Need a Resume Now? 5 Resume Tools You Can't Live Without

 
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Do you need a new resume now?


There’s a LOT of competition in the job market.

Employers see dozens (if not hundreds) of resumes hit their desks when they have a job opening.

So how do you create a resume now that can set your apart from the competition AND be more than just another name in the stack? 

It’s all about the resume!

Your resume needs to be clear, visually appealing, and most importantly, it needs to highlight why YOU are the one for the job.

So many people lose out on a job they're absolutely perfect for just because their resume doesn’t stack up against the competition.

We don’t want this happening to you!

With so many amazing tools out there to help you, there’s no reason you can’t have a top-notch resume now.

Many of the resume tools available let you pull information from your LinkedIn account, making it even easier for you to create the perfect resume now.

And if you’re reading this thinking ‘I don’t remember the last time I updated my LinkedIn account’… get on that!

Having an up-to-date LinkedIn account matters when you’re on the job hunt.

Creating the perfect resume doesn’t have to be a frustrating undertaking. All you need is the right tool to help you!

Here are Five Resume Tools to help you step up your game and land the job!

Make a New Resume Now with...VisualCV

 
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With over 1.9 million members, VisualCV is a popular choice.

Ease of Use

It’s one of the most user-friendly resume builders out there, giving you the ability to change the visual layout of your resume now with just the click of a button.

Templates

VisualCV offers templates that fit the more traditional resume style, as well as more stylized options if a creative approach fits the job you’re applying for.

With so many template options, there's definitely something for everyone.

Templates are organized by job title, making it easy to find exactly what you need.

You can upload existing resumes, or use the information on your LinkedIn profile to get started.

Once you’ve imported your data, you can make changes, add sections, and reformat as needed.

The best part is that once you create a resume, you can change the template seamlessly!

There’s no need to re-create your resume--VisualCV does the work for you.

Just choose the new template, and your information will be reformatted to fit that design.

There are LOTS of features that make VisualCV a great choice:

You have the option to publish your resume online, or print a hard copy if needed.

What Sets It Apart

One of the greatest features is the tracking analytics.

If you publish your resume online, you can track how often your resume is viewed, and where the visits are coming from!

 

Visualize.me

 
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If you’re looking for an eye-catching resume. Visualize.me is the tool for you!

Visualize.me creates resumes in the style of an infographic.

This resume builder is extremely user-friendly.

You’ve got two options when it comes to making your resume:

Your first option is to connect your LinkedIn account and have it pull your information.

Once you connect your account, Visualize.me will pull your data into a visual timeline that includes your employment history, and the skills listed on your LinkedIn profile.

If your LinkedIn account hasn’t been updated in a while, you can still use this tool.

You'll just need to add the information manually.


Ease of Use

The interface is easy to use, so don’t fret! You’ll just need to fill in the required sections before choosing the theme you want.

Visualize.me has 6 template options that you can stylize, so you get some choice without being completely overwhelmed by options.

What Sets It Apart

One of the best features of Visualize.me is the ability to highlight your skills and accomplishments in the form of statistics.

This visual representation of your skillset makes it easy for someone to see at a glance what experience you have.

This is the perfect option for job seekers looking for an extremely visual resume style.

Easel.ly

 
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The name says it all! Easel.ly allows you to make creative, graphic resumes…easily!

Similar to Visualize.me, this tool creates infographic-style resumes.

Templates

One major difference between the two, though, is that there are thousands of templates to choose from. You’ll have no problem finding one that suits your style.

All templates are fully customizable, so your resume now can stand out from the crowd!

What Sets it Apart

What really sets this tool apart from the rest is the ability for you to create your visual resume from scratch.

If you’re looking for more than a “plug and play” style resume builder, this is perfect for you.

Ease of Use

Easel.ly has an easy drag-and-drop interface so you can add graphics, change colors, and switch fonts.

You can make your resume look exactly how you want it, without the limitations of some template-based tools.

It offers the best of both worlds for creating a visual resume--templates if you’re looking for something quicker and more ‘ready-made’, or the ability to make a fully customized, one-of-a-kind graphic resume.

Downside

The only downside to this tool is that it doesn’t connect with LinkedIn, but Easel.ly is simple enough to use that having to input your information isn’t an issue (especially if you’re going the custom route!).

Standard Resume

 
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This tool is for anyone who wants a no-fluff resume.

Standard Resume lets you cut through the clutter so you can highlight your most important skills.

If you’re looking for a traditional resume builder, this is the one for you.

This is another tool that integrates with LinkedIn.

All you need to do is connect your LinkedIn Account with Standard Resume, and it will pull your job information and skills for you!

What Sets it Apart

The best thing about this tool is that it just takes a few steps to have the perfect resume.

Just enter your information, pick a color, and bam!

Resume complete, no formatting required.

What’s not to love?

Standard Resume boasts “distraction free writing”.

What does this mean?

They have created a tool without distractions, that allows you to focus on the content of your resume.

Ease of Use

If some of the more creative resume tools we’ve mentioned make your brain hurt, consider Standard Resume as your tool of choice.

You won’t get bogged down with endless design options, color choices, and graphic layouts. You can keep things simple and get your resume perfected and off to potential employers.

Standard Resume lets you download a PDF file to print, or you can share the link to your digital resume when applying for a job.

Kickresume

 
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If you’re the kind of person that wants the simplest way to create a great resume, this is the tool for you. Kickresume lets you create your resume in less than ten minutes--how great is that?

It’s simple!

Ease of Use

There are tons of templates for you to choose from, sorted by profession.

They’ve made it super easy for you to customize your chosen template, so you’re not spending hours fine-tuning your resume.

Downside

They don’t have the option for you to upload your information via LinkedIn, but it’s still very simple to input your information.

Templates

What’s great about Kickresume is that you can also create cover letters and personal websites.

They have templates available so you can have all the pieces you need to apply for your dream job, created in one place.

Submitting a cover letter with your resume is preferred (and often required) by employers.

What Sets them Apart

Kickresume has a place for you to create the perfect cover letter at the same time you’re crafting your resume.

You can make sure both your resume and cover letter have a similar look to feel professional.

One favorite feature Kickresume offers is ‘Grammar Correction’ - for a small fee, you can have your resume edited (not a computer, but by an actual person!).

They’ll correct grammar, and do an overall readability review so you know you’re submitting a top-notch resume.

Conclusion

These resume tools can be used by job seekers in any industry.

Think about your potential employer--what’s going to appeal to them the most?

What will make you stand out in a good way?

If you’re looking for work in a creative industry, consider one of the more visual tools like Easel.ly or Visualize.me.

If you consider your industry to be more “traditional”, then maybe Standard Resume or Kickresume is the choice for you.

Take some time to look at each tool and see which is the best fit for you.

Having a great resume can be the deciding factor in whether or not you’ll land an interview.

Employers are busy, and get tons of resumes when there is a job opening.

It’s important for you to put the work in to make sure your resume stands out from the crowd and doesn’t get tossed aside.

Pick your tool, create a killer resume now, and go out and get that job!

Which Resume Tool Will YOU Choose?

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Stephanie Berchiolly

Career Makeover Academy, 1002 North Meridian Avenue STE 100-PMB 180, Puyallup, WA, 98372

Teaching you the skills to get a new job or change to a career that you love.