Paper just isn’t cutting it any more. Your résumé – also known as your CV – is your ticket to your next career – but printed tickets just don’t carry the magic they used to. Everything is online, now – including your next résumé. The great news? Thanks to some great new technology, entering details into an online résumé is hugely streamlined. In fact, a few online resume services will even drag information straight from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter if you have your CV uploaded to those services in some format. Here are three of the best online resume builders, curated for you.
Before we start, don’t forget to consider the advanced effects and transitions some of these services (e.g. Strikingly) tend to use – specifically, their impact on viewing your resume on slower machines (a danger more relevant to some industry applications over others). We were constructing our sample resumes, we were using the widely-regarded best ultrabook on the market today – the ThinkPad Carbon X1 – but bear in mind your would-be employers may not be so fortunate as to have access to such top-of-the-line kit.
Striking.ly aims to make beautiful landing pages a reality for individuals and companies. The interface is slick and the product is polished (although we’d like to see more control over the social aspects of your final page). Striking.ly itself has links to numerous other hosting and domain registration services, as well as paid pro modes, but the simple version is free for everyone.
If you’re after a more graphical take on your life’s adventures, Vizualize.me has you covered. It’ll import your résumé, apply a few different templates and, basically, convert you into an infographic. Vizualize.me will give your recruiters something exciting to look at – and there are a few customization options that will help you transform your résumé into a blockbuster graphic.
If there is a downside to Vizualize.me, it’s that the template selection is a little thin on the ground right now, and making your own templates isn’t a possibility. However, a one-click profile import from LinkedIn tool more than makes up for these deficits.
The simplest but arguably most effective of resume transformers, Lkd.to collates all your social media profiles (and websites and blogs) into one great looking landing page. The templates are gorgeous (if limited in scope), and set-up takes less time than it did for you to read this article up to here.
Lkd.to is not a formal résumé host, but it does generate snazzy vCards for anyone after your contact details. It beats Bump, either way. Best of all, Lkd.to is utterly free. What are you waiting for?
Sam is a cross-domain academic with interests in psychology, technology, education. He founded and runs Handcrafted, a boutique web application development company. You can catch the company blog at http://www.handcraftedco.de.
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