If you鈥檙e not actively searching for a new gig, updating your resume can seem like just another pointless task to add to your never-ending to-do list. But even if you aren鈥檛 pounding the pavement for a new job, there are actually quite a few perks that come with jazzing up your resume. Not only will it help you better quantify your achievements and equip yourself with more ammo when asking for a well-deserved raise, but having an updated and stylish resume could even help give you the courage to apply for that seemingly out-of-reach dream job that pops up when you鈥檙e randomly checking LinkedIn. In order to make life easier for busy gals everywhere, we tapped some resume experts to give us the deets on nine easy ways to restyle your CV in under 10 minutes.

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1. Include your LinkedIn URL. If you鈥檙e looking for an easy way to update your resume, Allison Tatios at Elevated Resumes suggests adding your LinkedIn URL to your contact information. Format it with the actual link (e.g., linkedin.com/in/allisontatios/) and 鈥渋f applicable, add links to your other social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, or a personal blog.鈥 Hey, you鈥檒l never know what can happen when you save the hiring manager a Google search! Just be sure to clean up your social media accounts before you add them to your CV.

2. Add some color to your name. Adding color is a great way to make your resume pop, but make sure you don鈥檛 go overboard. Instead of displaying the entire rainbow across your bullet points, career coach and Skillum茅 owner Marina Vorobyev suggests simply adding some color to your bolded name. 鈥淪tay away from colors that don鈥檛 look good printed out,鈥 she warns. 鈥淒on鈥檛 forget that a LOT of HR departments, hiring managers, and recruiters are still printing out the documents you are sending them.鈥

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3. Consider adding your picture. 鈥淭his is a big discussion in the industry right now,鈥 Vorobyev notes. 鈥淗owever, I personally believe that putting your picture on your resume will help the hiring manager or the resume reviewer connect with you on a psychological level. With the world of Linkedin and other professional social media websites, your photo is already out there, and I believe it鈥檚 great to save people a step. Having the same picture on a resume and on a professional social networking website also promotes the understanding of personal branding.鈥 Of course, she also makes it clear that this mostly works for creative, sales, or administrative jobs鈥 and reinforces including absolutely no selfies. Period.

4. Remove your objective or statement of purpose. If you鈥檙e looking for an easy thing to nix from your CV, you may want to consider giving your objective the ax, 鈥渟ince in nine out of 10 cases these are horribly written, or redundant, or simply pointless, and they arrest the reader鈥檚 attention, and you can never quite get it back,鈥 explains success strategist Carlota Zimmerman. 鈥淎 well-written resume in of itself is a statement of purpose, giving the right reader the answers they are looking for. If you have to write an objective on your resume, I already know you鈥檙e doing it wrong.鈥

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5. Choose a simple yet unpopular font. 鈥淐hanging from a sans serif (like Century Gothic) to a serif (like Garamond) and vice versa can instantly give your resume a new look,鈥 advises ACA Talent Marketing Manager Sabrina N. Balmick. 鈥淭o stand out, go for an unusual font that鈥檚 still legible: Your resume won鈥檛 look like everyone else鈥檚, and it鈥檒l have a fresh, modern feel. You can also experiment with using a couple of different fonts on your resume. For example, a serif font for headlines and a sans serif for the body.鈥

6. Use relevant keywords. 鈥淚n this era of technology, the first filter your resume must get through is a digital one,鈥 shares Nick Murphy, Founder and CEO of Mid-America Careers. 鈥淩esume databases and applicant tracking systems will search for keyword matches between your resume and the job description you鈥檝e applied to. There are many ways that companies and their systems do this, all with varying degrees of sophistication. The key point for you to know is that you must leverage the keywords that you see popping up in the jobs you are applying to. If you are in sales, for example, using terms like quota, enterprise sales, territory, book of business, net new revenue, Presidents Club, etc. will help your resume pass through the basic technological filters and get a hiring manger鈥檚 or recruiter鈥檚 eyes on your resume.鈥

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7. Quantify your impact (AKA use and abuse numbers). 鈥淭oo few job seekers quantify and promote the difference that they鈥檝e made in their previous roles,鈥 notes Murphy. 鈥淏eing 鈥榯asked with new business growth鈥 isn鈥檛 as compelling as 鈥榚xceeded $1 million annual quota by growing territory 206 percent,鈥 is it? Quantifying what you鈥檝e done allows a hiring manager to envision what you could do at their organization. Failing to do this is selling yourself short and allowing a huge opportunity to slip through your fingers.鈥

8. Switch weak verbs for strong ones. Even if you only have five minutes, swapping out a few common and boring verbs for better ones will *definitely* help your CV stand out from the stack. 鈥淵our CV is not just a dispassionate list of all the things you鈥檝e done. It鈥檚 a sales letter, and you are the product,鈥 reminds JobLife鈥檚 Saleem Jaffer. 鈥淧icture this: Two applicants have identical skills and histories, but one says they 鈥榝ormulated a marketing program that integrated new policies and launched the company as a top 10 performer in the province,鈥 and the other says they were 鈥榬esponsible for marketing.鈥 Get rid of weak-sounding verbs like 鈥榤anaged鈥 and 鈥榳as responsible for鈥 or even weaker ones like 鈥榙id鈥 and 鈥榤ade.鈥 Go for verbs that are vivid and descriptive 鈥 clarified, expanded, initiated, inspired, investigated, informed, monitored. All these verbs give employers an idea of what you can do and will make it easier for them to picture you actually doing it for them.鈥

9. Trim the fat. 鈥淪treamline your resume by removing irrelevant skills, hobbies, previous jobs, and any mention of 鈥榬eferences available upon request,鈥欌 advises Executive Director of The Creative Group Diane Domeyer. 鈥淚f it鈥檚 been a while since you graduated, leave off your GPA and college awards.鈥 While you may still be super-proud of all those crazy all-nighters that led to your A- average, it鈥檚 probably not as relevant as your current projects or newly acquired on-the-job skills.

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