A Guest Post by Robert Morris
The time you spend creating and revising your resume is some of the most important time you spend in your job search. Without a great resume, you’re unlikely to ever be invited for an interview. The process is time-consuming, but it’s worth it. And thankfully, there are some great resources online that were specifically designed for this purpose. Here are 8 websites that can help you perfect your resume and increase your chances of landing your dream job.
SlashCV provides an easy way to create and share your resume online. The website provides 28 customizable resume templates. You can use the drag and drop feature to format and structure your resume and add headers where needed. Once created, SlashCV automatically saves it to your DropBox so you can access it from any device.
Want to leave the resume writing to the pros? NinjaEssays’ team of professional writers can take care of it for you. While you might be able to write a grammatically correct, structural sound resume, NinjaEssays can make sure you avoid the common mistakes in language and metaphor that will get your resume thrown out by the hiring manager. And all the writers have advanced degrees, so your writer will have knowledge and experience in your chosen career field.
Endorsed by Time, Forbes, and Business Insider, ResumUP lets users create stunning resumes from a variety of templates, depending on your skill set and career field. For instance, designers can create an “Infographic Resume” that is entirely visual. Once created, you can use the resume to apply for jobs directly from the site. Users need to pay a small monthly fee to use the templates.
Unlike ResumUP, CV Maker has the distinct benefit of being totally free! You can input your data manually or via LinkedIn, and CV Maker will give you several options for clean, attractive resumes. Another great benefit is that CV Maker works in a vast variety of languages, from English and Spanish to Hungarian and Dutch.
There is nothing that will get your resume thrown out faster than plagiarism. And it’s possible that you wouldn’t even know your resume contained any! If you use a resume template and don’t modify it enough, you could be tossed out. PlagTracker can find any parts of your resume that are plagiarized and rewrite them with original content.
While Represent is less user-friendly than many of the other sites listed here, the capabilities are a bit better. Once you create an account, you can design a resume, apply for jobs, and receive feedback and analysis about your resume and job search. Additionally, Represent will suggest jobs that match your skills and experience.
In addition to helping you create a stunning resume, VisualCV also helps you create an online portfolio and a custom landing page. So, you can create a brand for yourself and your resume that expands across the Internet. VisualCV is endorsed by The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, and CNN.
Vizualize.me creates beautiful infographic resumes for designers, artists, and anyone else who wants to punch up their resume. It’s definitely preferable for creative or artistic careers. You can create a visual graph of your experience and “skill bubbles.” Input data from LinkedIn, or add it manually.
Honorable Mentions (Added by Jarie)
Canva is a pretty awesome design tool that just so happens to have resume templates. If you have not used Canva, it’s super simple and the results make you look like you spent a ton on a real designer. I personally use it for lots of things other than resumes. It’s my goto design tool.
Zety has a pretty slick looking resume builder that gives you a lot of options for formatting and even different colors. The process to create your resume is simple. They even have tips to make your resume sparkle. One thing that I like is that you can provide a link to your online resume if you get the professional version.
While these websites alone cannot guarantee you a great job, they can certainly help you create a resume worthy of your time. Take advantage of these resources, and get moving on the path to a better career!
Also published on Medium.