Should I remove hyperlinks from my resume?

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Question from the contractor: Contrary to the recommendation here to use hyperlinks in contractor resumes, one of my agency contacts who informally gave my resume once again said he finds links in a resume inconvenient. So should I delete mine?

Expert Answer: Yes and no. Let me explain. Hyperlinks tend to turn blue, bold, and underlined, so they distract the reader’s eye from the text you hope they’ll read! From this point of view, you are right; they are not a good idea.

The point of writing a CV and sending it to a recruiter or potential client is that you want them to read it — a hyperlink more or less says, ‘don’t bother reading this CV I sent you, click on this link and go somewhere else instead.

But above all, have a hypertext link to your LinkedIn profile or your professional website to to finish of your resume — to enhance the profile of your CV or the career information you have submitted or to offer more details. If your links are in the main body of the resume, you are in effect encouraging the reader to wander away from the resume, which defeats the purpose of sending them in the first place.

You could say that people will come back to the CV once they read what the link led them to, but it creates a rather painful and awkward experience for the reader, whether they’re a hiring manager or a recruiter.

Remember; your resume should provide the information the decision maker needs without that they have to rely on additional channels. Positively, LinkedIn offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to provide additional information, simply because it is a web portal. The portal neatly embeds hyperlinks in each “heading” that navigate to the “Projects” section where you can feature detailed case studies on specific projects or achievements.

The expert was Matt Craven, founder of Resume & Interview Advisors.

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