Finding a job today is more difficult than it was before for many reasons, one being that there is only one job opening for every two applicants.
If you’re looking to land barber shop jobs you may be wondering where a good place to start is or how to know what you’re looking for.
At Buckner Barber School, we take pride in training and educating tomorrow’s barbers through classroom instruction and real-world training. We believe barbering is a great career path.
Make sure to check out these helpful tips before you start looking for your first barber job.
1. Do Your Research
The first thing you’ll want to consider is what kind of shop you want to work at. Every barber shop is unique so it’s important to do some research to figure out what kind of settings and vibe appeal to you; what you’re looking for.
It would be a waste of time to apply for jobs at shops you don’t want to spend your time in.
To make the best use of your time, make a list of the barber shops you would want to work at and use it as a guide while applying for jobs.
2. Prepare and Be Ready
You can’t sell your professional barber skills without having proof of your work. That’s why it’s important to have a portfolio ready to show whenever someone asks for it.
Find photos of your best work to show your skills in a particular area or to showcase a wide range of styles you’re skilled at creating.
Make sure to have photos taken from different angles. It’s also best to show that you’re able to work with a wide variety of clients and hair types.
You’ll also want to get your references in order. Make sure to contact your professional references prior to applying for a job so your reference can be prepared.
3. Put Yourself Out There
Becoming a barber is as much about socializing as it is about skills. One great way to land a job at your dream barber shop is to become familiar with the environment and employees the old-fashioned way.
Is there a shop you love the look and feel of but you’re not sure how to get your foot in the door? Start by literally putting your foot in the door and getting to know the shop in person.
Keep your social skills sharp and keep it polite. You can start by getting your hair cut at the shop and chatting up your barber. Find out what it’s like to work there and what your barber’s experience has been like.
If you hit it off and have a good conversation that flows easily, don’t be afraid to explain that you’re also a barber and looking for a job. Opening up conversations like this can get the ball rolling on landing that job.
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Now you know some of the best tips to land those barber shop jobs you went to barber school for. Follow these tips to make your job search more organized and easier.
For more about finding barber jobs and barber school, make sure to check out our admissions page today.