What Your Cosmetology Resume Should Include
Like all other fields, a cosmetologist depends on their resume to get the job they want. The difference, however, is that there are some things that must be emphasized on a cosmetology resume that aren’t typically included in other industries.
Constructing Your Cosmetology Resume
In addition to outlining your skills and training, as a cosmetologist it is important to emphasize your customer service and sales experience in your resume.
The Basic Information Section
The basic information section of your resume should be the easiest to write, but there are several common mistakes people make that can cost them their dream job. The first is not including a phone number and email address. If an employer cannot reach you, they cannot invite you for an interview! It is also important to add both, because some employers prefer to call while others will want to email potential employees.
On the same note, check your ring back tones and voice mail greetings to make sure they are appropriate, and something you would be proud for your future employer to hear. The same goes for your email address. If in doubt, use an email address that is simply your formal name.
The “Objective” Section
Next, you should include a section that is known as the “objective.” Here, don’t simply say that you want a job. Instead, outline both your skills and experience while stating the type of position you are looking for. An example might be: “Energetic makeup artist with four years experience seeking a position with an established cosmetologist in the entertainment industry.”
The Heart of Your Resume
Then comes the heart of your resume. Begin with your skills and qualifications. List your specialties, and all of the cosmetology-related skills you’ve gained. You can include your licenses and certifications here, in the education and training section, or in a separate section. Don’t forget any you earned in conjunction with your cosmetology school attendance if applicable!
Next, list your formal training beginning with the most recently completed. Include your high school and your graduation date, any beauty school attendance with the dates, and any courses you attended for specialty training. This is another great place to include your licenses and certifications if you didn’t include them in the previous section.
Finally, include information about your professional experience beginning with the most recent. Include the company name and the dates. Then use bullet points and write several sentences about the experience you gained during the time. This is where you should emphasize your customer service and sales experience the most.
Include Cosmetology School Training
If you just graduated from cosmetology school, consider your past jobs and if they related to cosmetology, sales or customer service. If so, list them on your resume. If you worked in the makeup section of a department store or were a waitress of a local diner, include it. If you If not, you can include the time spent working in the student salon at your school in this section.
If you are just considering a career in cosmetology, Evergreen Beauty College may be right for you. Contact us today to find out more about the programs offered on our three Washington State campuses.