Image Consulting – why it’s a rewarding career option for you

Here at Jobs on Toast our aim is to expand your employment horizons, and get you thinking about your wider work options beyond the academy. This month, we welcome a guest post by Suman Agarwal, who explains the benefits of Image Consulting as a career path. Enjoy!

Image Consulting is a fast-growing and sought-after industry, since it caters to the most common need in the 21st century – the ability to project an image that can impress. And this has created a need for professional Image Consultants who can help individuals develop impressive personalities. Whether you’re an engineer, a marketing professional, a student, or a business professional, you can join the image consulting workforce and lead change in yours and others’ life.

Before we find out why Image Consulting is a rewarding career option nowadays, let’s answer the most asked question – what is an Image Consultant?

An Image Consultant understands their clients and creates a roadmap to enhance their personalities and help them get an edge in this competitive world. They work with professionals and homemakers as mentors and trainers to help them get ahead in their professional and personal lives through grooming, styling, and other image management services. Image consultants help individuals convey the right messages via their clothing and behaviour for specific events, situations or goals.

Why Image Consulting?

Financial Security – The strong demand for image management has created brilliant work opportunities for Image Consultants who can enjoy one of the most desired benefits – financial security. For instance, in India Image Consultants can earn from INR 10,000 to INR 100,000 (USD 140 to USD 1,400) for a day of counselling (some even more). Image Consulting Business Institute-trained Image Consultants are living testimonials to it – Benaisha Kharas earned INR 100,000 (USD 1,400) for a day of training and presenting her story at TED Talks, and Sonika Shah earned INR 500,000 (USD 9,000) for a single styling and personal shopping assignment.

Work-Life Balance – While Image Consulting is a rewarding career option for anybody, it is especially a blessing for mothers and homemakers who are often forced to give up on their careers to nurture their families. Becoming an Image Consultant allows you to ditch the monotonous 9 to 5 jobs and be with your family while you work – without having to give up on your dreams. Here’s how:

●      You don’t need an office space since you can work from home and at the timings that best suit your schedule.

●      You can be your own boss and choose who to work with and what projects to undertake.

●      You can sign up for quirky and flexible work opportunities that do not require you to work all day every day.

No Specific Academic Qualification Required – Whether you quit your studies for personal reasons or have a qualification that has nothing to do with image consulting, you can always jump on the bandwagon and register for an image consulting course. All you need is the passion to train and transform lives. If you have these qualities, you can most certainly consider become an Image Consultant:

●      Effective communication skills

●      People-person skills

●      Sense of style and grooming

●      Good interpersonal skills

●      Confidence while speaking in public

Build Something of Your Own – Image Consulting allows you to take matters in your own hands by establishing your own Image Consulting firm. Certified professionals can work as part-time image consultants to build their portfolio as well as their clientele. And after that, they can set up their own image consulting business and be the boss!      

Ticket to Many Glam Careers – The biggest advantage of becoming an Image Consultant is that a single image consulting certificate unlocks many glam career opportunities for you. It allows you to don many hats and work with different industry professionals to help them enhance their images. All you need is the passion to remodel lives and a knack for networking to be able to build a vast and varied clientele. Here are a few career options that you can juggle after becoming an Image Consultant:

●      Personal Stylist

●      Wardrobe Consultant

●      Corporate Stylist

●      Celebrity Stylist

●      Grooming and Etiquette Coach

●      Confidence Coach

●      Personality Development Trainer, etc

Age is No Bar – What makes the Image Consultant course very opted for is that it doesn’t come with an age prerequisite. You can opt for both image consulting and soft skills training courses whether you’re 17 or 70. It’s your attitude and practice that will give you an edge over others.

If you’re ready to achieve the perfect work-life balance and empower others by conditioning personalities, choose a renowned image consulting institute based on reviews and its accreditations. Do your research so that you can take an informed decision.

Take control and play to your strengths to grow infinitely. Good luck!

Author Bio:

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An award-winning Image Management Professional, Suman Agarwal has helped students, home-makers, women on sabbatical as well as people seeking second career alternatives to explore Image Management and Soft Skill Training as a vibrant professional choice. She frequently writes blog posts about the urgent need of image consulting professionals and soft skill trainers in the 21st century and loves guiding people in exploring rewarding career options. You can email Suman to seek advanced career guidance, or view her profile on LinkedIn.


Understanding the perspective of the hiring manager

I’m pleased to feature a guest post by the awesome James Mulvey from Sell Out Your Soul.

When we’re preparing our application materials for a job, we naturally focus upon ourselves: what skills we can offer and how we’re a good match for the role. But it also helps to look at the vacancy through the eyes of the hiring manager; and James shares some of his insights below, drawn from his new training course about LinkedIn.

The day of the interview: I haven’t thought much about you

You might be nervous for your interview. And maybe you’ve spent the night before preparing and thinking about how it will all go.

The reality for most hiring managers is this: your interview is a small slice in our days. I likely have another meeting right after and one before. I’ve looked at your LinkedIn profile the day before and have a set list of questions that I’ve created with HR. But I’m always short on time.

What you can do:

First, understand that my lack of time is not a lack of interest. I’ll be in big trouble if I make the wrong hire, so my due diligence will start to increase after this first interview.

You can help yourself in this interview by understanding that I might not remember everything about your profile, your accomplishments, your experience.

When I ask you, “tell me about yourself,” I’m actually interested. I want to know your experience, what you’ve done, your skills.

When I ask you, “do you have any questions for me?” I’m interested in your perspective. I want to know your intent, ambition, and whether you have the raw material that can be adapted to the job.

This is a critical interview to give me more information. Come prepared with tangible examples. Help me understand your background. Ask questions that show:

  1. You understand the job description
  2. You’re thinking about the skills required to be successful in the role
  3. You have passion for the industry and dedication to increase your expertise in this field.

If you take a passive role in this interview, it’s much easier to pass on you. And because I haven’t spent a ton of time prepping, I could be missing exactly what makes you qualified and special for this role.

Understanding the perspective of the hiring manager — including the mistakes to avoid— as well as to make sure your LinkedIn profile is relevant and highly visible to employers, is the theme of my new video training on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about this training here. Use the promo code TOAST at the checkout for 50% discount for Jobs on Toast readers (affiliate link).

When it’s time to renew your relationship with your work

When it's time to renew your relationship with your work

Companies helpfully write to us when it’s time to renew our relationship with them – asking us to commit to another 12 months of gym membership or resubscribe to their anti-virus software. But how do we know when it’s time for us to renew our relationship with our own work? In my experience this feeling doesn’t show up like an email or a letter in the post – it’s more complicated and nuanced than that.

Sometimes you just get get a low-level feeling that things aren’t quite right. Looking back, I felt this way (although I didn’t quite appreciate it at the time) while I was doing my post-doctoral fellowship. I felt that I was logically on the right career track, given everything that I’d done previously (my Master’s and PhD). And yet something didn’t sit well with me about the academic job search.

At the time I interpreted my unsettled feelings as the insecurity that comes from not having a permanent position. Reasonably enough, I was looking for clarity about the next step for me and my family. On the other hand, looking back now, I can interpret my feelings as a desire for a deeper change – in fact, a whole career change.

How do you know when it’s time to refresh your employment situation, to find work that’s more fulfilling and better aligned with your personal sense of purpose? And which more fully rewards you for your skills and experience?

Have a look at this list of symptoms and see if one or more sound familiar to you:

1. You experience a day-to-day heaviness or tiredness. You feel restless without an obvious direct cause. Nothing is actually wrong, and yet somehow nothing feels quite right. This can be very frustrating to those close to you, like your partner! In my experience these can all be physical and mental symptoms that it’s time for you to make a change. Not just a logical change perhaps, but something more fundamental – which for researchers, can mean leaving academia for another career path.

2. You get distracted by ‘non-core’ activities. During my post-doc I was busy reading business magazines, listening to radio shows about business and technology, and embracing new ways of doing things, like moving my banking online. My attention was telling me the way to look, the direction to follow, not just in my spare time but in my life more generally. This formed the kernel of my Plan B, which eventually became my Plan A, when I came to the end of my academic job search in the final year of my post-doc.

3. Activities that once energised you, now drain and exhaust you. Tasks that you once found effortless, like reading and research, start to become really hard work. You used to be able to read and reflect for hours – and now you’re feeling sleepy after the first page! These are all signs that you need a revival, a break from the routine you’ve established. You need to get a sense of novelty and wonder back into your life – which may come from a change career.

4. Any process that you need to follow seems a total drag, and you can’t help being conscious of every single step along the way. On the other hand you really notice it when you ‘get into the flow’ on something. You realise how much you’ve missed that sense of losing yourself in the moment, and how good it feels to be in the zone again.

So take some time out to listen for these symptoms in your own life. Are these feelings telling you to make minor adjustments to your working life, to improve your self-care for instance, or take some quality me-time? Or are you actually craving full-scale career renewal and rejuvenation? Don’t be shy of embracing it if you do. I did, and I’ve never looked back.

Take action now: Send yourself an email, requesting that you renew your current employment position! Type ‘Annual renewal notice -‘ in the subject line and after the dash, put your present job e.g Doctoral Researcher, Post-Doctoral Researcher, or Professor. If you’re on a temporary teaching contract, you’ll already be familiar with this situation, as your teaching gigs will expire and you’ll be seeking the next one.

As you would with any other renewal invitation, take some time to reflect on your relationship with your current work situation, and where it’s going. And consider carefully what the alternatives are.