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post #1 of 22 Old September 23rd, 2014, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Reccommend me a free resume builder

Looking to change careers so I need a resume. Is there a free resume builder that is quick and easy with no BS gimmicks?
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I used Live Career. Made an account, then after I printed it I canceled the account. But then I recently updated my resume and just used a Word document. Doesn't need to be a perfect template, I've seen people score careers with really basic resume formats

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If you can afford to hire someone to build it professionally. While I didn't go this route I understand it is a great option. I have spent hours upon hours building my resume.
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The best way to build a resume is to keep it updated as you progress.

If you don't have one now, sit down, and spend a few hours on it. How much time you spend on it can change your life.

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If you don't like any templates that word offers, im sure there are plenty more to download online. In middle school and high school, they made us go on a site for wisconsin students called wiscareers. It has a portfolio editer that we would hate because it was so lame, but as I moved to highschool and college, I love the thing because you just enter your info and bam a resume is built for you

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Its really not all that hard to build a resume - don't rely on a cool looking template. A resume is basically a list of your education, experience, and achievements.

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The format is not important ( unless you are applying to be a professional resume builder...in which case, you wouldn't be posting this question)....focus on the content and selling yourself.

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A guy I knew who got out of the navy before me had his professionally written. I copied the format and it's been working well. For some places, format and style doesn't matter because it's just a computer that sees it. But they do eventually matter. You have to tailor your resume for the specific job.....therefore, do not submit your master resume. A good website to learn key words to include for the job posted is tagcrowd.com. since most companies use computers to scan and reduce the amount of applicants, using buzz words helps you get an interview. That's the whole point of a resume.

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Personally, I think format is a huge part of a professional looking resume. If you're applying for anything you would consider a career, you want your format to be on point and organized. If the employer spends more than a few seconds trying to find something on a resume, there is a good chance they aren't going to even continue looking through it.

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Here's a link to the template I used. Mine has molded away from this a bit these days, but its a good start.

Nice and clean, good white balance, room for plenty of info for entry-mid level. I've used this basic format with great success. (I've eliminated objective, deleted second address section, merged Certs into education, activities is now organizations, no hobbies section, other skills is now "technical skills")

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

Make sure everything lines up and is formatted consistently. In your experience use a combination of quantitative and qualitative achievements/duties. Don't repeat verbiage.

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Also don't get sucked into this 1 page resume thing. I have a 2 page resume and it has never been an issue what so ever.
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Mine is 1 and a half pages. But 1 page is fine

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Looking to change careers so I need a resume. Is there a free resume builder that is quick and easy with no BS gimmicks?
NO! Those words should never go together, ever!

The best "no BS gimmicks" resume builder you're going to find involves your fingers, a keyboard, a computer with microsoft word, and a little bit of your time. The whole point of your resume is to stand out from everyone else applying for the job. How's it going to look when you submit the same templated resume as the other 700 applicants? Make it unique and stand out. Keep the resume focused on the job you are applying for. If you use a lot of generalized lingo, it'll probably be overlooked in the scanning phase.

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As everyone else said, don't cheap out on doing your resume, it matters in the end. Do some Google searches for resume tip writing. Beyond.com offers a nice service that automatically reviews your resume and gives you a grade on it, plus they offer services and help. If you went to a college of any sort, e-mail them and they'll help you as well. I redesigned mine based off of what my college had listed. You can probably google that information and it'll come up under some random colleges information so you can look at what they suggest.



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Yup. Its best to do it yourself since you know everything about yourself, nd how your resume is constructed will tell potential employers a lot about you.

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A guy I knew who got out of the navy before me had his professionally written. I copied the format and it's been working well. For some places, format and style doesn't matter because it's just a computer that sees it. But they do eventually matter. You have to tailor your resume for the specific job.....therefore, do not submit your master resume. A good website to learn key words to include for the job posted is tagcrowd.com. since most companies use computers to scan and reduce the amount of applicants, using buzz words helps you get an interview. That's the whole point of a resume.
Agreed. And to add to add to this, there is also a ton of key words you should not use. Those are just an important.

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I disagree on the 1 page thing. 1 page is ideal if you have limited experience. And by limited I mean even someone graduating from college with a 4 year degree and some work experience can still easily fit all of their stuff on a resume in one page. I guarantee you that if there is a bunch of applicants for the typical entry level professional job, the hiring manager is not going to read past the first page. If your important information is not front and center, it's headed to the trash. Things to not include on a resume to shorten it to one page would be address and hobbies. You do not need to put your address on a resume. They're going to assume you live somewhere anyway, and aren't living in a cardboard box. Address is not important. Hobbies are also not important either. They may ask you during the interview, but the fact that you like fly fishing and building model cars is not going to get you an interview, your past work experience and/Or education will get you the interview. Trimming the fat from a resume is just as important as creating one. There's no need to include a bunch of unnecessary stuff because it makes it look like you're trying to fill space.

Even high school. Unless you just graduated from high school and that's all you have to list for education, then don't include high school. Even if you are still in college, the hiring manager doesn't give a shit about your GPA or what you took in high school, or even where you went to high school. Especially if you graduated college already, there is no need to include your high school on a resume and it just wastes space. If you graduated from college you obviously graduated from high school, they don't need to know when and where since it doesn't matter.

Obviously if you are applying for a position of high caliber and multi page resume would be in order. But then again you're probably not going to be 1 of 200 applicants for a position like that either, and probably wouldn't be asking for advice on a car forum on how to build a resume.

Keep is to one page, make you education and work experience front and center. List your specialties and things like that. Avoid key words like Perfectionist, and shit like that. You can do a lot of reading online about how to formulate a good resume. Read those, and use one of their example templates, but type it in word, and don't feel you have to follow the template to a T

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My resume is about 2 & 1/4 pages long. And its about to get longer.

Reason being - I have a lot of corporate 'achievements' worth mentioning: project management, application design, team building, stuff etc. that employers like to see.

I think I'm going to update my resume right now and list my recent accomplishments.

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If you have things like that then it's okay. A lot of people have their resumes spill over into two pages because they include useless information like their high school.
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