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A cosmetologist's resume objective should go beyond the type of job she wants; that’s already evident in her education, experience and application for a position. It should read as a window into who she is and what she wants from her future. Employers can use a resume objective to find out more about a candidate and decide if the business and applicant are a good fit.
Cosmetology is a field with many career paths. Cosmetologists may cut hair, style hair, dye hair, perform body-waxing, aesthetic services or nail services. Many work in salons and spas; some set up their own salons and spas to offer services to clients. Most cosmetologists are licensed in the state in which they work; states require a combination of approved education, experience and testing before they will issue a license to a cosmetologist. Almost half of cosmetology workers are self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Creating Good Objectives
A resume objective tells an employer what you hope to get from the job you’re seeking and what you want in a career. Strong career objectives are specific without filler words. They say something to make you stand out from other applicants. The best career objective shows exactly what you have to offer a company; include specifics from your resume in your objective for the most impact.
A nail technician who wants to open her own nail salon one day might write her objective as, “To use the shaping, manicure and pedicure skills learned at Smith Technical School to serve clients in the Chicago area while learning the business functions of a spa.” A skin-care specialist interested in studying to do hair could say, “To apply pressure and seaweed treatments to clients to reduce the signs of aging and sun damage while attending Johnson State for additional cosmetology certifications.” A hairdresser seeking an internship could write, “Looking for a hair stylist internship where I can learn from the best and offer assistance at the desk with my three years of customer service experience.”
Read through the job posting before writing your objective. Try to address the needs of the business first and your own needs second. A salon isn’t hiring you to make you better -- though it will be interested to know that you will add more value the longer you’re there -- but instead to offer better service to its customers. Be prepared to talk about your objective in your interview. Offer specific examples of the skill you mentioned in the objective. If you talked about customer service, remember a time you used extraordinary customer service skills to solve a problem at work. If you praised your ability with skin care, explain how helping a client find a new skin-care line helped solve her severe dry skin problems. Be as specific as possible.
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Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.