Many people dream of owning their own business, others may feel that business isn’t right for them or would like to build their skills a bit before they strike out on their own. Either path will lead you to the job market. When you start looking for your first job as an Aesthetic Injector, it seems like everyone wants experience, but do they really? In 2011 with zero experience in aesthetics I landed my first job at a med spa. I created a cover letter, resume and reference packet and made 20 copies, put on my cutest rainy day outfit and delivered my packets to every plastic surgery office and med spa I could find on google within 25 miles of my house. I smiled a lot and got a lot of “NO” but a handful of practices took my packet. I couldn’t believe it a week later when a doctor actually called me back and even more shocking, offered me a job at a med spa. That job kickstarted my career in the aesthetics field. Let me share some tips that helped me and others get started in the world of aesthetics.

First things first, training! I took my basic training in Arizona. I was happy to get started but I got very little hands-on experience. Ultimately my first and many subsequent training activities lead me to co-found PNAA in 2016 with the mission to provide intensive foundational training for new injectors. At PNAA we offer the foundational training you need to learn the skills necessary to start your practice right away. We offer two or four day foundational course options to get you started. When you have completed your foundational training, we are here to help you continue developing your skills as well as providing customizable advanced training courses. We love being a part of your ongoing journey.

Now, you have completed your training and you are ready to find a job. When your experience is lean, focus heavily on your “soft skills”. When you think of your nursing skills, your mind will likely turn to traditional “hard skills” like starting IVs, or any number of skills you may have mastered while working in the hospital. While you are developing your proficiency in the hard skills of aesthetics, you already possess well developed soft skills that are transferable to any situation. From critical thinking and emotional intelligence to motivational interviewing and supportive counseling, such skills are equally central to nursing excellence in any field. Often employers would rather hire someone with solid soft skills because they are harder to teach. Put your personality and enthusiasm in your cover letter. Be you!

It should go without saying, but when it comes to your resume, cover letter and any other communications, proofread, proofread, proofread. Have a friend proofread and then proofread again. How you communicate, your grammar, punctuation all are important.

Exude confidence! Around here, “Fake it ‘til ya make it” is our motto. Employers want to know that you can confidently create and deliver an effective treatment plan and confidence will make you clients more comfortable once you get them in your chair. Your enthusiasm is contagious. If you are excited about your possibilities, potential employers will feel your commitment to action and clients will want to partner with you for their long term aesthetic needs.

Mentorship and job shadowing are also popular options to increase your knowledge base and build confidence. Find injectors you respect and see if they are open to allowing you to job shadow. There is a great deal to be learned by watching an experienced injector move through his or her day. Hands-on skills can be augmented significantly by observing different injectors and their individual tips and tricks. Most injectors do charge for job shadowing and mentorship and the pricing varies broadly.

Take advantage of any and all training opportunities and network like crazy. All in all, remember somewhere in all the “NOs” there is a perfect “YES” out there waiting just for you.