One of the most challenging aspects of running your own beauty studio is finding well qualified and skilled technicians to work for you. You need someone who knows what they are doing and who is passionate about lash extensions since they are one of the most popular services sought after today. So, how do you find the best of the best? Here are some tips to get you started.
Do the Right Kind of Advertising
Using advertising is an effective way to get the word out that you're hiring and should help bring potential eyelash experts to your door. A sign in the window of your salon is one of the easiest ways to let people know that you're looking for new hires. However, you should also use online and print resources to spread the word even further. Post on job websites, local newspaper circulars and hang paper copies of your advertisement in local shops and businesses. Be sure to include the position you're looking to fill as well as your contact information. A good advertisement will be colorful and eye-catching and should include the salary you're offering because many people forgo applying for a job that doesn't list how much it pays. Use resources like Canva to create beautiful, on-brand posters and social graphics. Groups like Lash Extensions 101 is a great place to find up and coming lash artists that may be looking for work!
Ask the Right Questions
If you've done your advertising properly, you now have several lash artist candidates to choose from. Finding the perfect one for your salon requires a conversation. Asking the right questions ensures that you find exactly who you're looking for. In addition to the basic questions that help you get to know each interviewee, you also want to find out about their strengths and weaknesses in terms of eyelash extension products and how familiar they are with using them to apply lashes. Red flags include a person who spends no time practicing or who isn't knowledgeable about techniques and tools. Find out where they were trained and contact the company to understand the thoroughness of their training. Ask each potential employee about their passions and how they work as a team. Make sure to also find out more about why they like the work of applying eyelashes. Remember that you can always teach skills, but you can't teach character and integrity. Ask a lot of open-ended questions that force interviewees to elaborate versus just giving a yes or no response.
Importance of Skill and Experience
It's true that everyone has to start somewhere, but when you hire a new lash technician for your salon, it's best to look for someone who has been trained properly and has the necessary skills. That person may or may not have just graduated from beauty school, but should be able to demonstrate basic skills, including how to work with the various types of eyelash extension products. Give your new hire a probationary period to be sure you've chosen the right person for your salon.
Watch this video from salon owner, Shelby Tarleton, to find out more about why hiring is so important and what to do after you've hired.