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Writing a cover letter for hairdressing jobs

Hairdressing jobs can be a great career move. Even in times of financial hardship, people still need to get their hair cut! But with more people out of work than ever, and a record number of people undertaking hairdresser training, competition for vacancies can be intense.

To give yourself the best possible chance of landing that all-important interview and, hopefully, a hairdressing job, it's absolutely vital that your cover letter is the best that it can be. Here are some tips to help you do just that...

  • Launch straight in! Don't waste the first couple of lines telling the employer where you saw the ad or which position you are applying for (you can do this in the subject line of the email) - the first line of your email should grab their attention and tell them exactly why you are right for the vacancy.
  • Although no formal qualifications are necessary for the majority of positions, an NVQ or SVQ could put you ahead of the competition. So if you've got one, highlight it! For example, "I'm an NVQ qualified hair stylist with three years' experience working in a busy salon."
  • Don't simply repeat the information that's already on your CV. With your cover letter, you should aim to summarise your most relevant and most impressive skills and experience, and relate these to the job you are applying for.
  • The tone of your cover letter is crucial. You should be confident and professional without seeming arrogant and unenthusiastic. Ask a friend to read over to check!

 

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