided to take a leap into the beauty industry, I had to give my resume as I knew it and give it a complete overhaul. I now had the challenge of taking all of my professional experience over the last eight years as a bartender and organizing it into a resume that would convince a potential employer within the beauty industry to hire a newbie like me. Where do you start when creating a resume for a job you don’t have any professional industry experience in yet?

Just go back to basics and highlight what you DO have. For this post, I pulled up all three of my resumes that I’ve had over the last three years, starting with the first resume I created when I first graduated from beauty school. This was the same resume that started it all for me and helped me land the job at Sephora as a Beauty Advisor. For what I lacked in professional industry experience, I made up for it with a clean, well-organized resume that highlighted the skills I already had along with the new skills I picked up in beauty school.

When it comes down to it, all resumes have four main sections: contact information, an objective, previous employment experience and education information. Resumes can be formatted in an infinite amount of ways. Do a Google search on “resumes” and you’ll get thousands of different resume variations. Resumes can also have additional sections for things such as skills or references. I suggest keeping it simple for your first resume. As you build up your work experience within the industry, you can go back and tailor your resume to fit all of your newfound skills and experience. For now, you just want to get your foot in the door.

Contact Information
Your contact information should always include your first and last name, your current mailing address, phone number and an email address. This information should always be at the top of your resume. Up top, front and center. It might even be a good idea to increase your first and last name slightly and make them bold. You want your name to stand out on your resume so that it’s easy for potential employers to identify who you are from all of the other information you choose to include on your resume.

Word to the wise with the email address: keep it professional! SexyBaby69@aol.com might have worked while you’re in high school, but employers wont take you seriously unless you have a professional email address. If you don’t already, now is a great time to sign up for a free email service such as yahoo, gmail or hotmail. It’s always a good idea to pick something close to your name. Try to  incorporate your first and last name into your email address. If using your first and last name isn’t an available option with that provider, try using the first letter of your first name and last name or first name, middle initial and last name. You want to make it easy for a potential employer to contact you for an interview. You also want to come across as being professional in the process.

Some people are firm believers in always having an objective on their resume. I can go either way. On my first resume, I choose to include an objective because I was making a career change from eight years as a bartender to working in the beauty industry. I wanted to state clearly on my resume what type of position I was seeking out because none of my previous work experience had ever been in the beauty industry.  If you are applying for a specific position, make sure that your objective states the position you’re applying for and why you want to apply for the position or what you’re looking to gain from that position. Keep it clear, concise and to the point. Your objective shouldn’t be longer than a sentence.

For Example:
Objective – To join the Sephora Field Support Center as a Beauty Advisor where I can offer my strong work ethic and customer service skills while further advancing my cosmetic artistry knowledge.

If you are a new beauty school graduate or newly licensed esthetician, you’ll want to highlight your information in the Education section. This section is going to contain all of your most recent, relevant professional experience within the beauty industry. You’ll want to first start by having the full name of your school, the time span that you were in school (could be month/year or just the year you were in school), specify the program you were in (Cosmetology or Esthetics) and list bullet points that highlight all of your major achievements and any additional training you received while in school.

For Example:
Completed 600-Hour Esthetics Program, Graduated 2010

For the bullet points, you’ll want to include things such as any awards you earned, additional classes you took that weren’t part of the normal curriculum, clubs or organizations you participated in at school and any externships you took part of before graduating. If you had an impeccable attendance record, you’ll want to make that a bullet point as well. If you were a retailing superstar on the salon floor while you were in school, you’ll want to include what your average sales tickets were for the services you performed and the retail your clients took home. If you were a visionary and did anything above and beyond the typical curriculum in beauty school, you’ll want to make sure these activities are also reflected on your resume.

If you attended any other education in addition to beauty school such as college or high school, you’ll want to include that information in the Education section of your resume. Simply state the name of the school you attended, the city and state it’s located in, your area of study and your graduation date, as long as you graduated. Note – Only add either high school or college to the Education section. You don’t need to add both to your resume.

Employment Experience 
When it comes to deciding on the order of sections on your resume, choose the section you have the most recent, relevant experience in first. If you just graduated from beauty school and have never worked in the beauty industry, you’ll want to put the Education section higher up on your resume and your Employment Experience underneath. Later on down the road as you gain relevant, professional experience within the industry, you’ll want to switch the order of these two sections.

For Employment Experience, list your last three jobs, in order from the most recent job to the the last. Each job should include the company’s full name, the city and state in which the company is located in, your position at that company, the timespan of when you worked for the company and 5 to 8 bullet points describing what you did in that position. Be sure to use words such as “administers”, “responsible for”, “managed”, “executes”, “develops” and/or “facilitates” when describing the different tasks you completed while working in that position.

Hopefully once you’ve included all of the above information, you’ll have a one-page resume. Your resume should not be any longer than one page and should only be one-sided. Choose one font. Always proofread your resume. Don’t rely on spellcheck. Re-read your resume out loud to double-check for spelling and grammatical errors. Once you’ve checked your resume, give it to two other people and ask to have them proofread it for you. There’s nothing worse than handing your resume to a hiring manager only to find that you’ve misspelled something on your resume. Remember, you only have one chance to make a good, first impression.


What’s Your Greatest Strength and Biggest Weakness?

interviewI think the toughest thing for me in any job interview is having to talk about myself. I’m pretty comfortable with talking about myself to my own friends and family members. Who isn’t? It can be challenging when you’re trying to convince someone you don”t know why they should give you the job over someone else. It can be even tougher when trying to convince an interviewer how awesome and skilled you are when you’re in the midst of making a career change.

Job interviews are stressful, no matter how you dice it. Half the battle is being prepared. Once you’ve done your research on the company you’re interviewing with and the position you’re interviewing for, it’s important to think about the types of questions you could be asked during the interview. You don’t want to memorize your answers, but you should have an idea on how you would answer certain questions, before the interview.

One of my favorite questions to ask job candidates during an interview is:

What is your greatest strength? What’s your greatest weakness?

Your greatest strengths should consist of skills and previous job experiences you have that qualify you for the position you’re interviewing for. This is your chance to shine in the interview and tell them how amazing of an employee you are.

Your greatest weaknesses should showcase skills you’ve improved upon in either your current or previous job. You could also discuss how you managed to turn a negative situation into a positive one. Always focus on the positive during an interview. You want to show the interviewer how you are able to save the day with your positive solutions and forward-focused thinking!

When I went from bartending to working for Sephora, I didn’t have any professional beauty industry experience other than my four months in beauty school. My lack of professional experience was a weakness. How was I going to convince this huge corporation that I would be an amazing Beauty Advisor? I made a list of tasks and skill sets that I had acquired from bartending and applied them to the Beauty Advisor position. Turns out I already had a number of strengths from bartending that qualified me to be a Beauty Advisor. I came up with three key areas that I would focus on during my interview: sales, customer service and flexibility.

I knew being a Beauty Advisor would involve sales. I would be paid to talk to clients all day long, answering questions about products and helping them place their order over the phone. No problem! As a bartender, I was responsible for selling drinks all night long. The more drinks I sold, the more tips I’d make. I learned and perfected the art of up-selling a drink to anyone who sat at my bar, which ultimately translated into higher sales in the register and more tips in my tip jar.

Customer Service
Proving my customer service skills was easy. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, customer service is customer service. Being a bartender for eight years, I was in the people business. I learned how to have a conversation with anyone who was drunk or sober. I figured out how to handle sticky situations with intoxicated customers like a pro. My personality helped me build up a repeat clientele in the bars I worked at. My patience level helped me keep my cool when dealing with some of the crazies that would come in every now and then.

Since the Beauty Advisor position was designed to be a seasonal position, I had to be very flexible with my schedule. That meant being able to adapt to whatever start time they might need me to work: 5am, 6am, 7:30am or 11am. It also meant being willing to work weekends and holidays. This wasn’t a problem for me. When you bartend, there are no holidays or weekends. There also aren’t any sick days or paid vacations. I was already used to not having Saturdays and Sundays off and I almost always had to work on holidays, even Christmas.

Even though I lacked professional experience in the beauty industry, it didn’t mean that I wasn’t qualified to be a Beauty Advisor. I was able to show the good folks at Sephora that even though I was fresh out of beauty school, my passion for the industry along with my experience as a bartender for the past eight years would make me a great asset to their team.


What Do You Like Most About Your Current Job?

Job_SatisfactionDuring any job search, it’s important to consider the interviewing process and the questions employers love to ask job candidates during an interview. Some of you out there might be in the process of interviewing for your dream job or trying to land your first job in the beauty industry so you might find this information very helpful.

Acing an interview is the key to landing any job. You only have a small amount of time to introduce yourself, show off your skill set and convince the employer why they should hire you for the position. There are lots of factors that go into how an employer decides on who they hire. It’s not just about first impressions (were you on time?), but also about how you handle yourself during the interview. Did you do your research on the company you’re interviewing for? Did you come prepared with questions to ask about the company or the position? Did you look the part? How did you answer the questions asked? Were your answers well-thought out or did you sweat your way through them with a lot of “I don’t knows” or “I’d never really thought about thats”?

For me, I’ve come up with a list of ten questions or so that I like to ask job candidates during an interview. It’s not that there is anything special about asking ten questions. I just feel that when I ask my list of questions, I can get a good read on the type of professional experience the person has had, the skills they’ve picked up along the way, what type of employee they might be and how they will mesh with the rest of the team and the business’s culture. I’ve also found that having a set list of questions provides telling information about the candidate and shows them how they respond under pressure.

One of the questions I like to ask an applicant during any job interview is:

What do you like the most about your current job…and what do you like the least?

When I ask this question, I always get the most interesting answers. I think its why I love asking it so much. Sometimes, applicants answer right away with things like their co-workers, stability within the position, location and their clients. I’ve also had applicants respond right away with answers like being employed or having a steady paycheck. For this question, I want an applicant to give their answer some serious thought. Their answer is going to tell me what their biggest work priority is. When someone says that the favorite part about their current job is having a steady paycheck, it tells me that they really don’t care about their job. There’s no passion, no desire for growth and the only thing really keeping them there is that they get paid every two weeks. I want a job candidate who’s hungry for the position. Someone who is going to make a positive difference on the team. A team player who’s excited to come into work everyday. I can train someone to do a set of tasks, but I can’t train someone to be passionate about their job.

Asking a job candidate what they like least about their current job always throws them for a loop. This question is one that people will usually take their time to answer. You have to be careful. You want to impress the job interviewer with your experience and industry knowledge, but you also don’t want to be negative. It’s important to be honest when answering this question, but it’s imperative that you also remain forward focused in your answer. Going through a list of excuses on why you were fired from previous jobs is not the answer you ever want to give to a potential employer. The best answer to give to this question would be one where you were able to identify a problem in a previous position and how you came up with an effective and positive way to solve it. No job is ever perfect. Employers know that, but if you can prove to them that you are a problem solver, you’ll certainly catch their interest.

Let’s face it, interviewing for a job is stressful. Preparation is key! The more you prepare yourself with having an idea of the types of questions that can be asked during an interview and knowing how to answer them, you’re more likely to ace the job interview and land the job.



What Are You Looking for in Your Next Job?

CareerThis week, I added on the task of interviewing job candidates for the service desk. We have such a dynamic team at the desk already. We’re in search of another exceptional person to join the team, someone who will fit perfectly. The quest has begun to find an amazing individual who’s responsible, a true professional, loves the industry, can multitask, be proactive, has an upbeat, positive energy, loves people and is fun to work with.

To help find the missing link to our already dynamic service desk team, I have created a list of my own top job interview questions I like to ask each applicant. These questions give me an overall sense of who a person is, what type of worker they are, what type of worker they will be and how they might or might not fit in with our team.

Another question I always like to ask any applicant is:

What are you looking for in your next job that you aren’t getting now?

The answer to this question gives me an idea of what this person is striving to achieve in their next career move. The answer to this question will give me an idea of what their passions and strengths are. It will also give me an indication of how serious they are about this position and how long they might want to be part of the team.

If I’m really interested in the applicant, I’m already thinking about how I can grow their role at the business in the future. For these types of applicants, I want to have a sense for all of the different types of tasks and projects I can potentially give them. This is the main reason why I like to ask this question.