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Discover how a lack of qualified spa management candidates is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry and how it could affect your spa.
In a time when jobs are scarce, you wouldn’t think finding experienced help would be an issue. However, when it comes to hiring a new spa director, it can be a lengthy and labor-intensive process to find the right candidate. According to a recent study released by the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS), it is an issue that many spas may soon experience. In fact, it’s not only one of the industry’s greatest challenges but also one of its...

Spa Director Career Guide, Part 3

What personal attributes should a Spa Director have? Have you ever wondered if your personality profile actually fits the demands that will be placed on you as a Spa Director? Here’s a rather lengthy checklist that you may want to contemplate. Emotionally mature, empathetic not sympathetic, broad shouldered, friendly but not a friend, objective, level headed, stable, flexible, x-ray vision, good organizational skills, sense of humour, firm but fair, inspiring, motivating, possess a spa philosophy, live a wellness lifestyle, exude...

Spa Director Career Guide, Part 1

Although the Spa Director’s Job Description is an ever-expanding list of job challenges and not suited to just anyone, I speak from experience that it is one of the most exciting and rewarding careers imaginable. Whether you are a Spa Director at the top of your game with a proven track record; you have a small handful of notable business successes accumulating; or you are still in the early stages of developing your career, it’s important to acknowledge that your...

How Much “Experience” Do You Really Have as a Spa Professional?

The word “experience” in the spa profession is a double-edged sword. It can either make you or break you. Spa employers are having better luck with just-out-of-school massage or skin care graduates. They can be molded to perform services according to the spa’s protocols. They bring energy and enthusiasm to the field. And most importantly, they haven’t learned any bad habits. So how much clout does “experience” really hold as a spa professional? If you are not present or engaged...

How to Become an Outstanding Spa Therapist

You must have a focus in your career as a Spa Therapist. You simply cannot move through each day without a professional growth plan. You will find yourself working for mediocre businesses, doing mediocre work, and feeling less than satisfied with your mediocre career. Why not set your goal at becoming the best therapist in the business? If this is too lofty for you, what about simply becoming the absolute best therapist you can be? The first thing you may...

Continuing Education 'Self-Propelled' Professionals are a Businesses Best Asset

I've heard it said that a truly motivated, forward-thinking business professional spends an average of 10 - 15 hours each month on continuing education. Over a 12 month period, that equates to 120 - 180 hours of boosting your knowledge base through: 1) Seminars, webinars and trade show presentations; 2) Participating in advanced courses of study; 3) Reading, internet research and data collection; 4) Car audio recordings and videos; and 5) Your choice of any of the mind-expanding resources that...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Day ... the 5-Step Starter Process

Most of the time, the success of our day depends on our overall attitude and our subsequent behaviours. Perhaps one of the most important considerations that we can take with us each day, is the way we choose to interact and respond to the people and things in our surroundings, which will be a direct reflection of how we in turn, are received and treated. Even though we come from many different backgrounds, diverse upbringings and living environments, there are...

9 Suggestions to Establish and Maintain a Competitive Profile

Stay true to your core spa focus. While it is important to keep abreast on the latest trends in the industry, trying to incorporate them into your menu can be disastrous. Your spa menu will read like a stew of mediocrity Attend Conferences. Spa conferences as well as related life style conferences are a great way to augment your professional reading. Information can be gained from the vendors on the floor as well and in lectures and during networking sessions...

Advice on Entering the Spa Management Field

There are so many opportunities in spa management, yet a lack of qualified talent to adequately fill the need. How do you go about entering the field? Here is some advice: You can be successful as a spa owner without having the technical background of a service provider. Being a good massage therapist or esthetician is no guarantee of being a good spa manager or owner. In fact, the very qualities that make for a good technician can sometims impede...

Overcoming Self-Doubt and Fear: The Gateway to Career and Business Success

In his insightful book Before You Quit Your Job, (Warner Business Books, 2005), accomplished author and entrepreneur Robert Kiyosaki states, "The fear of failing is the primary reason why so many people do not succeed in life or are not as successful as they would like to be." Human potential guru Anthony Robbins describes personal "wealth wounds" as the negative inner beliefs that many people have about money and one's worthiness of it. Spiritual educator Dr. Wayne Dyer explains that...