January 25, 2015
Writing a resume can be a daunting and time-consuming task, but it’s a necessary evil if you want to land a job. Whether this is the first or the tenth resume you’ve written, everyone can do with some help on resume writing.
Short of hiring someone to write it for you, the resources available will make the process easier than ever. With free resume templates, access to employment databases and step-by-step advice on how to write a killer resume, your next one will be its best incarnation yet. Many sites even offer you URL where employers can access your resume online.
There are dozens of resume building programs to choose from. Here are 5 of my favorites:
This is a free career advice service site that contains sample templates. It also offers a call or chat option with a live specialist to answer any of your concerns or questions such as how to address gaps in employment history or which template is right for you. Pongo conveniently allows you to create, download, print, and send your resume from one place. Its Career Corner page contains posts with tips from experts on how to write your best possible resume.
LinkedIn has a complete program with several templates to choose from. The best part about the LinkedIn resume is that it basically writes itself based on information you provided in your profile. You can manage and edit what you want to include, but it really doesn’t get much simpler than this. The final product gets saved as a PDF file which you can send via email or share on Facebook, Twitter and, of course, LinkedIn.
This site boasts “800,000 happy users” and designs custom formatting with color schemes. Or you can choose from their stock of more traditional templates. You can import your LinkedIn or Facebook profile to build your resume, then download it as PDF, Word, or OpenOffice file. Your account gets you a web address where you can share your resume: doyoubuzz.com/JaneDoe. Its sample video is in French and it seems to be the cool kid on the resume-building block with its sleek, modern, and simple approach.
Featured on this site is its own bank of job postings including a list of local jobs if you type in your city. It also contains a blog with expert career advice. Their main draw is that you can publish your resume online with them, making it accessible to their database of employers. You can also create different versions to appeal to different employers. They’ve got over 200,000 job postings, so it’s worth a look. You also get your own resume.com URL that’s available on the web or to share on social networks as well as LinkedIn. And, of course, you can also print a version of it in a Word or PDF file.
This product is exactly as it sounds; a step-by-step program to help you build a resume. It does more than merely offer templates (though it does offer dozens of them), it takes you through the process with specific and helpful instructions. Its “PhraseBuilder Technology” even offers prompts and suggestions on professional wording. Their blog provides career advice. They also have a job database where your file is matched to relevant job postings. They claim to be the #1 resume builder on the internet, so they must be doing something right.
With all of these resources at hand, there’s no excuse for you to have a second-rate resume. These programs make the resume writing process easier than ever. With traditional to designer templates, spell checks, phrase suggestions, your very own URL that lets employers see your resume online and the ability to share your resume on job databases and social networks, your new resume (and future job) is just a few clicks away.
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