On Monday June 4th, Mirror Images Cosmetology and Massage Student Clinic in Pittsfield is having its First Annual Cosmetology Graduate Showcase. There will be a live haircut and blowdry demonstration from 10:30am-11am, and then an Updo Contest featuring CHI & Biosilk products from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Salon owners and hiring managers from the community will be here to judge the contests, and the hope is that this will serve as a networking tool for our graduates.
This showcase is just one example of how Mildred Elley provides networking opportunities for students, even after graduation. Why should students and graduates come back to school and participate in these activities?
When you're looking for a job, in any field, you have to reach out to the people you know. Mildred Elley employs a team of people at every campus who network and form positive relationships with community businesses. This is a clear case of "It's what you know" AND "Who you know" that matters.
Keep Your Skills Fresh
Job hunting can take some time. Mildred Elley's goal is to have you placed in a job in your field as soon as your program ends. If this is not possible for some reason, you need to find ways to keep your skills fresh. Perhaps even more important, you need to keep your ability to SELL your skills fresh. When you come back to school for programs, open-houses, and professional development opportunties, you have things to add to your resume and opportunities to keep yourself ready to interview.
Protect/Build Your Reputation
The power of referral goes a long way. If you've shaken someone's hand at a showcase or a job fair, they are more likely to remember your name when your resume crosses their desk a month later. Perhaps you're applying for a job with someone you've never met, but you HAVE met someone they eat lunch with regularly, and you "Seem like someone worth bringing in for an interview." You have to be visible and do the work necessary to have your name known in different circles.
You know that little rush you'd get before a presentation, an exam, or a skill demonstration? Go too long without feeling that small sense of panic/excitement, you might be all nerves the next time you step up to the plate. The more opportunities you take to feel a bit of pressure and meet some new people, the more honed and sharpened you'll be when it comes to interview time.
Hope to see you there!