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5 Tips for Writing a Resume That Employers Will Love

tips for writing a resume

Attention all recent grads and job searchers! UNATION wants to help you land your dream job and we’re putting together a list of resources and tips for writing a resume that employers will love.

Keep scrolling for our advice on making your resume stand out from the masses.

Tip #1 Keep It Simple

Most of the time, managers have tons of resumes they are reading when searching for the perfect employee.  Put yourself in their shoes. What would you want to see? What would make you remember the name and not want to just toss it aside?

Skip the fluff, make it easy to read, and get to the point! We all have a story to tell but your resume is not the place to tell it.  You want to let them know why they should hire you at a glance.

Britta | Pittsburgh City Manager

Britta | Pittsburgh City Manager

"Include only relevant information and lead with your best stuff!"

Britta | Pittsburgh City Manager

Britta | Pittsburgh City Manager

"Include only relevant information and lead with your best stuff!"

Tip #2 - Formatting

Tailor your formatting to the job you are applying for.  In some lines of work, you can stand out by making your resume an example of your craft.  

If your dream job is to be a Social Media Contenting Creator let them know you are great at the skills they are looking for before they start reading. With that being said, if you are dreaming of working in corporate accounting, a cut and dry approach may be the best way to go.

Hayley | Regional Manager

Hayley | Regional Manager

"In our line of work, if someone has as more graphic design/colorful/digital design resume, I’m 100% going to take more time looking at it than a minimal/plain looking resume"

Hayley | Regional Manager

Hayley | Regional Manager

"In our line of work, if someone has as more graphic design/colorful/digital design resume, I’m 100% going to take more time looking at it than a minimal/plain looking resume"

Tip # 3 - Make Sure You're a Good Fit

It’s easy to think you can learn on the job, and sometimes you can! After reaching out to a contact who works in recruiting she helped us come up with some good points about this.

  • Make sure you are at least about a 70% fit for the position (If they are asking for 12 years experience and you are a recent grad, it may not be the job for you yet)
  • Be sure to read and review the company and job description BEFORE you apply.  This way you now only know how to tailor your resume, but you can be sure that you are qualified and have a real shot at scoring an interview
  • Be able to elaborate on anything you put in your resume or cover letter.  Once you get the interview, it’s time to back it all up and show them exactly what kind of asset you will be!

Don’t let this discourage you from applying for your dream job.  We just want you to know that quality is more important than quantity.  

Employers can tell if you put time and thought into an application or if you used the same “1-click apply” resume and cover letter that you’ve been using for six months.

Tip #4 - Don't Skip The Cover Letter

Anna | Nashville City Manager

Anna | Nashville City Manager

"Alway give a cover letter!!!!"

Anna | Nashville City Manager

Anna | Nashville City Manager

"Alway give a cover letter!!!!"

Yes, she included four exclamation points.  If nothing else the cover letter shows the employer that you are willing to put in the work. This is your opportunity to do the story-telling.

Check out this acronym from The Muse with some great tips on what to COVER in your cover letter!

  • Call Out: Provide relevant experience and differentiating factors.  Make sure you let them know why you are the best person for the job right away.
  • Offer Stats: Let them know what you’ve done.  If you have experience and can give numbers, do it! If not, give specific examples of successful projects that you have worked on and what made them successful.
  • Verify the person you are contacting.  You never want to write “to whom it may concern” if you can help it.  Call the company and ask who the hiring manager is, it proves that you are willing to go that extra step to stand out.
  • Exemplify your strengths! Rather than saying you have good communication skills, let them know why you are an expert communicator and what kind of impact that has had in your professional or student life.
  • Refrain from regurgitating.  Don’t just repeat your resume, they are separate things for a reason. Add more of a personal touch to the cover letter so that the reader can get a well-rounded idea of who you are and what you’ve done by the time they finish reading both.

Extra Tip: Make the formatting for your cover letter and resume align! This will look sharp, make it easier to read, and avoid confusion.

Tip # 5 - Create a Professional Email

For all our college grads, first off let us congratulate you! Second, let us ask you to please leave your jsmith@xuniversity.com email address in the past.

Please note: this does not mean you should use your old cheer4lyfe@yahoo.com email either. However, since it’s free to create a new email address, we recommend option three.

Choose something simple with your name in it so that employers know exactly who they are talking to since chances are you won’t be in their address book (yet.) FirstLast1@gmail.com is a great example.

Finally, download that work of art as a PDF, attach, and hit submit with pride.

We hope you enjoyed these 5 tips for writing a resume. Good luck and happy interviewing!