applying for a body piercer position at a new shop

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Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 5:35 PM

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I have been working at a tattoo and piercing shop as a body piercer for a little over a year, including my apprenticeship. Soon I will be moving to another city, and I’m hoping to find another (part time) position. What is the best way to present myself?

I’m working on my portfolio - it’s a bit scant because I didn’t start taking photos until recently, but I think it will be ok.

Should I have business cards made? What Information should they include?

Should I refer to myself as a Piercing Artist, or Body Piercer, or does it matter?

Should I ask to speak to the owner/manager, or lead piercer?

What can I expect in an interview?

A friend of mine (a reputable tattoo artist) advised me to email potential employers a couple of weeks before going in person, including a photo of myself (and of course my resume).

Any advice you have would be so much appreciated!

Thankyou!

Joanie

The two most important things are going to be your attitude and your portfolio. but here are your questions in order

Should I have business cards made? Not necessary
What Information should they include? Basic information, you don’t want to make it seem like your piercing out of your house.
Should I refer to myself as a Piercing Artist, or Body Piercer, or does it matter? Body piercer is the traditional title
Should I ask to speak to the owner/manager, or lead piercer? The owner or manager is usually the one who would do the hiring but talking to the head piercer and any other employees would help make a good impression
What can I expect in an interview? This is probably something your mentor should have discussed in your apprenticeship. There is no set interview but you can expect to answer questions to prove your knowledge and quite possibly need to do a piercing while they watch. So bring a friend.

Emailing In advance would be a good heads up but once you are in town do NOT email or call. Walk into the shop to apply. Personally I don’t take applicants very seriously that just call and ask if we are hiring.


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