Image consultants are typically self-employed. They operate their own consulting firms, which allows them to set their own schedules and select what services they wish to offer. Some image consultants may work full-time for large Fortune 1000 firms. Others are employed as consultants or full-tine for government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Some consultants land their first jobs through contacts made during internships or apprenticeships. If they attend college, their school's career services office may be able to connect them to job opportunities, or at least arrange career fairs at which they can meet potential employers. It may take three to five years to establish a corporate image consulting business.
Workers can advance from image consultants to trainers by gaining experience and additional education. Consultants can expand their businesses by adding new clients, taking advantage of new trends, developing training for future image consultants, and forming alliances with consultants who offer related services. This is par for the course for all self-employed consultants.
Tips for Entry
Join the Association of Image Consultants International and other professional organizations to take advantage of training, certification, networking, and employment opportunities.
Become certified in order to show employers that you have met the highest standards set by your industry.
Take as many image consulting, public relations, art, makeup, color analysis, psychology, and etiquette classes as possible to build your skills.
You should always be on the lookout for potential clients. Develop a 60-second sales pitch so you're always ready to describe your services to any prospective client you meet.