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INSIDE JUNE 2012 SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORY with our readers for a chance to win a $50 restaurant gift certificate. Send your job success story and a photo to before June 30, 2012. WIN 50 $ DINNER GIFT CERTIFICATE LEARN MORE ➧ GET THE JOB Make your next interview a slam dunk 3 Does B.C.’s apprenticeship system need an overhaul? 5 How to create a more effective resumé 5 See the new youth job program at work 6 Northern job opportunities forcing employers to find new ways to attract workers 7 Beautiful jobs Kick-start your career as a hairstylist, esthetician or registered massage therapist BY NOA GLOUBERMAN If you’re looking for work in the beauty industry, a new website – – may be able to help. The website connects job seekers with leading hair salons, spas and fashion-industry employers across Canada and the United States. “Whether you’re looking for an exciting new job as a hairstylist, fashion merchandiser, makeup artist or beauty therapist, we have it all on our site,” according to “It’s 100% free for job seekers.” The free resumé posting also includes the option to upload a short video to showcase your portfolio of work to potential employers. As of press time, included job postings for estheticians, hairstylists and massage therapists in the Lower Mainland. We wondered what experience and training it would take to land one of these “beautiful” jobs. ESTHETICIAN An esthetician is a professional licensed in the service of makeup applications, facials and hair removal. The first step in becoming an esthetician is to enroll in a program that will certify you to perform a range of treatments and services for clients. Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre ( offers an esthetics/spa therapist diploma that, in addition to the necessary theoretical and technical knowledge needed to succeed, will teach you to deliver “a total experience that leaves the client feeling pampered, healthy, glowing, relaxed and renewed.” Photo DREAMSTIME Community Mental Health and Addictions Worker diploma program It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is. – Hermann Hesse In partnership with PHS Community Services Society and the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, this unique curriculum has been prepared to support individuals with mental heath challenges and addictions. Based cally designed to prepare students – philosophically, mentally/intellectually, emotionally, and experientially – for a successful career with longevity and the potential for advancement. Apply for a full tuition scholarship Change your life today! In partnership with: Call today: 604-580-2772 · Over 94% of our grads are employed in their field of study within 6 months of graduation. The program includes courses in makeup, nails, skin- and body-care services, massage, eco beauty (organics, sustainable practices), wellness/ wellbeing (yoga, meditation, detoxification), medi spa (cosmetic rejuvenation and lasers), spa management and entrepreneurship, art and technology, and life coaching. According to the school, a number of inherent skills can also help you succeed as an esthetician, including a motivating need to service and help people and the ability to create effective communication and positive emotional connections with clients. “The realization for the esthetics professional is that the creation of “beauty” is more than skin deep. Estheticians must attend not only to the surface but also to the internal, to one’s overall sense of wellness and wellbeing. … The esthetics program at the Blanche Macdonald Centre is designed to enhance your ability to reach people with confidence, warmth, and respect.” HAIR STYLIST In British Columbia, many employers require trade certification to work as a hairstylist. Obtaining a certification of qualification will go a long way in helping you to get a job in the field. There are two ways to gain proper certification as a hairstylist through the Cosmetology Industry Association of BC (www. The first requires you to complete a training program at an accredited school and get 1,500 hours of training, after which you can write an exam to obtain a certification of qualification. see Hands-on page 2

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