Well, you know it’s time to take the plunge in employing a trainee when you are having to turn away business left right and centre! And this is a great thing – it shows growth and it is exciting too…
Even though the client wants you, if you cannot possibly do the job, then offering her someone whom has been trained by you is the next best thing!! Bridal season can be full on, and I would hate to disappoint a bride on her wedding day!
So whilst I am no Alan Sugar by any means, (mainly ‘cos I’m much sweeter) there are certain things that I need to look for as a hair stylist or employer taking on an apprentice: Here are my top tips…
Number one and top of my list has to be: Personality! (Yes with a capital ‘P’). Your apprentice needs to be able to communicate with your clients and make them feel special, because they special! The key in hairdressing is learning to listen! We need to get from a client what it is they want, before we give our expert advice… to find out exactly what they expect from your hair service that you provide.
Many clients talk to you about their personal life, and even private problems, and so it is vital that you are understanding, that you can empathize – but most importantly, you must be discreet, non-judgmental, understanding, and treat everything they say as confidential!
So having a apprentice who can communicate and be discreet and professional at all times is a must!
I look for bubbly, confident and friendly people to work with, and most of all somebody who is reliable! Remember their reputation is your reputation and you cannot afford to have all of your hard work compromised. YOu want your apprentice to have an eagerness to learn and put themselves out there… so lots of enthusiasm.
Sometimes as creative people climbing the ladder to success, you have to select your work, as well as sometimes do some things for free, and so I would expect the same effort from my apprentice, and it wont be long before she too is an expert in her field, perhaps taking on a trainee of her own.
Thanks, Vicki x