How Long Should You Stay In Your Beauty Job?

If you’re feeling dissatisfied in your current beauty job, it could be time to make a move, writes Cindy McNaughton.

It’s no surprise that the beauty industry is one of the fastest growing around the world.

According to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, strong growth is expected for the beauty sector in the next few years, with employment levels projected to reach 50,700 by 2025. A National Skills Commission report revealed that the industry has bounced back strongly after the early days of the pandemic with beauty therapists noted as one of the top 10 rebounding occupations.

Carving a career path

It’s easy to see why beauty roles are so popular. Endlessly creative and interesting, the beauty industry is a diverse and people-focused world to be involved in. There are so many paths to carving the sort of career you truly want as new techniques, ingredients and technologies come on board; it’s a constantly evolving industry.

This focus on newness and development applies to your place of work too and can highlight the issue of how long you should stay in one beauty role.

Pre-pandemic, the average employment tenure within a salon was noted as three-to-five years while more recent figures suggest, in the hair industry at least, it may be as little as one-to-two years. For many it takes time to find a role where you feel comfortable, so it can be good to stay longer in a job to learn all you can. Or is a diverse CV better for career longevity?

To stay or to go?

Simply put, there are pros and cons to staying in one workplace for a longer length of time.

Stability is a valuable aspect to a longer term position, but it can sometimes lead to complacency and even a little boredom. That’s when it might be time to consider your options.

However, some companies offer a host of upskilling opportunities to staff which drives loyalty and offers the staff member development and training. In these cases, staying put doesn’t mean being stuck – it may be a case of talking to your manager or team and being proactive with your career progression.

But taking the leap and starting somewhere new – or making the decision not to stay past a certain amount of time in any role – can be invigorating. After all, creativity, a key part of the beauty industry, thrives on new energy. Taking on a new role can be a way to understand just how much you’ve learned over your career to date, to find out how valuable your skillset is, and a means of picking up new experiences and ways of working.

To stay in a job or to move to something new is a very personal decision, often dictated by unique circumstances, but whether you decide to stay or go, embrace the fact that your career path is in your own, skilled hands.

For those of readers looking for a new challenge we have three available roles in the beauty industry below – make sure to take a look at our Job Board for more opportunities, too.

Counter Manager, Myer Miranda

Aesop, the Australian skin, hair and body care brand, has an opening for an enthusiastic Counter Manager at its space in Myer Miranda in Miranda, NSW. The full-time position is on a Tuesday to Saturday roster and would suit a skilled professional with excellent communication skills and management experience in the retail sector.

Computer skills, particularly around the Microsoft Office suite are also an advantage.

This varied role will see you working on budgeting and store-specific marketing, as well as organising the daily activities of the team and expanding the store’s client base. Apply here.

Assistant Manager, Laser Clinics Australia

A market leader in non-invasive aesthetic treatments since 2008, Laser Clinics Australia is seeking an Assistant Clinic Manager on the Gold Coast, QLD. This role will involve providing expert hands-on treatments to clients and assisting in management responsibilities.

Laser Clinics champions the highest standards, codes, and safety culture throughout the group, and offers excellent team training and education opportunities for those seeking to progress their career. This role would suit an experienced therapist with customer service and selling skills. Management experience would also be an advantage. Apply here.

Hairdresser, Kleoniki Hair

Kleoniki Hair, a well known and respected salon in the suburbs of Melbourne, is seeking an experienced hairdresser with a Cert 3 qualification for full-time or part-time work in its Bayside location. Working alongside the salon’s Wella master colourist the successful applicant will service clients with all types of styling and/or colouring and support up-and-coming stylists.

Offering an attractive salary and bonus structure with ongoing training and management positions available, the role would suit someone who has a positive work ethic, can lead and work in a team environment, and is looking to advance their career. Apply here.

Considering a career move? Browse hundreds more open positions on our Job Board.

This article was produced in partnership with Jobbio.

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