The first thing connecting you with a recruiter is your resume. The way it is usually done is you work on a template you get from a friend or from an online source, then produce a black and white dull rendition of just another face in the crowd which you then print out and mail to potential employers.
It’s time for a change: wow your recruiters with a fresh new look to your resumes while still presenting yourself in a modern and professional manner with the help of online tools.
These tools will guide you through every aspect of creating your resume or CV, perfect for fresh graduates who are unsure of where to begin. Most of them give you the option to download a PDF, ready-for-print version, and all you have to do is fill in your details. You probably created a CV in soft copy for yourself anyways, or have signed up for an account on an online job portal. The transfer would be done in the blink of an eye.
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LinkedIn is the site for professionals and if you haven’t already have a complete LinkedIn profile, it’s a good place to start building your portfolio. Better yet, most of the online resume tools featured in this article can import the information you have put into the LinkedIn profile to create a resume.
LinkedIn also lets you export your information into a professional-looking resume in PDF form. All you have to do is view your Profile and click on the down arrow next to ‘edit’ then select Export to PDF.
Want to add a little color into your resumes? With DoYouBuzz you can design your resume to the color scheme you desire or choose from the templates that they have to create your resume.
Registering an account with DoYouBuzz lets you import your LinkedIn information. Alternatively, you can enter your details from scratch. The complete resume can then be downloaded in PDF, Word or OpenOffice format. Not enough? Share your resume with the world via a link to your account e.g. "doyoubuzz.com/yourname".
Store your resume online here and redirect anyone to it just by giving them your URL, which looks something like resume.com/username. Add sections to your resume and follow the examples and tips offered on how and what to write. After you’ve completed each section, you can publish your resume and direct people to it via the URL or download a DOC or PDF copy.
Here’s another resume maker but with support for 17 languages. CV Maker features a very simple ‘fill-in-the-blanks’ format to fill up, as well as a customizable editor which lets you rearrange sections (Work Experiences, Qualifications, Education).
You can also add your own sections with rich text formatting. Register to save and edit your resume from time to time or else just fill in your information and download the resume in PDF, HTML or TXT formats.
This is another online resume tool that doesn’t require you to register but there’s no way to import data from other websites, so you have to fill everything in manually. It does however try to make it easier for you in its form-filling format.
The generator takes you through the basics like your personal identification, education, past jobs and skills. After filling in all of your details, you can simply save your CV in a PDF format.
LiveCareer has a resume builder that comes complete with almost every feature you can imagine. Register to save and edit your resume later on and choose from many templates to work on. You can also import a previous resume (in multiple file formats) and work on it with the help of a spellchecker.
The tool also lets you edit the formatting, spacing and margins of the templates to suit your needs and once done, you can print, email or download your resume in 5 different file format: DOC, PDF, HTML, RTF and TXT.
You’ll have to create an account in order to use Resunate. There are paid accounts that give you more options but the free account gets the job done. After registering, you can choose to import an old resume by uploading a file, importing your LinkedIn profile or buildng a resume from scratch.
There are many templates of different formats and fonts to choose from. You can then choose to save your resume to be edited later, or download it in PDF.
JobSpice is another resume builder which lets you import your LinkedIn profile for the data, and also allows you to design your resume with templates, fonts and colors. Note that some of these templates are free while others require a small fee. Download your complete resume in DOC or PDF form.
Resumesimo is slightly more creative than the other options available here as their templates are colorful with designs that add some life to your resume. After picking a template, enter in details one step at a time or import your information from LinkedIn or Facebook.
Download your resume in a PDF format or refer people to your online resume via the link given.
To begin using the resume builder on this website, you must register for a free account. The account allows you to save your resume to be edited later. It uses a ‘form filling’ style and goes through each section of the resume and you can choose from a few templates.
Once you’ve finished filling in all the details, you can print or download the resume in a HTML or TXT file format.