Style your resume to attract even the toughest of recruiters!
Cosmetologists help their clients feel beautiful for big events, such as weddings or proms, or for daily life. They cut and style hair, paint nails, and provide skincare treatments like facials.
Cosmetologists, barbers, and hair stylists are currently experiencing a 1% decline in job growth. But don’t worry, the job outlook is likely to improve once the world returns to normal!
Nevertheless, the uncertain job market makes it all the more important to craft a stellar resume.
At the end of this article, you’ll be able to pick the right resume template, use strong action verbs, and describe your experiences in a way that demonstrates why you are perfect for the job.
Let’s get started!
The first step to writing a resume is choosing which format to use.
You have 3 main options:
At a high level, hiring managers want to glance at your resume and get a sense of the following:
Any of these three formats will work for a Cosmetologist, so pick which one best fits your work experience and your array of skills.
Did you know that resumes are looked at for less than 10 seconds?
This means you need an eye-catching resume with a striking resume summary.
A resume summary is one or two sentences at the top of your resume that summarizes your career and capabilities. It’s the appetizer that leaves the hiring manager wanting to know more about you.
For a Cosmetology career, include the following points in your summary
Note that the best strategy in this section is to only include info that is relevant to the job. Your summary should only be 2-3 sentences. Keep it short, sweet, and concise.
Here is a good example of a resume summary:
12 years of experience styling and coloring hair according to the latest beauty trends, applying makeup for special occasions, and providing skin care treatments such as manicures and pedicures. Excellent customer service skills with a keen attention to detail.
This is good because it’s specific and detailed. It tells the employer what you can do and what you’re looking for.
Here is an example of a bad resume summary:
Cosmetologist with experience with hair, makeup, and nails. Seeking a job that I love.
This is a bad resume summary because it is vague and dispassionate.
For more information checkout our guide on writing a killer resume summary.
It’s important to write your resume experience in a way that anyone in your industry will understand. You don’t know who will be reviewing your resume, so you want it to be clear. This means you should avoid using company-specific language.
Bad Example: Tyloma removal using filing, exfoliation, and scraping.
What is a Tyloma? And those words sound scary -- not to mention painful -- especially since we don’t know what’s going on.
Better Example: Specializes in removing calluses using pain-free techniques, including exfoliating the skin and gently shaving off the callus
Now we know what you’re doing -- removing a callus -- and this description is far easier to read.
If you want to learn how to nail this section, read our guide on the proper way to include skills on your resume.
College is not necessary for a career in Cosmetology, however, you will need formal training in this industry. Most states require that you attain a license in Cosmetology, which can be acquired through Cosmetology School. Most programs are around 40 weeks and consist of both on-the-floor training and traditional learning (i.e., textbooks and exams).
To become a Cosmetologist
Certificates are not necessary for Cosmetologists, but adding certificates to your resume shows employers that you have gone above and beyond your career’s required education. Certificates also help your resume to stand out by demonstrating that you have additional skills.
Some Cosmetologists attain additional certificates in order to offer more services. Examples include: Licensed Laser Hair Removal and Chemical Peels.
For more information on adding certifications to your resume, check out our guide on how to include certifications on your resume the right way.
Cosmetologists should pick a resume template that is professional yet aesthetically beautiful. Since this career is creative, your resume should reflect that!
In this article we reviewed what a Cosmetologist does and what the career’s outlook looks like. Then we discussed which resume format and template to use, and how to craft the perfect resume to wow any HR manager.
You can start from the resume example here to save time and get started right away.