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Top 3 Websites To Build A Free Resume Online

Tina Sieber 18-03-2010

Top 3 Websites To Build A Free Resume Online Resume06When you’re looking for a job, you don’t have a lot of chances to catch the interest of a potential employer. After the cover letter, the curriculum vitae (CV) or resume is one of the first documents recruiters see. To keep them interested in you, this document should highlight your strengths, be easy to scan, yet look unique and interesting.


You may wonder what the difference is between a CV and a resume? The main difference is the length. A resume is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, and experiences. A CV covers more details and is primarily used when applying for jobs in academia, education, science, and research.

A great way to quickly compile a resume and not forget about any details are online tools. This article covers the top 3 websites to create a CV or build a free resume online.


Don’t be misled by the name. As I said, the main difference between a CV and a resume is the length. So simply limit yourself to the essential details and this CV builder will create a document that qualifies as a resume.

CeeVee essentially works like editing an online profile. You’re not guided through the process step-by-step, you can fill in the information in any order you please. To customize your document, you can add sections to your resume, remove existing sections, and add as many entries to each section as you like. You can also choose from three different themes, which will affect both the display on the website, as well as the output document.

build a free resume online

The resulting CV or resume can be shared online, downloaded as a PDF, or you can print it.

2. Free Resume Creator

This tool isn’t as pretty as CeeVee, but definitely a more advanced way to build a free resume online. Another advantage is that you don’t have to sign up to use it.

You start by selecting your desired resume style. In the next steps you fill in your personal information, education, employment, and any additional information. Before completing the document, you can choose font styles and colors.

build a free resume online

The document can be printed or downloaded as PDF, HTML, or plain text. If you would like to save the document online to come back and edit it later, you will have to sign up.

The PCman Website also provides online services to create a cover letter and reference page.

3. Advice Resources CV Builder

This CV or resume builder leaves you with two options. You can either view a list of templates and download any you like or take the step-by-step builder route. Neither requires you to sign up, but to save your CV online, you have to create an account. However, this can wait until you have seen the result.

Building your CV is done in 12 steps. The tool polls for your name, contact details, motivation, work experience, skills, education, additional qualifications, personal interests, referees, and finally your preferred layout. You can then download and check the result as a .rtf document and eventually go back and edit your CV.

build a free resume online

As the screenshot above reveals, Advice Resources provide additional material to prepare yourself before building your CV. You can build your job seeking skills, your CV confidence, and your CV knowledge.

Before you send a resume to a potential employer, make sure the service you used to build your resume works as expected and your document is thoroughly formatted and does not contain spelling errors.

For more information regarding resumes, check out the following MakeUseOf articles:

Also have a look at The Riley Guide’s material on Resumes & Cover Letters as well as For Dummies’ The Essentials of Preparing a Resume.

Good luck!

Image credits: sibaudio

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  1. Hakan
    September 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Just try out It's just like MS Word.

  2. mike
    March 29, 2010 at 1:27 am

    saw all three a great resouce

  3. Jim Sheafer
    March 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    * multiple resumes
    * URL with your name in it
    * email notification when your resume is viewed
    * 10 different resume layouts
    * Enter info once and change layouts at will.
    * Download in 7 different formats

    Much better than any listed here, IMO


    • Tina
      March 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm


      of course I tried Emurse. And Emurse was the reason I added the warning at the end of the article to thoroughly test any service before actually using it.

      I set up my resume and tried using the service that lets you send your resume directly to potential employers. Of course I sent it to myself. The eMail with file attachment arrived fine, however, the documents were useless.

      The error message in Word was something like "the converter could not be started: mswrd632.wpc." The document that opened was empty. In Adobe Reader the pdf could not be opened because "the file type is not supported or because the file is damaged".

      Moreover, I replied to Alex' welcome message ["We'd love to hear any feedback you may have (both positive and negative)."] and explained the issue. I have not yet heard back from them and it has been 9 days.

      In my book, those are good reasons NOT to recommend Emurse.

  4. Jim Sheafer
    March 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    * multiple resumes
    * URL with your name in it
    * email notification when your resume is viewed
    * 10 different resume layouts
    * Enter info once and change layouts at will.
    * Download in 7 different formats

    Much better than any listed here, IMO


  5. Federica
    March 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    This is an Italian web application doing the same:
    Soon it wil be translated!

  6. Federica
    March 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

    This is an Italian web application doing the same:
    Soon it wil be translated!

  7. Seif Sallam
    March 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    CeeVee: clean interface, customizable, but give the control to the user (doesn't help me, to create my CV)

    The others: Ugle UI, but help me through making CV. But main problem that they create so lame CV.

    Don't feel bad, because I'm working on creating Web Application that will be both. great UI and walks me through with tips on creating a new CV. My application will be a repository and on-the-fly create tailored resumes for every job description (Not one resume to rule them all)

  8. Jack Cola
    March 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    These tools will come in handy for me in the next couple of days. Thanks for the post.

  9. ZwercK
    March 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Here's another one, made especially for Europe: