Should You Use A Resume Builder?


© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Amazing Resume Creator"


The proper resume builder can be a great tool to help a job seeker create an effective resume. Typically, these resume builders are automated programs that prompt you to enter in the relevant information about yourself, starting with your name, address, contact numbers, job experience and educational qualifications. These programs then take this information and arrange it in the format that will ensure that you finish up with a professional and effective resume. What's nice about a resume builder is that a good one will combine the best aspects of writing a resume yourself and the convenience and security of using a resume template or resume writing service.

A resume builder is valuable because we don't live in an ideal world. In an ideal world, each job hunter would have the time and confidence to simply write their own resume. Writing a resume for yourself gives you complete control over every word that goes don on that piece of paper. It makes sure that every piece of information that you present to the world is accurate, relevant to you and --- most importantly --- strategically aimed at getting you the job interview. To reach this level off effectiveness, the resume writer has to do a lot of thinking and research to learn the sorts of duties, problems, responsibilities and expectations that the dream job has, then tailors his or her job experience description to match up with those. It's a powerful technique, and has the added benefit of clarifying how you would want to sell yourself in an actual face-to-face interview.

How Resume Builders Work

Unfortunately, it is also very time consuming, which is where the resume builder comes in. Like I said before, we don't live in an ideal world. Between doing our jobs and living our lives, it is often tough to make the time and energy available to do this sort of in-depth job searching work. A good resume builder, however, does much of it for us. A well-written builder will prompt you to provide the information that will result in an extremely effective resume, in a fraction of the time. What's more, a great resume builder will format this information in a clean, organized and contemporary way.

Naturally, though, not all resume builders are created equal. When you are looking for a resume builder to use, bear in mind that you frequently get exactly what you pay for. Using a free resume builder, for example, frequently results in resumes that are pretty close to worthless. Look for a resume builder being offered by a reputable, experienced career consultancy, which is more likely to have some sort of experience and strategy behind their products. Lastly, don't rely on the resume builder to do all the work for you. Though a great builder can get your resume most of the way there, before you send it out you owe it to yourself to go over it very very closely and make sure that it says exactly what you want it to.

 

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