Cosmetology students learn more about job opportunities at Ulta Beauty
Representatives from Ulta Beauty met with cosmetology students to share information about the company and its many career opportunities. They shared valuable information, from their personal experience breaking into the beauty industry to the value of working for a generous company.
Ulta Beauty began as a drug store in the mid-1990s and quickly began to segue into hair and skin care, cosmetics and more. Today there are 1,400 locations throughout the country and each one has a salon.
Susanne DeBlasio, Andrea Costello and Stephany Ramirez have each developed a career at Ulta and all agreed it was the best decision they made. They visited the Career Services campus to encourage students to think about a working at Ulta Beauty.
“Ulta, what we offer is making your own business,” Ms. DeBlasio, a hairdresser, said. “You are supported, educated and compensated.”
For hairdressers working in a private salon, Ms. DeBlasio said the average age is 25, they work in the industry for an average of five years and make an average salary of about $25,000.
But at Ulta, the women said, the experience is very different. It offers employees a base salary and commission. Depending which is more, the employee will receive one or the other. New employees can build their client list by interacting with guests when they come into the stores, whether they are there to get their hair done or not. Benefits include unlimited earning potential, paid time off, insurance for medical, vision and dental, a 401K as well as pet and car insurance.
In addition, employees can enjoy the Ulta Academy and participate in a number of monthly training workshops at no cost.
As part of the presentation, Ms. DeBlasio gave a tutorial on a special “up do” technique, something she has taught as a teacher in the Ulta Academy. She walked the students through each step of the process explaining why she was doing what she did.
Success, at Ulta or elsewhere, Ms. Costello said, begins with how you present yourself.
“You need to come into work with a mindset of being confident and presentable,” she said.
“I know I was born to do this,” Ms. DeBlasio said. “When I go to work, I go everyday with my passion.”
Both Ms. DeBlasio and Ms. Costello worked in private salons for many years and have been with Ulta for eight years. Ms. Ramirez has been with the company for five.
Students were informed once they earned their cosmetology license, just about any position would be available to them at Ulta. They encouraged students to get their license whether they end up having a job in cosmetology or in another industry. As they said, once you have the license, you have it for life.
Work Base Learning Coordinator Garrret Jennings said he had hoped to have representatives from Ulta Beauty at this year’s career fair, but they were not able to attend. They did agreed to come to campus another time.
“I wanted to beef up the educational side,” Mr. Jennings said, explaining how this visit helped do that.
“The benefits and flexible schedule, I like that,” Stephany Ortiz, a senior at New Rochelle High School, said after learning more about Ulta Beauty.
Stephany dropped off her résumé and said she was interested in specializing in dying hair.
Following graduation, she said, she will be attending Mercy College to study teaching. However, she appreciates having an opportunity to follow her interest in hair too.