Although some pursue the aforementioned options, the majority of new cosmetology school graduates are eager to begin their craft by securing employment "behind the chair" as a cosmetologist in a full-service salon, where they can begin practicing the many skills they learned in school.
Recent cosmetology graduates who start working in a salon all have one common goal: to build their clientele.
New graduates often take longer to perform services on clients than more experienced cosmetologists, and because "time is money," they often need to develop ways to be more efficient with their time, and to stay on schedule so that they do not keep clients waiting.
Perfecting these skills comes with experience.
The first year of working in the salon is very much a learning experience.
Cosmetologists usually enjoy a varied and diverse clientele from all walks of life, ranging from young children to senior citizens. While many choose to focus on hair-related services, some cosmetologists will follow their interests in nails and skincare, and others will take in-depth training in specialty areas such as nail extensions, wigs, or electrolysis. Some cosmetologists will accept positions in salons and be compensated on a commission basis, while about 48% of all cosmetologists are self-employed independent contractors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So what's the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?