We may have come a long way since the shoulder-pad-wearing days of the 1980s, when the ideal of feminine strength was to create the silhouette of a linebacker, but we still have a lot to learn when it comes to securing a fair and equal working environment for women. Whatever our ideals may teach us, gender still makes a difference in the work place, even in an industry as female-dominated as cosmetology. Here are a few things for any woman to keep in mind when working toward business success:
- Be the most qualified. There’s no substitute for getting the best education possible and putting in your time at the office or salon.
- Open your mouth. According to Sexy Hair executive Donna Federici, “Women are more vocal, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near what it can be.” Raise your voice about the issues that you feel strongly about, and defend yourself with conviction whenever the need arises.
- Build a network. DUWOP CEO Laura Deluisa says, “In reality, we have to support each other to succeed. We are all on the same team. Our office is about 80% female, and I believe that because of this, there is a nurturing vibe that allows everyone to grow and learn.”
- Learn the culture. Many law schools provide golf lessons to their female students, since job offers are very often made on the green rather than in the office. Often, women who work right in male-dominated environments miss out on opportunities simply because they don’t play right. Where is the real moving and shaking happening in your industry? Start thinking outside the box.
In the beauty industry, it all begins with learning your trade from the very best in the business. To get started on your career, contact a cosmetology school in Arizona.