Hairdresser Resume & Writing Guide

Are you seeking a new hairdresser position? Then it's advantageous to start looking at a hairdresser resume sample before starting on your own.

With hundreds of other hairdressers and hairstylers daily looking for a new position, you need to make sure your resume stands out by being both informative and intriguing.

With a resume sample, you can start editing the file straight away, and you can copy the best elements and be at that intriguing level already with your resume!

We also included a How-To-Make a Resume guide, so let's get started!

18 Free Hairdresser Resume Examples

The Hairdresser Resume Guide

Resume Sections

1. Contact Information:

  • Name, Last Name
  • Address
  • Cell Number
  • Email
  • Be sure to include alternative contact channels like your LinkedIn profile or Facebook URL details.

2. Profile:
1 – 3 sentences giving a broad overview of your profession, years of experience, and specific areas of specialty

3. Skills Summary/Key Skills:
Lists key skills that possess that are also found in the job posting

4. Languages:
Optional- If you know how to speak multiple languages, include what languages you know and your level of proficiency. This is especially important when looking for work in a cosmopolitan city.

5. Employment History:
Showcases your past places of employment and includes a list of your daily responsibilities. If you are new to hairdressing, you can add other employment examples (ex. Server, Customer Service Agent, etc.) to show you have work experience. If you have been in the industry for a while, only include your hairdressing experience.

6. Education/Licenses/Certifications/Relevant Coursework/Training:
List any professional development, certifications, workshops, or training that you have received. If you are new to hairdressing, go into detail about the topics covered. If you are not new to hairdressing, you can list the name and location of the training.

What to Highlight

Depending on how long you have been a hairdresser, your resume should highlight different things. For beginners, it is essential to go into detail about the day-to-day activities of your previous roles in the employment history section. Daily responsibilities could include consulting with clients, cutting hair, and building ongoing relationships with patrons. You will also want to go into detail about the hairstyling techniques you are familiar with, in addition to the topics that you mastered at your cosmetology school.

Once you have been a hairdresser for five or more years, you don’t need to include details like cutting hair or consulting with clients in your employment history, as those are assumed responsibilities given your profession. Instead, focus your resume on your time mentoring others, working with high-end clientele, winning long-term repeat business, or even a type of style or cut you excel at.

Your resume should also be written to the position and company you want to go work for. For example, if you are applying for a job at a well-known corporate salon, and have worked at a similar location, make sure to highlight that in your resume. If it is difficult to incorporate those things into your resume, you can also use your cover letter to tailor your application even more.

Hairdresser Resume Skills & Responsibilities

Whether you are just starting your hairdressing career, or are a seasoned veteran, employers are expecting you to be familiar with the basics. To make sure your resume is what employers are looking for, try incorporating these things:

  • Scheduling client appointments
  • Building relationships and rapport with patrons
  • Operating a cash register
  • Consulting clients on hairstyles that fit their desires, as well as physical attributes
  • Trimming, cutting, setting, bleaching, dying, setting, curling, and tinting hair
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair to prepare for cutting
  • Maintaining quality service by following all safety and company policies and procedures
  • Keeping work stations clean and tools sanitized
  • Updating and maintaining customer records

As you become more advanced in your career, employers are also looking for you to know how to do the following things. Senior hairdressers, try incorporating these into your resume:

  • Checking inventory and placing orders if a stock is low
  • Creating new hairstyles and cutting techniques
  • Training and mentoring other hairdressers and assistants
  • Incorporating other beauty treatments into your services, including manicures, massages, and facials

Quantifying Your Resume

Employers love hearing about numbers because it makes your previous experience sound more tangible. When writing your resume, if you can answer the questions, “How much?” or “How many?”, you should try to include that number. For instance:

  • How many clients did you serve a day?
  • How many repeat customers do you have?

The Importance of Soft Skills

Even more than technical skills, hairdressers require soft skills. Even if you know the most technical hair cutting and styling techniques, if your customers don’t enjoy interacting with you, they aren’t going to be repeat business. To show employers that you have the soft skills they are looking for, try to incorporate these into your profile, key skills, and cover letter sections:

  • Active Listening
  • Creativity
  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to Detail
  • Able to Multitask
  • Organized

Action Verbs

Never make your professional experience sound like a passive list of daily tasks. Instead, help potential employers envision you performing the job by using these action verbs:


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