Writing a resume (or CV – curriculum vitae) is often easier said than done. It’s bad enough that those of you who find themselves writing a resume have to deal with the fact that you’re unemployed – or simply unhappy in your current job. You also have to deal with the time constraints involved in customizing different resumes for different positions.
Plus, the potential cost of having a professional write one for you if you’ve never done it before, or it’s been a long time since you last wrote a resume. And the confusion as to how they’re supposed to be formatted, what information they’re to contain, and figuring out the current standards used in your specific job market for resume writing.
All this can make the process of writing your latest resume a nightmare when it really doesn’t have to be. Thankfully, there are a number of different options out there to choose from in the form of both native and online resume builders. A good resume builder will take the guess work out of the process and let you focus on seeking out the opportunities you’re looking for.
Here are four positive advantages of using a resume builder that all job seekers need to consider next time they find themselves looking for a new position:
1. Time Savings
When you’re looking for a job, time is the most precious commodity you have.
There’s no question about it. Writing a winning resume takes time. Regardless if you know a friend who can write a resume in 20-minutes, hand it in, and get a job within days. This can be done in entry level positions like food service and customer service.
However, if you’re a hard working professional, in an industry that’s highly knowledge and/or skill-based, you know that a quality resume takes much more time than that. Since each resume has to be tailored to every position you apply for, it means spending hours tweaking and editing as opportunities come up.
A resume builder will offer several fully formatted templates to choose from, with data entry the only requirement needed from you.
Hiring a resume writing professional can be pretty expensive, if you’re hiring a reputable service that understands the nuances that go into writing a resume that will get you the job. Hiring a freelancer to do the same task can be seemingly much less expensive. However, if you don’t get the job because the resume’s not up to par, you may be making one of the most costly decisions of your life (ie., what’s that job worth to you?)
Quality, feature-rich, paid resume builders are inexpensive to purchase and you can use them forever. Free resume builders are also good. You’ll find they have fewer features to work with such as cloud-based storage, however, you have many choices to consider in deciding what solution is best for your job search needs.
3. Real Time Customization
With a resume builder, you can store as many resumes as you like at any given time. Sort them by industry, full/part-time, or whatever you wish. When the time comes to use a specific resume, you can customize to suit a given position, then deploy via email or print on-the-fly.
4. Zero Confusion (information, formatting, etc.)
Resume builders just make the whole process of building your CV easier. With everything preformatted and with several formats to choose from, all that’s required of you is to input the information requested and let the software do the rest of the work for you. Most have built-in spell and grammar checkers also, making writing a resume in this day-and-age easier than it’s ever been!
Now over to you…
Are you using any resume builders? If so, please name one that you’re using, and share with us what you think of the tool.