Creating a resume takes more than a magic tool, but even the best qualifications and experience can look unimpressive if it is presented in the wrong way. You have to remember that the people looking at your resume are only human, and they are just as susceptible to first-impression bias and prejudice as any person. Here are ten tools that will help you shake off the bonds of poor presentation and create a truly dynamic resume.
Make it informative
This simple tool uses an intuitive interface to make building your CV a little easier. The fact is that most people do not want to spend a lot of time tinkering with a large and complex CV tool, so people use CV maker. Input your data and generate a stylish looking CV. Make sure you note your details and such down on a document first because if your browser freezes, then you may lose what they have entered.
They have expert-written examples that you can use as inspirations. You can point and click at the ones you like and make a copy. It makes creating your CV easier. It is true that other people may create CVs that look similar to yours with this tool, but the chances of another user applying for the job you are looking for is minute. Download your CV in the format of your choice.
Give them your details and they will write your CV for you. It is the only way you may build a perfect CV every time. By using the service, you are adding a human element. Furthermore, a professional writing your CV is far smarter than letting a piece of software churn one out for you. It takes you out of the production phase of the resume process, which means when you see it you are looking at it the same way your future boss would look at it. In other words, the first impression you get when you see it, is the first impression your future boss will get when he or she sees it.
Heavy on design but light on text. This sounds like a terrible thing right? But, what if you are a student with very few previous jobs and no experience? You can still have a CV that looks full and bursting with content even though you have very little text to put in it. You can use your LinkedIn data to create your CV and make a (sort of) Infographic for a CV, which is rather clever.
Keep things simple and quick with this tool. It is gaining in popularity because the resumes it creates are simple but sexy. They do not look viciously professional, but they do look good. They make a very positive first impression, and in an employer-favored market, getting a good first impression may be your strongest tool.
[Editor: As at 19 March 2020, the Enthuse Me site has been taken down. An alternative site is novoresume at https://novoresume.com]
Make it beautiful
Grab your profile data from your Facebook or LinkedIn profile and make your CV with it. Download it as a PDF or PNG and attach it to the emails you send when you apply for jobs. You will have to pay to get the better features, which is not ideal, but if you like the free version then you may decide to pay their subscription fee.
Enter your “stats” and allow the tool to generate a great looking resume. Use data from your LinkedIn profile if you want to save a little time. Choose from six themes, and pick the fonts and colors that you think suit the themes. Download your resume as an Infographic. It may help you make a better impression on your future employer.
All you have to do is pick from the templates and edit them. They will cost you money, but it is about as easy as CV creating comes. Take a look at the professionally made CVs and choose the design that best suits you and the job you are looking to get.
This is a rather popular free resume-making site that allows you to enter your personal details and create a resume. You can synchronize the information you have on LinkedIn if you do not fancy writing it all out yourself. Embed it on your website, or send it to your future employer as a DOCX or PDF file.
Allow it to extract your details from LinkedIn, or pull them from your current CV and build a brand new one with this tool. Choose your design, add images, videos and all sorts of media. Then you may embed it into a website so people can view the videos, or you can create a document and send it via email to your future employer.
If you lack enough professional experience, you may not have much to add to your CV. If that is the case, then fill your resume with your strong points, your best selling points, and with reasons why you want to work for the company you are writing the CV for. Your CV is not just a list of your accomplishments; it is a piece of marketing/promotional material that is aimed at a very small target audience.
You should always create a new CV for each employer you apply to. It may feel like a big waste of time if you get no responses, but if you are unemployed, then you should have eight hours free every day to create resumes and get a job.
Remember that you can do too much to your CV. It is quite possible to go too far and tinker with it to the point where it looks messy. Use the tools on this article by all means, but be wary of over-tinkering and over-customizing. Keeping it simple is often the best and most direct route to success.
Author Bio: Jessica Millis, a freelance writer, editor and educator at James Madison University.