Beautify your resume with our tips & tricks for Hair Stylists!
Hair Stylists cut, color, and style hair to make their clients feel beautiful.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hair Stylists are currently experiencing a 1% decline in job growth.
But don’t panic! 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!
Senior Hair Stylist Work Experience
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The first step to writing a resume is choosing which format to use.
You have 3 main options:
When hiring managers glance at your resume and they want to get a sense of the following:
Any of these three resume formats will work for a Hair Stylist, 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 your resume needs to wow the hiring manager right off the bat.
So what is a resume summary?
A resume summary is one or two sentences in the top section that summarizes your entire resume.
It’s the punch line that gets the resume reviewer to want to know more.
For Hair Stylists, include the following points in your study
Note that the best strategy for the resume section is to only include info that is relevant to the job.
Here is an example of a good resume summary:
6 years of experience coloring and styling hair, including trendy treatments like fantasy colors. Specialist in styling ethnic hair, including braids and heat treatments. Superb interpersonal skills with a knack for conversations and helping clients feel at ease.
This summary is detailed.
It explains exactly what the Hair Stylist can do, and what sets her apart from others.
The last sentence also adds some flavor and personality.
Here is an example of a bad resume summary:
6 years experience being a hair stylist: cutting, coloring and styling hair. Works with lots of people, and fun to be around!
This summary is vague, all Hair Stylists can cut, color, and style hair.
There is nothing unique or special about this.
And the “fun to be around” sounds thin and stretched.
It’s important to write your resume experience in a way that anyone in your industry will understand.
Don't use company-specific language.
In other words, you can use terms that other Hair Stylists would know, such as “fantasy colors” or “perm,” but steer clear of terms that only your previous salon used.
Ex: Rainbow treatments for hair involving both fantasy and standard colors.
What is a “rainbow treatment” and what counts as a “standard” color?
Ex: Experience coloring and treating hair to create an ombre look for both fantasy and natural hair colors.
This is more specific, and any Hair Stylist will understand these terms.
For more information on job skills, check out our guide on the proper way to include skills on your resume.
When listing education on a resume, Hair Stylist should show at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
They must then undergo vocational training at a program in a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school.
The time for this varies, but hair styling school can be a couple of months to two years.
It all depends on the treatments you learn and if you acquire any specialities.
Lastly, Hair Stylists need to be licensed by the state in which they practice before they can begin.
To become a Hair Stylist, you'll need:
Certificates are not necessary for Hair Stylist, but adding certificates to your resume shows employers that you have gone above and beyond your career’s required education.
Certifications on your resume also help your resume to stand out by demonstrating that you have additional skills.
Some Hair Stylists attain additional certificates in order to offer more services or to move upwards in the salon hierarchy.
For example, some Hair Stylists attain a Salon Management certificate.
Hair Stylists should pick a resume template that is professional yet beautiful. Since this career is creative, your resume should reflect that!
Experiment with fancy fonts, pretty colors, and add your profile picture to really make your resume stand out from the crowd!
In this article we reviewed what a Hair Stylist does and what the career’s outlook looks like.
You can start from the resume example here to save time and get started right away.