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52 Steps to Your Success!
Come into the Career Services office and familiarize yourself with the staff and all of the resources that are available to you. Fill out and turn in an Information Request Form inquiring about any career related information that you have been curious about.
Begin researching different employment options within the massage therapy industry. Talk to the Career Services staff, your instructors, graduates of the program and employers about what is available and possible in the field.
Research the licensing laws governing massage therapy/skin care in the state(s) and/or cities that you are interested in working.
Pick up a new opportunity listing from the Career Services office. Highlight the jobs that most interest you and begin to make plans to contact the employers.
Make a statement of intention regarding your employment objectives. Use this statement to help you make specific goals and commitments regarding the fulfillment of your objectives.
Speak your goals to your fellow classmates, SEG staff and faculty, family members, and friends. Enlist their support and ask them to hold you accountable for your goals and commitments.
There are only 3 choices you have regarding your education: enrolling in advanced programs, opening a private practice, or seeking employment. Start focusing on what you want to do with your education and begin setting goals.
Set up a separate savings account specifically for licensure. Make a plan to make regular deposits and stick with it!
Begin working on an Action or Business Plan. Get feedback from your Professional Development instructor, your classmates, and your Career Services office.
Highlight information on your resume that will get you the job. If something seems superlative, then it probably is. Turn your skills into benefits.
Attend all of your classes. If you miss any, make-up the class as soon as possible. It is important to graduate on time so you can get out there and begin working!
Set goals for the number of people you will talk to about massage therapy/skin care and how your services can benefit them.
Conduct research on your own in order to make a well-informed decision about your career. Contact other professionals who are working in a situation similar to where you'd like to be.
Remember to send thank you notes to all people who have helped you in the job search process. You may need their help the next time you are looking for a job!
Carry a notepad with you when you interview and make notes on the experiences. You may forget what went right or wrong with an interview. If you note specifics, you can use them to better help you in the future.
Remember that as many as 70% of employers hire people they like based almost solely on demeanor and appearance, so always look and act like a professional!
Check in with your Career Services Advisor. Find out what's hot in the job market and what he/she can do to help you best conduct your job search.
Employers look for candidates that are willing to learn and are problem solvers. Make a list of any examples of your own problem solving skills. You will find that this will be invaluable material during the interviewing process.
Like anything worthwhile, job-hunting takes time and patience. Set weekly goals for the number of employers or opportunities you will be contacting and stick to it!
Follow up, follow up, follow up! Never leave a resume to do all of the work for you. You should always follow up on any resume left anywhere.
Whether you are interviewing for a job, talking with a client in the Clinical Internship, or chatting with a potential client in the supermarket, you should always be on purpose and looking to create a relationship with the person.
Attend any and all recruiting visits offered by the school. If you have the means, travel to events in other states as well.
Fully participate in your Clinic Internship shifts. Get as much hands-on practice as possible — this is what your new career as a massage therapist is all about. Strive for four or five clients per shift. Don't be afraid to use the Clinic Internship to receive client feedback about your work. Ask clients for their comments and addresses - there's no better place to start building a private client base.
Focus on where you need to work rather than on where you want to work. To truly be successful in this field you need to go where the jobs are or create the job you want.
Research advanced programs offered at your school. Talk with your Career Services Advisor and pick up a brochure. This may be the direction you need to take in order to fulfill your goals.
Practice interviewing with Career Services, a classmate, friend or family member. Mock interviewing is an excellent tool to help you to focus on the information you need for an interview.
Participate in any extracurricular activities being held by the school. Volunteer work is a great way to practice your massage and customer services skills. It also looks great on a resume.
During an interview, stay focused and calm. Give the interviewer your complete attention during the entire interview, from the moment you step into the facility until the moment you leave. Make sure that all the information that you provide the interviewer with is pertinent to you getting the job.
The Internet is an excellent tool to not only find jobs, but to also research various information concerning the market and massage therapy in general.
As with the Boy Scouts, a massage therapist/skin care specialists should always be prepared. Make sure you know exactly what is expected of you before an interview. Will you need to conduct a hands-on interview? If so, do you need to bring supplies? Will you be conducting a one-hour, hands-on interview or will it be shorter? These are questions you should be asking when you schedule an interview.
Remember that follow up is key to finding employment. Always follow up on any resume that has been mailed or faxed. Don't be afraid to ask for an interview.
Strive to go the extra mile this weekend in your Clinical Internship. The more sessions you conduct the better you become and the more marketable.
Visit a day spa and/or resort spa, a salon that offers massage/skin care, a professional clinic or a chiropractor that offers massage. If you have the means, receive a service. Get a feel for what the market offers and how the staff interact in these businesses.
If you plan on starting up your own practice, create a checklist of supplies and materials that you will need. Check out bodyworkmall.com and begin pricing your supplies.
Make a list of hot leads and cold leads. Systematically begin to contact your leads and make inquiries into job availability and/or potential clients.
Have at least three people read over your cover letter and resume. Ask for feedback and constructive criticism.
Whether in the Clinical Internship, at a volunteer event, during a hands-on interview, or when practicing massage professionally, always give your client a piece of advice that they can take with them. Whether it be suggesting a stretch or something along the lines of body mechanics or simply the idea of drinking a lot of water, giving your client advice helps build a bond and sense of trust. Customer service is key in building your reputation as a professional.
If you are planning on becoming Nationally Certified, make sure all of your required paperwork is in order. Meet with your Career Services Advisor to complete the application process.
Make a list of 5-10 attributes that you have that will benefit an employer. Add these to your resume.
Never let your business plan and/or resume become stagnant. You should be revisiting what you have written on a regular basis and making any changes or additions as necessary.
Make sure you keep in contact with the school to receive mailers from Career Services regarding Recruiting Visits, the segcareerservices.com web site, as well your classmates.
Exercise active listening skills. An effective therapist listens to his/her clients and assesses their needs. Listen to what your clients tell you. Do not decide what is best for them — let them tell you what is best for them and respect their input. Try asking more questions. If you need clarification ask the speaker to say more, give an example or explain further. Give feedback or paraphrase what you've heard.
Time management has always been a recurring topic for successful businesses. Make sure you are aware of your schedule and the time frame of your work. Give yourself plenty of time to set up and tear down and time to ground yourself as well.
Make space for creativity and innovation in your work. Allow your treatments to be your treatments and continue to build on your existing knowledge.
Whether working on your own or working for someone, it is important to continue to grow within the massage industry. Keep current on trends in the industry. Continue to conduct research or seek research from the Career Services office even after you graduate.
Stay in contact with your fellow classmates and instructors after you graduate. Networking has always been a "who you know" situation. Those individuals you already know now may become the people you need to know later for a job.
Always remember that an interview is a two-way street. As the company is interviewing you, you are interviewing them. Make sure the situation is what you are looking for or will help you get where you want to go.
Don't let a setback or breakdown derail you from your track to success. Revisit the goals and commitments you wrote down earlier in the program; refer to them to remind yourself of what you are committed to for your future. Acknowledge if something is a breakdown and then get back on track. One setback should not keep you from reaching your goals.
Attitude is key to getting a position or getting a client. Enthusiasm goes a long, long way. Get excited about what you are doing and share that excitement with others.
If you are planning on relocation for you new career, contact the Chamber of Commerce, the licensing board and/or a SEG graduate living in the area. Find out what the area is like, what the licensing requirements are and what the job market is like before you move.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T. S. Eliot
Posted by Victor Maritsas, National Director of Career Services