A slick, impressive résumé is a must-have for all job seekers.
But for people who are just entering or returning to the job market, it can be tricky to know where to start.
Fortunately, there are websites out there that will do most of the résumé-related heavy-lifting for you.
I recently scoured the internet for résumé-building sites and compiled a list of my favourites. I gravitated toward the free options, but included some paid sites that I really liked. These sites all made the cut for me personally when it came to visuals, convenience, and usability.
Here are a few sites you can check out next time you find yourself struggling to put together the perfect résumé:
Enhancv provides you with a bold and lovely template and is incredibly easy to fill out.
The clear-cut résumé builder allows you to customise fonts, colours, backgrounds, and sections. The three layouts -- double column, single column, and compact -- are all well-laid out. And if you're feeling brave, there's also an option to share your résumé on social media and get feedback from friends.
That being said, it's not for free after your initial 14 day trial. The site's basic package comes in at $US4.99 a month.
You can choose between two free, well-formatted résumé design templates on VisualCV.
If you make a mistake, you can go back and see your revision history.
You also have the option to send your résumé via email to up to five friends to get feedback.
While you're filling in your objective, experience, and education sections, you can also play around with different fonts, colours, and looks.
For $US4.99 a month, Up To Work will provide you with four, highly-customisable résumé templates to pick from. After choosing a template, you can adjust the template's colour, font size, spacing, and date format.
Up To Work's résumé editor will prompt you to fill in each résumé section piece-by-piece and will tell you what information to enter. It then pops this information into the résumé template for you, saving you the hassle of formatting your résumé yourself.
SlashCV's set-up is somewhat more basic than the other sites on this list, but it's free and saves you the hassle of having to sign up.
You just have to click through each section -- object, education, experience, skills, and more -- and fill out your details. You can also add a few custom sections and re-order them by dragging and dropping, if you're so inclined.
Ladders requires you to upload your existing résumé to their free résumé-builder. The site then goes through and makes step-by-step suggestions across the sections of your résumé.
Once you're finished, you can pick out a template. It's a good process for anyone with a decent résumé looking for content and formatting suggestions.
INeedaResume is an un-intimidating tool that allows users to put together résumés for free.
There's also a section for cobbling together a short cover letter.
Once you finish filling in all your details, you can rearrange the various sections and download the final products as a PDF.
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