When you’re applying for your first job out of beauty school, you’ll need to create a professional resume. Here are four ways to build a resume that will catch a hiring manager’s eye and get your foot in the salon door.
1. Think about your skills. The amount of experience you have isn’t as important as the skills you have. Check out this list of the 7 most important skills hiring managers look for in our industry. Did you spend a summer scooping ice cream? You likely have great customer service skills. Used to work in retail? You already have a taste for sales. Make sure that for every job you put down, you explain how this experience will prepare you for a position in the salon and spa environment and specifically say what skill you learned on the job.
2. Show your work. Portfolios of your work are important if you’re trying to land a job where you’ll perform services for clients (instead of, say, managing a salon.) There a couple of ways to do this:
3. Cite specific training. Hiring managers want to know specific information about your training. Think about what makes your education stand out. Did you attend a trade show and went to a special workshop? Was your beauty school educator a specialist and taught you advanced techniques in that area? Mention this in your education section.
4. Double-check everything. There is no room for mistakes on your resume. Ask a friend or family member to read through your resume and make note of any grammar, spelling, or clarity issues i.e. does it make sense? Does each job description point out a skill you’ll be using on the job? You can also use a proofreading site like Grammarly to review your document or pay a real editing professional to review it on Fiverr, with reviews starting at just $5!
With these four steps, you’re well on your way to creating a professional, polished resume for your first beauty career job.
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