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NOC Code: NOC Code: 6561 Occupation: Image, social and other personal consultants
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Image, social and other personal consultants advise clients on their personal appearance, speaking style, manners or other behaviours in order to improve personal or business images. They are employed by beauty salons, fashion boutiques, modelling schools, image consulting companies, weight loss centres or they may be self-employed. Image, social and other personal consultants advise clients on their personal appearance, speaking style, manners or other behaviours in order to improve personal or business images. They are employed by beauty salons, fashion boutiques, modelling schools, image consulting companies, weight loss centres or they may be self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read labels on cosmetics. (1)
  • Read clients' charts from doctors to determine which diet is most appropriate for a particular client. (2)
  • Read evaluations at the end of each training session that provide feedback on how well the material was presented. (2)
  • Read material from suppliers to determine who can deliver the best value. (2)
  • Read contracts listing the type and extent of service to be provided, how payment will be made and other instructions. (3)
  • Read in-house policy manuals and refer to computer software manuals. (3)
  • Read magazines, books, newsletters and Internet sources to find new information to use and to keep abreast of new products, suppliers and trade shows. (4)
  • Review training materials before delivering a course. (4)
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Writing
  • Write reminder notes about tasks to be done that day and notes to other staff. (1)
  • Prepare price tags and write instructions for fabric care. (1)
  • Keep notes on each client, such as dates of visits, what was looked at and next appointment. (2)
  • Send faxes to servicers and suppliers, requesting information or services. (2)
  • Create wedding invitations for clients. (2)
  • Write follow-up letters to clients who have missed appointments or failed to return. (2)
  • Write memos to clients' doctors to inform them of changes in their diet. (2)
  • Write letters to clients, including Internet and email communication, to respond to their questions, motivate them or inform them of upcoming events. (2)
  • Prepare lesson plans, handouts, overheads and workbooks or manuals for seminars or courses. (4)
  • Write commercials for fashion shows or advertising materials for the business. (4)
  • Write proposals to corporations and individuals, giving information about the company, qualifications, services offered, upcoming events and prices. (4)
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Document Use
  • Use lists, such as attendance lists at seminars and trade shows or supply lists for weddings. (1)
  • Obtain information from sketches, pictures or icons, such as sewing patterns, symbols on clothing labels, colour drawings on how to apply makeup and icons on computer screens. (1)
  • Record measurements on body proportion charts. (2)
  • Use appointment books and schedules to keep track of due dates, employee hours or customer payments or for planning special functions, such as weddings. (2)
  • Read colour wheels to help clients determine which shades to use for makeup and clothes. (2)
  • Use room layouts, showing where the head table and guest tables will be, where centrepieces will be arranged and how many people will attend the function. (2)
  • Read manufacturers' sizing charts to match measurements with sizes. (2)
  • Consult customer information cards or client profiles which include such information as client's personal characteristics, clothing size, number of visits, products purchased and average price of purchases per month. (2)
  • Complete forms, such as invoices, receipts, daily cash balance forms, customer order forms, order forms for supplies, inventory sheets, authorization to return merchandise forms and government forms related to running one's own business. (2)
  • Use graphs and charts in presentations, for example, to depict weight gain or loss. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use other computer applications. For example, use hand-held computer ordering systems. (1)
  • Use communications software. For example, use the Internet for email and faxes. (2)
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, record costs and income. (2)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software. For example, input financial data. (2)
  • Use a database. For example, maintain databases of clients. (2)
  • Use graphics software. For example, create advertising brochures and course materials. (3)
  • Use word processing. For example, produce letters, thank you notes, itineraries, speeches, schedules and presentation materials. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with suppliers to order products and notify them of errors in delivery. (1)
  • Interact with customers to book appointments, give price quotes and persuade them to purchase services. (1)
  • Listen to simple phone messages on answering machines. (1)
  • Interact with designers and manufacturers about the availability of a clothing item or colour, to determine delivery dates and to learn about clothing lines. (2)
  • Network to contact and attract new customers. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to arrange work schedules, exchange information about clients and discuss procedures and new ideas. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss sales, inventory, procedures, work schedules, clients, problems and suggestions for products to buy. (2)
  • Interact with clients when advising them. Establish the needs and personal tastes of the client, make recommendations to them, discuss their concerns and reassure them as they endeavour to act on the advice. (2)
  • Negotiate prices with suppliers. (3)
  • Participate in or lead staff meetings to discuss procedures, problems and goals. (3)
  • Instruct and supervise employees. (3)
  • Teach sales team members how to develop a customer base and how to make sales, and encourage and motivate them. (3)
  • Make presentations to small or large groups at evening workshops, weekly classes, trade shows, training sessions, group consultations, fashion shows, conferences or lunch-hour meetings. (3)
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Money Math
  • Take payments on layaway accounts, subtracting payments and determining the remaining balance. (1)
  • Total supply order forms, including prices and taxes. (2)
  • Calculate bills or service fees for clients and prepare bank deposits. (2)
  • Price new products when they arrive, considering the product cost, overhead, brokerage fees, duty, taxes and desired profit. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Compare prices from various suppliers when making buying decisions. (1)
  • Schedule business activities, including meetings, presentations and courses. (2)
  • Adjust established budgets and schedules to incorporate new information. (3)
  • Plan schedules and budgets for weddings. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take customers' measurements to tailor or adjust clothing or at the beginning of a weight loss course or consultation. (1)
  • Measure and calculate the area of rooms used for fashion shows or weddings. (2)
  • Measure irregularly shaped structures for decorating at weddings, such as wedding arches. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare products sold or membership numbers across two time periods, such as the previous year and the current year. (1)
  • Track graduation rates and attendance rates for each course to gauge performance. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the time needed for particular tasks, based on past experience and allowing for differences between clients or situations. (1)
  • Estimate a client's size, when helping him or her select new clothing. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of food and decorations required and the total cost of weddings. (2)
  • Estimate the number of models needed for fashion shows, considering how long they will take to walk down runways and the time needed to change clothes. (2)
  • Estimate the time it will take a person to lose a certain amount of weight. (2)
  • Estimate future sales when making buying decisions. Consider figures from previous years and make predictions of what will sell next season. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Though some image, social and other personal consultants work in more structured situations, others juggle a range of priorities each day to serve their different clients, deal with urgent matters and, if they are self-employed, manage and promote their business. (3)
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Decision Making
  • If teaching classes, decide which section of the course will be taught and how much time will be spent on each section. (2)
  • Decide whether to give refunds to dissatisfied clients. (2)
  • Help clients make decisions about their wedding. (2)
  • Decide whether to accept new clients. (2)
  • Make decisions regarding clients' clothing, hairstyle, skin care, makeup or posture. (2)
  • Decide on the most effective way to advertise. (2)
  • Decide on the dates and locations of fashion shows. Decide on the runway schedule, clothing and models. (3)
  • Decide whether to participate in particular trade shows and how much money to spend on inventory for such events. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • A client wishes to improve their image. Suggest and demonstrate changes in their cosmetics, accessories and wardrobe. (Image consultants) (2)
  • Clients are unable to follow their diets. Counsel the clients and provide them with tips and strategies to change their eating habits. (Weight-loss consultants) (2)
  • A client is unhappy and objects to the prices. Talk with the client to try to identify the problem and what steps can be taken to resolve it. (Image, social and other personal consultants) (2)
  • Problems have occurred such as late arrivals, cost overruns and changes in hall availability. Facilities may have to be re-booked and phone calls must be made to suppliers to confirm that the deadline will be met. There may also be a need to negotiate with suppliers, clients or staff to arrange refunds or alternate arrangements or you may have to accept losses in some cases. (Wedding consultants) (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information about particular customers by consulting customer file cards. (1)
  • If weight-control consulting, look up information about various medical conditions, such as diabetes, and diet in medical or nutritional journals. (2)
  • Research clients by conducting interviews with them or having them complete questionnaires about their needs and preferences. Such research may be more complex when the client is a company for whom a seminar is being prepared. (3)
  • Conduct research on suppliers, such as who offers the best value or would be most appropriate. (3)
  • Use the Internet to find specific information on diet, exercise, nutrition or other matters. (3)
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