For many job seekers one of the biggest obstacles to getting started with the job search is writing or updating their resume. Of the various options for updating a resume, there are pros and cons to each.
Writing it yourself -- While no one knows your experience as well as you do, sometimes that it part of the problem. It can be hard to remember or discern the value of things that you've done in your career. Also, writing in "resume-speak" doesn't come easy to everyone.
Hiring a resume writer -- There are many excellent resume writers who can help you with your resume, but paying for this service can also range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Plus, there's no guarantee that a professionally written resume will outperform one that you've put together yourself.
Get help from your family or friends -- You may be lucky enough to have someone with experience in HR, writing and/or graphic design in your circle who can help you update your resume. If you go this route, make sure your helper understands how critical keyword matching is to making it through the online applicant tracking systems that most companies use in accepting applications.
Until recently, these options were pretty much the only ways to create or update a resume, but now there are online resume builders that eliminate the need to be a graphic designer or Microsoft Word power-user.
Today, I'd like to share with you one of those tools -- Resume Builder offers free, HR-approved resume templates to help you create a professional resume in minutes. Choose from several template options and even pre-populate a resume from your LinkedIn profile. Create an account to save your progress and multiple versions, plus download as a PDF.
Pretty cool, huh? Give it a shot and let me know what you think!