So you’ve done all the hard work on your barbering course with us here at London School of Barbering and now the fun part starts; launching yourself into the barbering industry and getting yourself a barber career – we love hearing the success stories of all of our past students. It is an exciting time for you, but there is no doubt that it can be as equally nerve wrecking.
One thing that is assuring for you is that you have received training from a trusted barber institute, that is recognised for its high standards of barber training, so this will be very beneficial for you during your barber job search and will help you stand out from the crowd! Remember to stress that you have completed over 100 haircuts on your barbering course, this will also work in you favour, as barbershops want to see practical experience as opposed to experience of only cutting on head blocks.
One thing worth noting is that you should not get too obsessed with waiting around for that dream barber job you may be set on, as this will all come with time and experience. Instead the best approach to take is to snatch any opportunity offered to you – as this is the start of your barber career, you need to be doing one thing – lots and lots of cutting!
We have carefully put together significant advice and tips on what to expect from your first trade test, how to search for a barber job, interviews, your CV, things to take into consideration if you take on a self-employed barber position, along with different pay structures and what will be best suited to you. All of this information will aim to make the process of finding a barber job simpler, less stressful and achievable. You will be aware that as a London School of Barbering student, you are registered on our very own jobs site, and will be notified when a new job advert is posted. Making sure you use all of our expert tips we will be providing you with below, when applying for these jobs you get notified about, will sure improve your chances of getting the job!
As well as being able to provide your strong technical barbering techniques that you have developed here at London School of Barbering, you need to be able to perform as a professional barber, who your clients can trust. You will learn a great deal of personal information about you clients. It is crucial that they can rely on your discretion. If your clients don’t feel like they can trust you, you will damage your reputation and they won’t come back for another cut.
Like any new industry you train in, there will be the barrier of potential employers looking for candidates with a minimum of 1-2 years experience when you look for a job after graduation. So expect to hear 5 no’s for every 1 yes. Once you are aware of this, it is not such a shock and you will be able to deal with it better. The key to overcoming this is by showing employers your ability, personality and understanding, (especially your superb technical barbering skills you have attained from London School of Barbering).
The key to getting a trade test is to knock on as many doors as possible – this is something that we cannot stress enough!
For every barber job you apply for, you will be expected to do a trade test to demonstrate your technical skills. You will be asked to complete haircuts (typically 1 clipper and 1 scissor cut), you may also be asked to do beard trims or wet shaves. Not only do you want to show off your technical skills, but you also what to show that you have taken the time to prepare for the interview. Do research including checking out the salon/barber website, price list, names of staff, how the business has been operating and what services they offer).
Typical Questions You Could Be Asked At Your Trade Test?
- Why did you choose to become a barber?
- What are your technical strengths and weaknesses?
- Why should I employ you?
Trade Test TIPS
- Do not spend more than 45 minutes on a cut.
- Act confident, friendly and comfortable around clients.
- Be prepared and arrange 4 friends/family show up for your trade test who allow you to cut their hair
- Smile and make eye contact when you are talking to staff and clients
- Ask questions – this will show you are eager and confident.
- Look presentable and well groomed
Job Searching Advice
Applying for a barbering job is slightly different to searching for other jobs. Your options are to apply online, by phone or to send a C.V, but we would advise you to walk into a barbershop/salon and meet the owner and employers face to face. This gives you a chance to sell yourself more and will give shop owners the opportunity to see you in action.
Gather a list of the barbershops you would like to work for. Call them up and politely ask to speak to the person who deals with the employment. Introduce yourself and be honest about your experience, show them that you are wiling to learn. Offer to bring in a model and ask when would be a convenient time to come in and show them how you can cut hair.
Asking for a job in person is the most effective way of searching for a job. Be sure to show confidence when you walk into the barbershop for a good first impression. Bring your kit with you and a stack of CV’s. Best days to visit a barbershop are Monday and Tuesday, so the employer will be able to spend more time with you.
Ask for the person who deals with the employment and introduce yourself. Tell them about your experience and that you are looking for a barber opportunity. If there is a chair free, offer to do a cut to show them your ability.
If you don’t have a model with you, pull someone off the street. If now is not a good time, arrange another date. If you take this approach, it will speak volumes about you.
Abide by the layout below for a successful C.V and getting eyeballs on it.
Section 1: Name, Contact Details, D.O.B, Address
- Avoid funny email addresses
- Have a professional voicemail
Section 2: Personal Profile
- Differentiate yourself from the crowd and keep it short and sweet
Section 3: Employment History (Chronological Order)
- List your experiences in various jobs in order by bullet points
- Under each job, highlight key responsibilities and your role
Section 4: Add A Link To Your Online Portfolio (Instagram etc)
- This allows employers to see your full potential and your personality, outside of your barbershop experience.
Section5: Personal Interests And Hobbies
- This is valuable in your employer getting to know your personality.
Considerations For A Self Employed Barber
As a barber, there is a high chance you will be self-employed due to the setup and pay structures of many barbershops. This means that you will be responsible for your own taxes and national insurance. Most people opt to find a trust worthy accountant to do their taxes at the end of the year. Here are some helpful tips:
- The first £11,500 earnt is tax free
- You must pay 20% tax on all earnings
- Some job related costs are deductible, which reduces the tax you pay
- Keep receipts for everything you buy which relates to work
- (e.g travel and uniform, equipment or products costs).
Types Of Pay Structures
A barber salary will depend on what pay structure the barbershop has in place. Some will offer a rate; that could be hourly, daily or weekly. Others will offer commission, or rent a chair. We have broken the pay structure down for you in detail below, so you will become aware of the pros and cons of each and find the best one that is more suitable to you.
So now you are equipped with all the right knowledge and tips needed on how to get a barber job, what are you waiting for – go get one! Remember the barbering industry is growing faster than ever, so the opportunities are plentiful. Once you are clever and use our tips, the barbering world is your oyster!