How to Get a Job at a Spa


Spas offer a wide variety of services and employment opportunities. From front desk receptionists to massage therapists and pedicurists there are a variety of positions that might interest you or match your employment skills. Obtaining a job at a spa requires preparing your resume and matching your skills to available positions. Make certain to note any skills and education requirements listed on a job opening. If you are missing any required skills or educational experience, you might need to obtain them prior to applying for the job.

Things You'll Need

  • Required state licenses (if applicable)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Decide on the type of spa work you are most interested in doing. Make certain your employment experiences and skills match the position's listed requirements. This experience can come from previous related employment history or by completing state licensed educational programs for positions such as a massage therapist, pedicurist or manicurist. These educational programs can take nine months to two years to complete. Some positions such as a front desk receptionist might not require special licensure or education, but will require experience in office management, customer service and sales.

  • Research potential employers online or in person. If the spa has a website search it for a page dedicated to employment opportunities. If there is no information online regarding open positions and application requirements contact the spa directly on the phone or in person. On the phone ask to speak to a hiring or personnel manager and ask about employment application procedures. If you decide to visit the spa in person to inquire about employment make certain you dress professionally (as you might for an actual interview) and bring your resume and cover letter with you. If you have completed an educational program you might contact your school and ask if it maintains a list of potential spa employers to help you in your job search.

  • Prepare your resume. Be certain to list all applicable education experience. Also, provide evidence of current licenses if required for the position. To work as a massage therapist, for example, you need to complete a training program and obtain the required state licenses necessary to practice massage. If you have previously worked as a receptionist or office manager, highlight your computer and software skills, phone skills, management experience, sales experience and customer service skills.

  • Complete a cover letter which identifies why you would like to work for a particular spa, the experience you bring to the position and your availability. Cover letters should be limited to one page, be well written, focused on your professional experience and accomplishments and free of grammatical errors. Remember your cover letter is your first introduction to a potential new employer.

  • Prepare for your interview. Dress professionally and research before your interview the spa at which you are interviewing to familiarize yourself with the spa's services and mission statement. Remember spas focus on providing personal appearance and relaxation services. You need to demonstrate having high-level interpersonal skills, an ability to present yourself professionally to both clients and other staff, and an understanding of confidentiality policies and practices.

Tips & Warnings

  • offers a searchable database of massage therapy and other bodywork educational programs by state.
  • Spas also employee food service and general housekeeping personnel. These individuals might work behind the scenes, but are essential to running a professional and efficient business.
  • Working at a spa is a good way to gain professional experience in a field such as massage if you one day plan to run your own business.

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