Get Your Hair Done, for Less


From Long Beach, California, comes a new way to save on haircuts: if you don’t have a job, but do have an interview, Victoria Lee Scott, who owns Sunset Sports Salon, will give you a break (see the photo).

Scott’s been offering a discount for eight months, and says that about five people a week have been taking advantage of the offer. To get a discount, you don’t have to show proof of an interview. “If they lie just to get a haircut,” she says, “I’m not the one with the problem.”

She started thinking about the economy about a year and a half ago. It occurred to her that if some customers “just had a little cleanup, it would help their chances of getting a job.” 

Around the same time, she noticed the economy deteriorating with the “change in presidency,” as she says. On that note, Scott has a Twitter account, and with her husband a website/blog (expect music to play when you get there) that throws in some good American history, advocacy for limited government, and, sadly, negativity toward homosexuals.

She says she likes to hire people, treat them well, and keep them — 10 years, 15 years. She recently moved an assistant — who’d gotten her license — up to a hairdresser. 

Though recruiters and employers we talk to say that the job market continues to go well for top students, candidates with clearances, and some others, Scott says things are about the same. Not getting worse, not getting better.



Hiring Top Students

Three years ago, ERE put together a killer panel (if I must say so myself) of job-seekers, for recruiters to learn what’s on the minds of the best and brightest students and others early in their careers.

Round two is this October in Florida, where Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler of CareerXroads have put together a star-studded group of young people to answer your questions, a group that includes Maura Sullivan, the Marine captain with a Harvard MBA who was featured in Fortune magazine.  

Crispin and Mehler talk briefly about the panel in the podcast below, and also about:

  • What it means to be an “A-player” 
  • Why Crispin says mediocre students should forget about taking a job “get a life after college” and “learn how to see the world”
  • How the job market for recent grads is
  • Why Mehler says you’re behind the eight ball if you’re waiting for career placement offices to schedule you on campus