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Quick Two-Minute Resume Changes

These quick resume updates can improve your resume and take little-to-no effort.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 14, 2019

Quick Two-Minute Resume Changes
Updating your resume can seem like a huge task to undertake, however, you should look at yours as a living document that should be constantly updated. After all, you're constantly improving so why shouldn't your resume improve with you? The good news is - it's not a tedious task. You can can improve your resume, even if you only have a moment to spare. Check out the following resume updates that take about two quick minutes:
1. Remove “References Available Upon Request”
If they want references, they’ll ask for them. Use the extra space to add a detail about another accomplishment or an additional ability – these matter more to potential employers and hiring managers.
2. Delete your career objective
It takes up space and is obvious – why else would you be submitting a resume?
3. Save the file name as “[Your Last Name] Resume”
This will ensure that your resume doesn’t get lost in the shuffle with all of the other files generically named “resume.”
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4. Remove your address
If you’re not applying locally, some recruiters may write you off as soon as they see your address. If you are local, recruiters may take your commute time into account, which may or may not work to your advantage. Either way, it’s best to not take the risk. If they need your address, they will ask for it.
5. Move education below experience
Unless you’re a recent graduate, your recent job experience is more important than your education. Display what is most important to getting the job at the top of your resume because that’s what most likely to get you hired.
6. Write out the full title of any organizations, certifications or titles where you have acronyms
Many recruiters use applicant tracking systems and some look for full titles (Bachelor of Arts) and some look for acronyms (BA), so you should use both forms to be safe. Additionally, some organizations or certifications may be obscure and a recruiter may not know what it stands for, so make sure you spell it out, just in case. These quick resume updates can improve your resume and take little-to-no-effort on your part. Go ahead - give yours a fresh look!
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