How to Write a Killer Resume

Think of your resume as your personal marketing brochure.

Your goal is to catch your future employer’s attention and provide them with the information they need to move you a step closer to an interview and being hired.

Your resume is your first touch point with the employer and remember: first impressions count!

Your resume ought to convey who you, where you have been and where you want to go in a succinct and clear way. Since you don’t want to scare your future employer away or scare them off with an essay, the format you use when setting up your resume and what you include is very important.

What information should be on your resume?

Contact Details

First and foremost, your contact details should be on the top of the page; include your name, contact number, email and mailing address.

Personal Statement or Profile

This is an opportunity to highlight your best attributes, goals and portray who you are as a person. This should be short and snappy – a couple of sentences that pack a punch.

Eg.

A highly motivated individual, I thrive on providing excellent service and creating lasting connections with clients. I’m keen to continue developing my managerial experience in a salon that supports sustainable practices and professional growth.

Skills

Following your statement, you should list your skills. Think about what you can bring the role in question, and why you are the right candidate for the job, above other applicants.

Always refer to the job description and ensure this section can tick off the criteria on their list.

You should also include your personal skills and attributes that an employer would be looking out for. Eg. Flexibility, great communication, motivated, etc.

 

Employment / Career History

Use this section to re-emphasise your suitability for the role and proven expertise; include your previous job titles, the company name, location, and start and end dates. Try to include only relevant work experience; that time you did a week of work experience in an ice-cream store when you were 15 probably isn’t relevant to the position of Salon Manager.

EG:

Senior Hair Stylist | Luxe Salon | Mar 2010 – Present

  • Receive and greet clients as they arrive.
    • Perform comprehensive client consultation to determine individual hair care needs.
    • Provide cutting and styling services.
    • Provide colour and colour correction services, including on-scalp bleaching treatments.
  • Provide keratin straightening and perming services.
    • Offer product and retail services.
     

Key Achievements

Another great opportunity to highlight your suitability for the role; identify and list key achievements that are relevant to the role for which you are applying. You can include educational achievements as well.

Eg.

Elected Student Representative by Graduating Class, Northeast Private College, 2008

Awarded the John Hope Award for Excellence in Salon Services, 2010

 

Education

This specifies your state education level and any certifications and awards you might have received; it’s also wise to include any short courses and professional development you have undertaken, as these indicate commitment to your personal and professional growth. This section can be short and the point; list the qualification, the educational institution and the date the qualification was issued.

Eg.

Certificate III in Hairdressing, Northeast Private College, 2008

Diploma of Salon Management, TAC, 2015

Statement of Attainment in Sustainable Salon Practices, WQ College, 2016

 

Extra tips:

It’s important to keep your resume clean and well-formatted. Using a template can help to order your details correctly; there are many free templates available online or, if you’re really investing in your career focus, you can purchase individually designed templates from designers on places like etsy.com or creativemarket.com.

Make spell check your best friend – you might have the best experience for the job but it won’t make the cut if your resume is riddled with mistakes.

You can also add extra information such as your outside interests (as long as they’re relevant and follow general professional protocol; including ‘Watching videos on YouTube’ doesn’t really portray the level of professionalism most companies are looking for) can help your potential employer get to know a bit more about you.

Be prepared for them to refer back to your resume should you be offered an interview; it’s important to know what you’ve included so you have a response when they ask you to provide an example of a time you ‘displayed great leadership qualities’ etc.

 

Now master the job interview and find out how working for another’s start-up can help you build your own business!

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