I recently graduated from my state's Funeral Service program, and I am wanting to start an apprenticeship as a funeral director and [possible] embalmer. However, I am really really lost and I have questions but no one I can ask. I don't have any family or friends in this business, so I am hoping someone here can help me out.
1) I am having a very hard time figuring out what exactly is appropriate to wear, but also in my budget. I know men typically wear suits, but what do women wear? Can I get away with a series of dresses and cardigans? Do I have to wear suit jackets? What do you wear when doing removals? Where can I find appropriate work attire that is also affordable?
2) What is the proper etiquette for getting an apprenticeship? Should I just mail my resume to every funeral home in the area? Should I attach a photo to my resume [my professor told us we should do that]?
3) I have a tattoo on my ankle. Sounds easy to cover up, but I live in the south and have an aversion to long pants in the summer. Is there any special kind of make-up that would properly conceal this?
Thanks in advance!