You can never lack time for a resume refurbishment. Taking a few minutes to make instrumental changes to your resume is definitely worth the effort. Here are a few changes that will only take a few minutes but can make a big difference in ensuring your resume shines.
- Change the font
Avoid fonts that make your resume difficult to read. Instead, go for simple fonts such as Arial. Utilizing a common and clean font might not make your resume the cutest out there, but it will make it less likely to be banned by the applicant tracking systems and more readable.
- Spell check
However tiny this change might seem, it is a common reason that makes many people to lose a job position they would have otherwise gained. Before clicking the send button, take time to run the resume through grammar check tools and correct all mistakes. You can also ask a friend to proofread it for you.
- Remove the “References available upon request” clause
If you want to post references, go ahead and do so. If you are not willing to do so right away, wait for the company to ask for the references. Instead of including this clause, use the extra space to talk about your accomplishments and skills.
- Delete the resume objective
That boring part that you state how hardworking you are and what you want to achieve is not necessary. The employer knows that you want to work in that industry and that is why you are submitting the resume. Use that space for detailing your skills.
- Add your LinkedIn profile
Include your LinkedIn profile, alongside any other relevant social media handles. However, this is dependent on the kind of position you are applying to. When the position entails a lot of social responsibilities, include all social media profiles, whether professional or not. For a less social position, include the LinkedIn profile alone.