You’ve Graduated From Cosmetology School! Now What?

You completed your hours, you aced school and loved it and now, you’ve graduated. Now what? Graduating from school is always daunting because now, you’re in the world and have to figure out what to do from here. You’ve received your cosmetology license and are ready to beautify! But where do you start? What do you do now in this competitive nails and beauty industry?

Where to Start Consider Job Placement Services

Your nail school most likely has job placement services where they aid their students in finding their first job. Contact the admissions office or someone at the school to find out more. They can provide helpful tips, notify you of job openings and more. Think of it as doing research and do this early. Contact them before you even graduate, if possible, so you are ahead of the game!


No matter the career path, networking is always one of the best things you can do before and after graduation. Get to know nail salons and other salons in the nails and beauty industry and go in and visit them, talk with them and even try to work there part-time. Let them know who you are, what you love about the nails industry and when you expect to graduate. You’d be surprised how much that can help.

Apply, Apply, Apply

Sometimes you have to hear a few no’s before you hear a yes. That just comes with the territory of job hunting. Try to apply to salons in the area of where your school is. Chances are that they know of your school, the teachers and they know you are a local person. All of that may give you an in. Look online for job postings and go into some places or call; it’s possible that they don’t put anything online. The more places you apply to, the better chance you’ll have. Don’t limit yourself to just applying to salons in your city; broaden your horizons!

Learn Even More

Hundreds of other students are getting their licenses at the same time as you. There will be competition. If you can afford to do it, take another couple of classes in the nails and beauty industry. When you write up your resume or cover letter, your potential employers will see that and you will totally stand out. It will show how much more knowledgeable you are and how much more dedication you have to the industry than your peers.

Open Your Own Salon

It may best for you to work for someone else and learn more about the industry and build your clientele. But if you are a go-getter, opening your own small salon may be one of the best things you can do for yourself. But, beware because there is much more to running a nail salon that just creating pretty nails. Do your homework!

But no matter what path you choose, we know you will be successful!