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5 Ways to Make Your Resume Digital Friendly

The traditional resume format is being turned on its head thanks to advances in technology. More and more, employers are looking for candidates to produce digital friendly resumes that highlight both their offline and online personalities. Here are 5 easy ways to adapt your resume to the web.

5. Use hyperlinks. This tactic should only be used if you’re emailing your resume to a specific person. If you are applying to a database, it may be marked as spam. The beauty of hyperlinks is that they allow you to keep your resume lean, while providing a secondary source to expand on your accomplishments.

4. Record a video resume. Video resumes are becoming increasingly popular and offer a great way to showcase your personality. Just remember to keep the video short, describe the value you’ll bring, explain why you’re the best, and take the time to get it right before sharing.

3. Add social media profiles. Expand your contact section to include links to your LinkedIn page and even Twitter. Whatever sites you choose to include, they should showcase your professional side. Before adding links to your resume, do a thorough sweep of your profiles and remove anything you wouldn’t want your mom to see.

2. Keep it keyword rich. Use keywords that will appeal to employers in your field. If you’re not sure which words to use, scan the original job posting for words and phrases you can plug into your resume.

1. Use a simple font. Choose a font that’s easy to read on a screen like Georgia. Georgia was designed to be “screen friendly” and is available on any computer.

What are some other ways you can make your resume digital friendly? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ali Kelley

Ali is a freelance writer who blogs about nonprofits, tech and social media for Chicago startups, Zealous Good, Dabble, and Eventbrite. Since graduating college in 2009, she has learned a ton about job searching in a recession, and is excited to share her experiences. In addition to writing, Ali enjoys the finer things in life like pajamas that double as jeans.