Esthetician Resume Example

Make your resume look and feel as beautiful as your clients. We have an esthetician resume guide that's sure to make you feel confident and proud to show off your experience.

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Written by Flor Ana Mireles • Last updated on Jun 12, 2021
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If you're someone who likes makeup, self-care and maintaining your appearance, you've probably worked with an esthetician, or maybe youare the esthetician.

An esthetician is someone who specializes in cleansing and beautifying the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance.

With the rise of social media and ever-changing beauty standards, the skincare specialist and esthetician field is growing at a much faster pace than average.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, we are seeing a 17% growth rate. With that said, currently, in the United States, there are 78,600 jobs for skincare specialists, like estheticians.

So, if you're looking to make your resume look and feel as beautiful as you make your clients look and feel, we're here for you.

In this article, we are going to be discussing 6 steps to get your resume ready for any esthetician job opportunity:

  1. Format your resume
  2. Write a resume summary
  3. Include your licenses and certifications
  4. List your key skills
  5. Describe your work experience
  6. Add your education

1. Format your resume like a beauty professional

Being an esthetician is not your typical, traditional job. Therefore, you don't have to make your resume typical and traditional either.

However, there are certain things you should always include on your resume as an esthetician:

  • Contact information
  • Licenses and certifications
  • Skills
  • Work experience
  • Education

Furthermore, did you know there are three ways to format your resume? Here's what they are:

  1. Reverse-chronological, which emphasizes your previous work experience
  2. Functional, which highlights your key skills
  3. Hybrid, which combines the previous formats

As an esthetician, you want to use a hybrid format to structure your resume so you can show off what skills and experience you can offer and if they suit the spa or salon you are applying to.

It is also important to incorporate relevant action verbs into the format of your resume. This will help you demonstrate what you can do for the studio.

We have a list of over 350 action verbs you can incorporate into your resume on our site.

Tip: Be sure to include any social media that hiring beauticians can look at, like LinkedIn or even Instagram if you use it to display your portfolio. If you want, you can even add a profile photo to your resume as well as some color to give it that creative touch.

Take a look at our guide on how to format your resume if you want to learn more.

2. Write an impressive resume summary

Sometimes, resumes are only briefly looked at, and hiring beauticians are wanting to spend more time beautifying others than looking at resumes.

Writing a 1-2 sentence resume summary can help hiring managers to determine if you're the right esthetician for their spa or salon and if you have the right experience.

Sometimes, it's difficult to summarize yourself in 1-2 sentences, but here are some elements you should always include in your resume summary:

  • Years of experience
  • Kind of esthetician work you have experience in
Tip: Including customer satisfaction rates is another gem to have on your resume summary.

Here's a good example of what your resume summary should look like:

Licensed esthetician with 4 years experience performing advanced beauty treatments, including laser hair removal, deep cleansing facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and more. Maintained a 95% customer satisfaction rate at all clinics worked.

Tip: Include your resume summary at the top of your resume. Sometimes, it's easier to write your resume summary after you have already written your resume. That way, it's easier to pick and choose what characteristics to include.

Are you still struggling with your resume summary? Our guide on writing resume summaries has tons of examples.

3. Include your licenses and certifications

In order to become an esthetician, you must complete a state-approved cosmetology or esthetician program and then pass a state exam for licensure.

Tip: All states except Connecticut require licensure to become an esthetician.

Therefore, it is crucial to include your licenses on your resume.

In addition, it will benefit you to include your certifications with your licenses as well.

Here are some examples of licenses and certifications to include in your resume as an esthetician:

  • FL State Esthetician License
  • IPL Hair Removal Certification
  • Medical Esthetician Certification

If you're looking for more certifications to include in your resume or want to know how to correctly list them, check out our guide.

4. List your key skills

Highlighting your key skills is an essential part of any resume, but especially so for estheticians. You really want to showcase to hiring beauticians and managers what you can do and bring to the table.

Highlighting your key skills shows hiring beauticians your talents. It also gives you an opportunity to rank higher in the application pool if they're using keyword searches to organize their applicants.

Here are some examples of key skills you can list in your resume:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Deep cleaning facials
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Make-up application
  • Salon management
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Product know-how
Tip: You can also include languages and other certifications like CPR and First Aid as key skills.

Having trouble identifying your skills? We have a guide with 100+ key skills you can include in your resume.

5. Describe your work experience

Unless you're applying to an entry-level esthetician position, like an assistant or trainee, you do want to describe your work experience on your resume. This will show hiring managers that you have the knowledge and time put in to become an esthetician.

Being an esthetician may be a fun job for you, but it still requires professionalism. Show hiring managers that you've got this by describing your work experience and listing it in a reverse-chronological format.

Here are some job descriptions you can include in your resume for a tattoo artist position:

  • Adhered to company policies.
  • Performed facials, waxing, and body services that meet the established guidelines for the type of service offering and that fulfill guest expectations.
  • Customized treatments based upon present skin condition(s).
  • Performed all treatments on services menu based upon current licensure.
  • Assessed contraindications of guests that may prevent service from taking place.
  • Met the needs of the guest at all times throughout the service.
  • Cleaned and disinfected all equipment on a daily basis.
  • Maintained the highest level of product knowledge and has complete knowledge of all spa services presently offered.
  • Understood the ingredients in products and can explain their benefits to guests.
  • Answered guest’s questions in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
  • Recommended products for home use.
  • Suggested to guests other beneficial treatments offered in the spa.
  • Provided waxing and skincare services to guests.
  • Assessed guest needs, inquired about contraindications, and examined skin, hair, or nails to evaluate condition, appearance, and appropriateness of scheduled service.
  • Determined and advised guests on proper skin, hair, or nail care and recommended home care regimens.
  • Promoted and sold spa/salon services and retail products.
  • Escorted guests to and from treatment rooms.
  • Set up workstation and/or treatment room with necessary products, equipment, and supplies to ensure guest comfort and safety.
  • Cleaned, maintained, and sterilized tools.

If you want to learn more, take a look at our guide on how to describe work experience on a resume in 2021.  

6. Add your education

Esthetician positions require some sort of postsecondary nondegree award. However, it is important to highlight your education on your resume.

If you've attended college or even attended a beauty school, be sure to list it in the education section of your resume.

Here is what this section can look like:

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

2015 — 2019

Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Coral Gables Senior High School

Coral Gables, FL

2011 — 2015

Need more helping listing your education? Don't know if to include your high school education or GPA? We have a guide that will help you list your education in 2021 with examples and tips.

Key Takeaways

Overall, just like you get your station ready whenever you're going to work with a client, you need to get your resume ready whenever you're planning on applying to a new salon or spa.

Here's a summary of everything we've covered:

  1. Format your resume
  2. Write a resume summary
  3. Include your licenses and certifications
  4. List your key skills
  5. Describe your work experience
  6. Add your education

With our guide, you'll be making others feel beautiful in no time. Good luck!

Flor Ana Mireles
Flor Ana Mireles is a writer and editor with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) and a background in English literature, music, marketing, and business. She is also the self-published author of two poetry collections and the lead singer of South Florida rock band Leather and Lace. Flor has experience in social media and getting crafty and artsy. When she is not writing, she's spending time in nature, reading, or listening to music.
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