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resume builderYou may have noticed that I have a thing for online résumé creators. In the past, I’ve looked at SlashCV Better Than A Resume - Enthuse.me Will Get You Excited About Looking For Work Better Than A Resume - Enthuse.me Will Get You Excited About Looking For Work Read More – a simple tool for creating PDF résumés – and Enthuse.me Better Than A Resume - Enthuse.me Will Get You Excited About Looking For Work Better Than A Resume - Enthuse.me Will Get You Excited About Looking For Work Read More , which is more like an online portfolio of your past work and your online presence. But my quest is far from over.

As I’ve already mentioned in the past, writing a résumé is one of my least favorite tasks in the whole world, and that’s why I’m drawn to these résumé builder tools, always looking for yet another way to simplify this painful process. So what do I have for you today?

Presenting: Répresent. In the spirit of minimalism and doing one thing well, Répresent is a super-simple Web app that is going to help you build a slick online résumé. No, it’s not going write it for you, it’s not that sophisticated, but its nice interface makes a tough job suddenly seem a whole lot easier, with a result looks official enough for serious companies, yet light and modern enough for startups, tech blogs, etc.

Creating Your Résumé With Répresent

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Before you can start creating your online résumé, you’ll need to create a Répresent account. This is a simple process, as expected, but there’s one very important thing to note. Répresent makes use of Gravatar for your résumé’s avatar. If you’d like to have your picture appear on your résumé, make sure you sign up to Répresent with the same email you used for your Gravatar account. This detail is only mentioned in the design section of your résumé, after you’ve already created your account, but you could save yourself time by knowing about it in advance.

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Now that you’re all set up, it’s time to start on your résumé. There are 6 parts to create your Répresent résumé: About, Experience, Education, Skills, Contact, and Design. You don’t necessarily have to complete them in this order – you can jump back and forth until you’ve included all the important details.

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As you go along, the resume builder app helps you on your way by providing some short tips on what you should include, or the recommended order for your items. These tips are not available for every field, but when they are, you’ll see them on the right side of the text box when you click on it.

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In the Experience, Education, and Skills section, you can add as many items as you wish. After completing your first item (Répresent suggests that you start with the most recent ones), click the plus sign to add another one with identical fields. Filling in all the fields is not a must. If you choose to leave some fields empty, they will simply not appear in the final result. Don’t worry about unseemly gaps either, the apps makes it almost unnoticeable that some details are missing.

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As you can see, everything is kept to bare minimum. There are not sophisticated fields, auto-complete, or drop-down menus – no one is going to do the writing or thinking for you. Pure text is the name of the game, and it works out wonderfully.

The Contact tab is the place to include any personal details you want to share. You can also add your personal website, and your Twitter and Facebook accounts, which will appear as links in the final result. Surprisingly, you can’t link to your LinkedIn account.

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The last step in the process is the Design tab. This is where you’ll finally be informed of the Gravatar issue. Luckily, you already know all about that, and have come prepared. If you don’t have a Gravatar account, and would like to have your picture appear on your résumé, you can create one for free on en.gravatar.com.

Aside from your picture, the Design tab includes two templates, and five color schemes to choose from. Not the world’s biggest selection, but between all the option, you can come up with 10 different designs, which is pretty respectable.

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The Final Result – Your Résumé

So you’re with all the steps. What now? When I reached this point, I looked for a “preview” option, or some way to look at my résumé before actually publishing online. Curiously enough, there is not such option. The only button I could find was “Publish”. As far as I could see, the page is not actually promoted anywhere, and the link is not shared anywhere automatically, so for all intents and purposes, it doesn’t really matter.

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So now you have your represent.io/YOURUSERNAME page with your online résumé, and you can easily share it with anyone. The result is definitely slick, and can be either laid back with minimal color (the first template), or bolder with a larger streak of color (the second template). The different colors also give the final product a distinct feel, so experiment with them until you find the perfect one for you.

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If you’re not happy with something, you can always go back and edit. The editing process is a little clunky. Click the “Edit” button and change whatever you wanted to change. When you’re done, you’ll two new buttons on the top right: “Save” and and eye “view your profile” icon. If you click “Save”, you’ll be redirected to your updated résumé. If you click the eye icon, you’ll be redirected to your updated résumé. In short, the eye icon is not very useful, and you must click “Save” to save your changes and view them. No preview option yet again.

As you may have noticed, there’s also a slight issue with my avatar. Répresent crops Gravatar’s image into a circle, assuming your face is smack in the middle of your avatar. This is not true in my case, which results in a slight crop to my head and face, which I can’t control or change.

Each Répresent résumé also comes with share buttons, so you or your viewers can easily share it through Facebook, Twitter, or email. Note that the default text for these is promotional for the app, not for you.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for an easy way to create a classic and solid online résumé builder, Répresent is an excellent option. There are no bells and whistles here, but it sure beats creating your own PDF document, and is also easier to share.

If you’re using LinkedIn, however, Répresent might not be the best option for you. In this case, you should check out these 2 tools to turn your LinkedIn profile into a neat-looking résumé 2 Tools To Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into A Neat-Looking Resume 2 Tools To Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into A Neat-Looking Resume LinkedIn isn't only good for networking. Those who maintain detailed LinkedIn profiles can turn them into informative online resumes to jump start their job search. There are a few handy tools that will both allow... Read More .

Share your favorite way to create a résumé in the comments!

  1. sachin goral
    April 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Really helpful as the quest for a job still continues for me...

  2. Alan Armstrong
    April 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    My big problem with Represent? The twitter-like brevity that is required. You are allowed so very few characters to explain or detail your experiences. Most of my jobs cannot be boiled down to a pithy line or two.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I guess that could be a problem, but I think not having a wordy CV has something going for it too. You can also do some more explaining in the actual job interview.

    • Alan Armstrong
      April 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Sure. That's assuming you get to the interview. I've managed a whole two interviews in the past three years. Maybe that's because my resume is "too wordy", but I doubt it.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

      I wasn't implying that, of course. :)

      I agree that it may be problematic to have such a short limit, especially for some jobs that need a lot of explaining.

  3. Catherine M
    April 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Soon I will be updating my resume for the purpose of re-educating my employer with not only my past accomplishments but with all that I have accomplished while in their employ. I want to give them reasons why they should create a position crediting who I am now and what I can do now. Using Represent will give me an advantage of not only a nice and functional resume but one that is ready to be electronically passed among all the management and human resources staff. I want to be top of mind when it comes to all staffing discussions and Represent may just be what I need to help me do that.

    Thanks for the nice review.

    Catherine

  4. woodrackets
    April 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Wasted on Windoze users.

  5. Igor Iri?
    April 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Unless they add couple of more templates, I do not see much benefit compared to LinkedIn feature Export to PDF. Yes, this is nice tool, but I would recommend it only to people that are creating their first resume or to the ones that do not have already resume on LinkedIn.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Personally, I don't use LinkedIn. I know most people do, but those who don't still may need a nice resume. :)

  6. LeDex JustDex
    April 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

    hmm, I usually stick to my own designs and such. I like my CV because I made it from scratch, the way I wanted it. It makes it more unique. But, this is a great post!

  7. macwitty
    April 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Looks nice and clean. + for the url

  8. Kirby
    April 2, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Another resume builder worth looking into. Thanks a lot.

  9. Saikat Basu
    April 2, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Love the minimalism. But to really catch on, they should have more templates I think. More the merrier.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I agree, two templates is not a lot. I hope to see more soon.

  10. Paul G. Janzen
    April 2, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I use Linkedin, so, thanks for the tip on the 2 tools

    • Febrian Adi
      April 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

      yeah, LinkedIn is good ^_^

  11. Rigoberto Garcia
    April 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Great Yaara. Thanks...

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