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By Preethi Burkholder

Originally published in Massage Bodywork magazine, April/May 2006. Copyright 2006. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

The Internet is a great resource for finding spa jobs. Estheticians, massage therapists, and skin care professionals can find plenty of opportunities online. Following are some useful sites that list job vacancies and post job seekers' resumes.

Bestspajobs.com
Best Spa Jobs lists jobs under various fields including esthetician, massage therapist, spa director, spa receptionist, and spa management. This website is presented by Spa Resort Expo. For $95 for 60 days, employers can post jobs and reach the widest audience of spa professionals and job seekers on the Web. Job seekers can post their positions on this website as well. A registration process is required.

This website gives information about the latest spa and resort expositions and also features a monthly newsletter called SpaTalk. The newsletter keeps you updated on the latest news and trends in the spa and resort industry.

Dayspaassociation.com
The Day Spa Association serves as a resource for day spa professionals through educational seminars and workshops, research studies, publications, and Internet information exchanges. Spa employers can e-mail their vacancies to the Day Spa Association Employment Bank. Also, each month the association recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the spa industry. Applicants can apply for this position. The site also has a classified section that advertises investor services and office space.

Globalhospitality.com/ae/spas.html
The Global Hospitality website advertises job openings and lets candidates contact any one of the various branch office consultants to look for a job in Los Angeles, Toronto, or Montreal. Scroll down and click on your area of choice. Interested applicants can send resumes in MS Word or PDF Format to the office most convenient for them. The contact information of the different offices is given online.

HCareers.com
Visit this site to peruse thousands of hospitality jobs, free. It is a large database of fresh hospitality career opportunities. You can search for jobs both within the United States and overseas. They are classified under management jobs and nonmanagement jobs.

Hospitalityonline.com
This website gives long lists of jobs available in the U.S. hospitality industry. Applicants can browse by position, company, or location. Both hourly jobs and management jobs are advertised. It has a special career toolkit that has been designed for hospitality professionals. Here, applicants can customize their resumes and apply for jobs online. In "Hospitality Hound," the website e-mails the jobs that best match your skills and preferences. It also gives advice on writing resumes, cover letters, marketing plans, and researching companies. Under career links you find state, national, and international associations. You can post your resume there at organizations/associations.

Jobsociety.com
This website has some international jobs in the spa industry, specifically in Thailand. Click on "Job Search," then click on the appropriate position and location scroll bars. It gives listings of available jobs in the hospitality management industry, and frequently has positions for those trained in Thai massage. Clicking on "spa/body massage/beauty care" gives listings of spa jobs.

Jobvertise.com
Jobvertise has one off the largest resume listings that can be viewed free of charge. All of the resumes are entered directly on the Jobvertise website by active job seekers. You can look for spa destination jobs or post your resume online. Scroll down to the bottom and click "Complete List of Jobs by Title." Click on one letter and type your field of employment. The website pulls up available jobs under your field of choice.

For example, if you are an esthetician, click on "E" and type in "esthetician." It will pull up openings such as skin care specialist, nail specialist, massage therapist, holistic esthetician, spa receptionist, etc.

http://spas.about.com/cs/spajobdatabases
This website offers information about educational seminars in spa management, career training, and esthetician skills. It is a good site that gives a comprehensive outlook on spa management, job seeking, and career enhancement.

Salonemployment.com
This website offers jobs under different fields including colorists, corporate managers, educators, estheticians, front desk/reception, massage therapists, and salon assistants. When you click on each field you get a listing of qualified applicants. For example, if you click "estheticians," you get a listing of applicants who have registered their resume and qualifications on the website. It is a fast and easy way for spa owners and estheticians to hire qualified personnel.

Job recruiters and job applicants can join as this website helps both sides of the employment process. Spas can also post their company profiles online; more than 750 are already posted. Job seekers can create their career profiles as well. This website acts as a headhunter. It posts the profiles of job seekers in front of spa employers.

Spa-jobs.comThis website offers career opportunities in the world's most beautiful spas. It is the website where job hunters and spa employers meet. The site is dedicated to people who want to develop their careers in the spa industry and for spas worldwide looking for qualified spa personnel. This user-friendly site has a registration process, which is free of charge. Type in your job title and the location of your choice and search for job openings. Employers and industry recruiters can place recruitment advertisements, free of charge.
After signing up at this website, you receive the latest spa openings worldwide via e-mail updates.

Spatrade.com
The SpaTrade website advertises jobs online. Click on "marketplace" and you will find that jobs are advertised both for applicants and employers. It also publishes recent news on spa happenings, the latest trends on spa management, the types of spa treatments in high demand, and information on pain management. Click under the library heading and you will find useful information on how to find a career as an esthetician, spa director, etc., as well as information like management and operations, finances, greening the spa industry (how to make your spa environmentally friendly), spa equipment, hiring practices, and expanding your spa business. The SpaTrade website also gives a calendar of events that is useful to estheticians.

Spawire.com/Careers.htm
Employers can post job openings at the SpaWire Career Board. It is a good site for hunting jobs and is user-friendly. Job seekers must respond directly to the contact persons listed within each job posting. Do not contact SpaWire as the website does not forward resumes or answer questions about job postings. The content of posts for job openings is the sole responsibility of the potential employer. Employers wishing to post a job opening may do so for a nominal fee ($4.50 per month).

Preethi Burkholder is president of Gifted Hands Writing, which uses writing to promote spas and spa-related activities. Visit www.gifted handswriting.com or contact her at info@giftedhandswriting.com.




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