A resume is the first step to landing a job. But recruiters go through so many in a day that you need to make your CV stand out in the crowd. With the right tech tools, you can build an impressive, unique resume without needing any expertise whatsoever.
ATS Resume Templates (Web): Format Your CV So Robots Can Read It
You might be surprised to know that it’s highly likely your resume is never read by a human person. Recruiters use programs called Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), which are bots that read your CV. We have a full guide to trick ATS into approving your resume, but if you can’t be bothered to do that, just grab an ATS-ready template.
These templates come from Hloom, who have a huge database of amazing, free Microsoft Word templates for resumes. They look simple, but that’s on purpose, so no special characters, symbols, formatting, or images cause a problem with ATS software. Each template shows you how many people used it, what its salient features are, and a preview image. What else can you ask for?
EnhanCV (Web): Figure Out What to Write in Your Resume
Those ATS templates will tell you how to format your CV, but what matters more is the things you write in them. Do you have trouble figuring out what to include in “achievements”, or what your work experience should answer? EnhanCV is for anyone who wants to know what answers recruiters look for.
Log into the free site with your Facebook or LinkedIn account to import the basic details about yourself. Then, fill out EnhanCV. Click any field and EnhanCV will offer pointers based on common advice for resume building. For example:
Instead of listing responsibilities, demonstrate how you applied your specific skills and abilities to achieve something. Quantify your results to convey the scope and significance of your work.
If you’ve already done that, click the “Next” button for other suggestions. Still stuck? Click “Examples”. Soon, you’ll have an excellent resume that tells a recruiter exactly what he or she needs to know.
JobScan (Web): Optimize Keywords for Job Descriptions
JobScan is a deep resume analyzer that specifically targets ATS software to make sure your resume is keyword-ready for it. Their research identified common denominators among ATS software used by Fortune 500 companies, like keyword searches, keyword frequency, exact-match keywords, resume content parsing, and match rate.
So upload your resume as well as the description of the job you are applying for. JobScan compares the two and tells you how high the ATS will rank your CV. You’ll get a Match Rate that describes the right word count, whether you meet the requirements, and if you have included things like measurable results. You can further check how well the two compare in hard skills, soft skills, and other skills, along with a skill graph.
You’ll need to sign up and give your credit card information during it, but don’t worry, JobScan won’t charge you. The first month is free, and if you cancel during this period, you won’t be charged. After that, you get five scans per month.
RezScore (Web): Analyze and Improve Your Resume
You’ve created your resume, but you still need to know how good it is. RezScore uses a proprietary algorithm to compare your CV with research about what makes a good one. It’ll take a few minutes, after which you’ll get a full report card with an analysis and suggestions.
For starters, RezScore gives you a grade — you need to get as close to A as possible. Your CV is scored on its brevity, impact, and depth, so you know which sections to improve on. RezScore also offers tips for improvement, analyzes which industries your resume is best suited for, shows what kind of personality you are displaying, and maps out your skills on a graph.
If your score is low, you should probably rewrite your resume with these Ivy School guides.
Real Resumes (Web): Check Actual Resumes of Paid Professionals
All the aforementioned tools are great guides on making a resume, but you have to wonder, what does the CV of a paid professional from your industry actually look like? Well, here’s where you can browse thousands of real resumes to find out.
This collection is made by VisualCV, which is one of the top resume builder sites to create a CV. By helpfully categorizing the CVs in different professions, you will be able to quickly find someone who matches your current profile or targeted profession, and know what you need to show from your work experience.
How Do You Make Beautiful Resumes?
Get all the help to get past robots, in the end, your resume will go to an actual human. That’s when aesthetics matter. In the past, we have shown you some creative resume ideas for designers, but now anyone else can make a beautiful impact.
So we want to know what tools you have used to make beautiful CVs. Which gorgeous templates have you found for those without any aesthetic sense? How can someone with no design skills build a striking resume?
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