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Academy Holds Pre-Interview Job Showcase for Cosmetology Students

LI Salon Owners Come to Milliken Tech to Look for Possible New Hires


Salon owner speaking to student while she styles hair on another student   Student and salon owner speaking together

The Cosmetology Program at the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, Edward J. Milliken Technical Center campus, recently held its first Pre-Interview Job Showcase for graduating seniors. A total of 55 owners were present that day.


The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead.


Cosmetology Teacher Michele Pristina conceived this idea as a student-run event, which helped to teach them the importance of follow-up and networking in the workforce. Each student was required to generate at least three job leads. They researched salons and contacted them by phone to confirm details. All names were entered onto a master list and everyone on the list received an invitation to the showcase. Each student made follow-up calls to invitees and prepared a resume.


To highlight their skills at the event, the seniors styled the hair of the juniors. They had resumes on hand to share with salon representatives who walked around, watched them work, and asked questions. At the end of the day, many students had scheduled at least two interviews for jobs with salon owners after graduation.


Said Pristina, “This one event produced exponentially more possible job opportunities than a single person could have developed in the same amount of time. And the best part is, it was managed by our students. We are definitely going to do it again next year.”