Like any other career, hairdressers must present their work and skills to future employers in resumes and portfolios. What most hairdressers tend to forget when creating these documents, is their audience. According to TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy Director of Fort Worth, Anthony Garcia reminds us that your resume is being looked at by two different people.
The two types of people that will be looking through your resume are a business manager and a lead stylist. A business manager will expect competency, proper grammar, layouts with dates and information to back up your experience. The lead stylist is searching for someone that speaks the salon’s language and who will fulfill their technical needs. For this reason, resumes need intelligent design.
A resume is a great way to present yourself to employers, but a great way to stand out is by creating a resume with a creative flair, especially if you’re a hairdresser. All hairdressers have their unique style; below are ways to present them through your resume.
The Resume Design
- Add color, but stay away from neon or bright colors that make your resume difficult to read.
- Print your resume on resume paper, it makes it look like you put effort and you care.
- Templates are your best friend! This will help you format everything you want to include in your resume. Templates that give you the option to place an image is a plus.
- If you’re going to include a picture, make sure it’s professional and not a selfie.
The Resume Layout
- Does your resume show off the information you want to showcase?
- Most resumes have a work objective, keep it short, simple and straight to the point. Be open-minded when writing the objective. Being too specific or having too much of opinion can make employers second guess what your goal is.
- Create your resume to fit the job you’re applying for. Don’t include your high school job if it’s not relevant. Only keep what’s necessary.
- Try not to put work history that shows a gap between jobs or had short employment. It shows you may have difficulty holding a job.
- References are important. If you have any from the hair industry include them so they can speak on your behalf. Make sure they are aware you will be listing them as a reference as well.
Going in for the Interview
If you’re selected for an interview, you did it! Your resume passed the test, and you’re ready to present yourself. Here’s a few things to remember:
- Keep it about the future- What do you want in the future? How do you plan on making it happen and how do you plan on becoming a part of the salon you want to join?
- Keep it positive- Don’t speak negatively about schools, peers, management, or past job experiences. Even if it was a bad situation, keep it about what you learned and what you are looking for in your next venture.
- Keep the confidence- Don’t let your insecurities get the best of you. Know your skillset, and what you have to offer. If you don’t hear back, don’t be afraid to submit your resume again a couple of months down the road.
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