First impressions by potential employers are subconscious and judgmental so we want to show our guests how to make maximum impact at first sight with a message that says,
"I am a confident professional woman and you need me on your team!"
Like most military women, I spent a lot of time in my fatigues wearing a sports bra and my hair tied up and ultimately, worn short. My first job in 1982 was working in a large tanker maintenance squadron occupied mostly by men but my experience was nothing short of amazing. I was young, single and ready for the challenge. I've always been competitive so my goal was to move up as fast as I could -- I volunteered for everything with the hopes of being noticed by leadership, I furthered my education, worked with a mentor and made it to the Senior NCO ranks as a First Sergeant However, throughout those years, I lost a bit of my femininity, I learned to hide my emotions and admittedly, I lost a lot of myself along the way as well.
Fast forward to my retirement in 2004: My transitioned to civilian life was rough and I felt disconnected and unprepared. I considered looking for a job but chose entrepreneurship instead and with the support of my family, I turned a part-time passion into a successful business in the wedding beauty industry.
In 2016, a friend asked me if I'd help a transitioning Woman Marine who was job hunting but needed a little "update" to her appearance -- she was getting interviews but no offers. After seeing her confidence soar with a fresh hair style, a little makeup and a sharp interview outfit. I wondered if there was a need for this type of service so I reached out to my Veteran network, got more referrals and the results were positive -- when we look good on the outside, we feel good on the inside!
Veteran clients told me time after time that their TAP class just talked about the importance of a professional appearance when looking for work. Hiring officials confirmed that how a candidate looks, that first impression, creates a judgement (and bias) about who the applicant is and the value they offer. It's clear that the moment a job seeker is seen from across the room at a job fair or as they step into the interview, they are being sized up and judged. How sad to think that an impressive military career outlined in a resume could quickly be dismissed just because of an appearance that might be interpreted as a poor value!
After a 19-month test program working with military women, it was evident that we filled a need and Strong Beauty Warrior™ was created. On January 7, 2019 as a Woman Veteran-Owned California S Corporation. Our services as offered Business to Consumer, Business to Business and Business to Government. Strong Beauty Warrior™ is a certified small (micro) business on Calfiornia's Department of General Services (the fifth largest economy in the world) offering our expert services and also products. Learn more about us on our Government Page
Kelly Robertson, CEO & Founder #SBW