Creating a Killer Barbering Resume:
The Resume Guide Every Barber Needs
So, now that we’ve got that concept on lock, we’ve got a question for you—when was the last time you revamped your resume?
If the answer is basically just crickets, don’t feel bad. We’ve all been there. But here’s the deal, if you want to propel your barbering career forward, you gotta do it the right way—and the right way means a bomb resume.
Resumes matter because we, just like everyone else, need a platform to brag about ourselves—to show off, to give some credibility that we’ve worked our butts off, and to demonstrate that we def know what we’re doing.
If you don’t really consider yourself a resume kind of person, don’t worry about it. We’re here to help you. We’ve laid out our top considerations for how to craft that ideal piece of paper that’s the proof you need to display that you’re just as awesome as you claim to be.
Ready for the details? We thought you might be.
Check out our tips below to get crackin’ on your killer barbering resume.
What to Add to Your Barbering Resume
Talk About Your Education
Lots of greats out there have been self-taught, and we’ve got all the respect for that, but education is a huge factor in a killer resume. In other words, there’s something to be said about putting the time and effort into participating in a program that you want to become a master in.
Put your most recent education first, then followed by other schools, classes, and programs you might have attended. Our advice? Don’t leave anything out!
Throw in Your Experience
This is a great way to show off a career snapshot. Consider this a high-level overview of what your experience in this industry has been like. This is your chance to talk about your on-the-job experience, employers you enjoyed working for, who you’ve worked with, what inspired you, and what you enjoyed most at your jobs.
We know what you’re going to say next—“what if I’m fresh out of barbering school and don’t have any experience?” Well, that’s fair, but we’ll counter that with this—you do have experience.
Consider all of the educational experience you’ve gained, the mentors you’ve worked with, the shop hours you’ve put in, and more. Obviously, don’t makeup any fake experience, but don’t undersell yourself either—it’s highly unlikely you have zero experience, just think outside the box.
All the Skills
Let your resume reader know that you know what you’re doing. Brag on yourself and on the skills you’ve acquired as part of the tricks of the trade.
Our advice? Be compelling and concise without being too short. Make sure you’re being truthful (NEVER lie on your resume, you’ll more than likely be called out on it).
Talk about all the skills you’ve acquired during your training and experiences so that everyone can get a full picture of everything you can do. And honestly, don’t just talk about your barbering-specific skills.
Do you have a knack for customer service? Excellent. Let the reader know. Are you great with time management? That’s def a skill you should add, too.
Think outside the box!
Don’t Forget Your Certs
You’re a licensed barber, right? That’s a big dang deal and it’s info people want to know.
But don’t just stop at the basics—make sure you add all the certs and licenses you’ve accumulated in your time as a barber so your resume reader can know all of your potential and recognize that you’re a go-getter who’s never going to stop learning. Both of those qualities are highly attractive to employers.
Brag On Yourself
You’ve laid out all the facts—now let’s humble brag a bit. Won some awards? Throw that on there. Piled up those notable accomplishments? Make sure you write that down.
In our experience, too many people are too shy about bragging on themselves—and while being way too humble is cool and all, it doesn’t really do you any favors when it comes to winning the job.
Don’t get us wrong, you don’t need to be arrogant or full of yourself, but it does pay off to know you rock—so don’t be afraid to let your resume reader know that you’ve got it going on.
We’re willing to bet at least some of that was helpful, right? If so, let us know in the comments below! Did we miss an important consideration to include in a barber’s resume? Tell us that, too. If it’s more information you’re after, more barbering tips, and more biz advice, then guess what—we’ve got that and more waiting for you.
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