What Is a Resume Builder?
by Resume-Now Staff Writer
If you need to create a resume but don’t know where to begin, consider using a resume builder. Builders like Resume-Now’s help you create recruiter-approved templates very quickly by pulling pre-written text examples for each section of your resume.
Whether you’re a graduating student, in the middle of your career or a seasoned executive, resume builders can take the guesswork out of resume creation.
How Resume Builders Work
Resume builders are extremely easy to use. Here’s how they work:
Choose Your Template
Select a template based on resume examples pulled from thousands of job titles. Whether you work in education, food services or government, there are strong professional templates to choose from. You may also upload your existing resume for customization.
Put Your Resume Together
Next, you’ll go through your resume section by section. In each section, there will be pre-written text available specific to your industry and skillset. Once placed, you can customize the text to better fit your needs. Sections you’ll create include:
Header – Enter your name, email address, phone number and home address.
Work experience – Fill out the work experience section with information about your previous jobs, including a few bullet-points highlighting your accomplishments in each role. There will be pre-written bullet-points available for you to select based on your job title.
Education – Select your most recent education and enter basic information (e.g., school name, field of study).
Skills section – Based on your work experience, there will be a list of skills to choose from. If you’re not seeing what you need, you can type in your own terms or search a database.
Summary – Grab the hiring manager’s attention with a strong opening summary that highlights your strengths and achievements. You can choose a pre-written summary and edit it to your liking.
Add additional sections – You have the option of adding sections for accomplishments, activities/honors, websites, certifications or something with a custom title.
Format Your Resume
At this point, you’re almost done. As you put the finishing touches on your resume, you’ll arrange your resume into the format you’d like to use: chronological, functional or hybrid.
The chronological format is best at highlighting a consistent and strong work history; while the functional focuses on your skills and qualifications, and a hybrid places emphasis on both work achievements and skills. For more tips on picking the right format, see our overview on resume formats.
Download and Send
With one click, you can download your resume as a PDF or Word document, as well as send it to a friend.
The Benefits of Using a Resume Builder
Here are some of the key benefits of using a resume builder to create your next resume:
- Save Time (and Money). Writing a good resume takes time and experience. You could hire a resume-writing service (which costs $527 on average) or you could use a resume builder, which is free and can complete your resume in as little as 15 minutes, freeing up time for the job search and money for purchasing snazzy interview clothes.
- Enjoy Many Customization Options. Experts say that each resume should be customized for your industry, as well as the job you’re applying for. A resume builder streamlines the process, as you can create several versions of your resume in just a few minutes.
- Many Templates to Choose From. You may be concerned that using a pre-formatted resume will be generic. However, one of the benefits of using a resume builder is there are so many templates and styles available to you that you’ll have no trouble sticking out from the crowd. Plus, if you’re staring at a blank computer screen not sure where to begin, a template is a great way to kickstart the process.
- Examples from Experts. The content you’ll find in a resume builder isn’t some jargon cooked up by software engineers. Templates were gathered from all major industries and approved by recruiters, so you’re getting language and advice from the people who facilitate the hiring process.
If you like what you hear, you can use our Resume Builder. It’s free and pulls content from thousands of examples across a large variety of industries. You can have a job-winning resume in 15 minutes.