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8 free tools to make a beautiful resume
01 June 2018
First impressions matter when you’re competing for a job you want. Recruiters spend less than six seconds deciding whether your resume or CV is worth a second glance. A resume is an advertisement of yourself and like ads, need to be attention catching and stand apart from the others.
Here’s where resume creation tools can help:
- They provide guidance and structure that hirers typically expect to see
- If you’re a first-time job seeker, sample CVs will help you navigate your way around the document
- They provide attractive templates with presets that suit the type of job you’re applying for
- Some tools come with help for cover letters, either in the form of a builder or as samples.
- CVs can be saved and in some instances, be shared directly with prospective employers on social media channels
- These tools can be especially useful for those without any design skills
Don’t forget that ultimately, the content of your resume is what will eventually land you the job or the interview. A good-looking resume is important to get your foot in the door, but you also need to work on putting in good content and not get caught up in how it looks.
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This is a basic tool that saves documents to DropBox. To remove the watermark and access all features, you’ll have to pay the yearly subscription of USD$4.99.
The free version comes with four templates and the ability to import your LinkedIn profile. A paid version will set you back $USD29 a year but provides 17 templates and no Resumonk branding in the footer. It also enable you to create a cover letter for each resume and a custom URL to share your resume online, along with analytics to track online views.
This tool provides free resume samples, with the free version including three templates to choose from. It also includes a range of content on how to get a good start in your career.
If you choose to upgrade to the Pro version ($12/month for a minimum of 3 months) you obtain access to all templates, multiple resume versions, the ability to export to PDF. No VisualCV branding, a personal domain name and advanced CV tracking analytics.
The free version comes with basic templates and the option to add custom plain sections. The paid version ($USD16/year) grants you access to all premium templates and an advanced rich text editor.
A free tool that comes with 24 templates to choose from. You can upload your resume and work on the existing document of create one from scratch. With over 3 million active members and a resume builder that guides you step-by-step, you’ll have a professional resume in no time.
Loaded with a variety of free templates and easy-to-use features, Canva is the go-to for many creatives. With more than 900 resume templates provided at the free level and the platform’s drag and drop functionality, it means anyone can learn how to use the tool quickly.
7. Kick resume
This tool provides over 50 templates to choose from, including career-specific ones. It also provides over 100 resume examples from people who have landed dream jobs, to help inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
Provides the ability to upload your existing resume and have it reviewed for effectiveness. It’s a platform that recruiters also actively seek resumes in (although this is US-based) and allows you to download your resume as a PDF.
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