You may have noticed that I have a thing for online résumé creators. In the past, I’ve looked at SlashCV – a simple tool for creating PDF résumés – and Enthuse.me, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Share your favorite way to create a résumé in the comments!