Preparing for Jobs Searches

Job searches are a process. An employer has a need and is looking for a candidate that fits that need. Job interviews are a discussion between the job seeker and the employer to determine if working with each other would be a good fit.

There is no right or wrong way to prepare for a job. A student just needs to prepare. The first step is to know what you want as a massage therapist. Start by asking yourself questions like the following: Do you want to start your own business, or do you want to work for someone else? If you want to work for someone else, what type of environment or person do you wish to work for? Do you want to work in the health care industry or a spa or a small business?

Once a student determines that, it gives them a point to focus on. If you have determined that you want to work for someone else, do your research. What type of employee does the health care industry want in a massage therapist? Do they have a philosophy? Can you cooperate with their directives, instructions, and expectations? Check and see if the training and personality you have are suitable for that type of environment.

If you have no previous work experience, then the career references and job interview are very important for getting you hired. The best career references in this situation would be from people who knew you as a massage therapy student. Teachers and directors are a good source for a reference. They can tell an employer your strengths and massage therapy skills.

A student with little prior work experience needs to practice for the job interview. Check with your training program since those services are most likely provided as part of your training package. Find out the type of questions massage therapy employers are most likely to ask and think about how to answer. Decide early on a job interview outfit. Keep jewelry to a minimum. Have good grooming. Do not use overpowering perfume or cologne. Look like a person a client would feel comfortable getting a massage from. Good massage therapists have a certain way they dress, and again the best sources would be teachers and directors at your training program.

The best advice of all is to believe in your massage therapy school training, be confident, and be positive about yourself.