These Resume Templates Cost Less Than Your Lunch

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These Resume Templates Cost Less Than Your Lunch

If you’ll be looking for a job in 2015, now is the time to update your resume—including looking into resume templates. Starting off with a blank document can be overwhelming for many, particularly for people who aren’t experienced in formatting and design. Templates don’t have to be as cookie-cutter as the name implies, and can serve as a useful starting point. You can even save a copy of the original template, and then play around with different typefaces, rearrange sections, and make any other desired changes until you arrive at a version that suits you best.

Searching for a job can be a lengthy process, with numerous costs arising along the way. With that in mind, below are five resume templates that cost less than a lunch:

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$10 via Etsy

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$6 via Creative Market

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Free via Primer Magazine

See also:

4 Minimalist Resume Templates

Using Resume Templates in your Job Search

Resume Templates to Highlight Your Accomplishments

How to Choose Resume Keywords

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How to Choose Resume Keywords

By now, many job seekers have heard about how important it is to use resume keywords. Whether an applicant tracking system or a hiring manager is reviewing your resume, you’re more likely to be considered for a role if you use specific keywords related to the position. But how do you decide which words to use? Below are some suggestions for researching resume keywords.

Job listings

The most obvious place to start is with searching job listings. Look through job listings in your industry, or desired industry, to get a sense of the most wanted skills and qualifications. What’s emphasized? Many job descriptions list Microsoft Office, for example, but some will go further and specify requirements for advanced Excel skills, or experience using templates in Word. Including concrete details in your resume skills section about what you can do with various tools can make you stand out as a candidate. Pay attention to the specific vocabulary and terminology used for skills and abilities, and make sure your resume reflects it.

Resumes and LinkedIn profiles

Visit Indeed.com and click “Find Resumes.” Search for skills, tools, and technologies related to the jobs you are seeking, and take note of the ones that appear on numerous resumes. Do another search for fields and job titles related to your job search and again, make note of keywords you see repeatedly.

Browse the profiles of people in your industry on LinkedIn. Don’t limit your search to just one job title or keyword. Profiles that rank highly in the search results are likely to have used keywords effectively, so do pay particular attention to those profiles. LinkedIn profile summaries are a particularly good source of keywords.

Industry sources

No matter what your industry or profession, there are likely related blogs and trade publications to read. Seek them out to stay up-to-date on the expectations for your field. Following subject matter experts and leading companies on social media is another way to learn about emerging tools, trends, and skills. Staying ahead of the curve is especially important if you think you will have to fight age bias in your job search.

Word clouds

If you’re a visual learner, give a word cloud a try. A word cloud is an image made from text; the words that appear the largest in the word cloud are the ones that appeared most frequently in the text used to create the image. There are plenty of free word cloud tools available online; I happen to like WordItOut. It’s easy to use, and has plenty of customization options.

This word cloud was generated from a job posting for a UI designer.

This word cloud was generated from a job posting for a UI designer.

Make a few word clouds from the text of job descriptions that interest you. It’s a quick way to get a good sense of the skills and experience in demand in your field.

This word cloud was generated from the job posting for a mobile marketing role.

This word cloud was generated from the job posting for a mobile marketing role.

Jobscan

When using resume keywords, keep in mind that quality of your keyword use matters. To get an instant analysis of how well your resume is tailored for a specific job, visit Jobscan and paste in the text of your resume and the text of the job posting. Jobscan will give you feedback about what you’ve done well and what you can do better, along with an overall score for how well your resume matches up.

See also:

How to Optimize Your Resume for Keywords

8 Things You Need to Know About Resume Keywords

How to Format Resume Skills

Six Qualities of Extraordinary Networkers

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Hello Jobscan members!

Nowadays, in order to be a successful networker, it seems a person must be able to tweet, post, comment, like, and share with all the omniscient force of Ryan Seacrest or a web-shattering backside.

The reality is that many great networkers rely on other, eh, assets to build a strong network and garner loyal followers. The star of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon is a prime example of such qualities and he has an incredible career.

We at Jobscan.co would like to share Jimmy’s top six qualities (ranked and dubbed by careerealism.com as “The Jimmy Fallon Effect”) that make him such an extraordinary networker.

1. Be Sincere and Genuinely Interested    

You get a sense that if you were to run into Jimmy on the street, he would be exactly as he is on his show. And he is because he doesn’t try to be anyone other than his goofy, open, awkward, silly self.

“Sincerity is a key trait of great networkers” (careerealism.com) as followers feel they can trust the network and its motives. Trying to make something “bigger and badder” than what it is will only spawn suspicion and distrust.

Jimmy’s sincerity is a recognizable trait and one of his greatest strengths when interviewing the wide scope of entertainers that stop by his show: from actors to musicians, athletes, authors, TV personalities, celebrities, cooks, and newscasters.

No matter what content it brought to the show, Jimmy appears to be genuinely interested. He transforms into a big schoolboy behind the teacher’s desk: asking questions, listening intently, and making relevant comments.

His guests never feel ignored or shorthanded. Loyal and potential followers of a network should feel that same satisfaction. Why should followers remember you if they feel insincere vibes or disinterest from you?

2. Be Positive and Enthusiastic

Jimmy is basically a real-life Olaf from Frozen. It seems nothing can deter that incredible positivity and enthusiasm. Any endeavor fueled by a sunny demeanor will fly further than one half-heartedly propelled by a Debbie Downer. A network powered by such magnetism draws people in and inspires confidence, which can open doors for you.

For example, Jimmy has been successful asking his guests to participate in many of his funny gags, including Will.i.am to co-write a novelty single for the teenage girl segment, “Ew!” and Jay Leno to return as a guest and perform standup.

No matter how qualified or unqualified a person is, if they bring enough positivity and enthusiasm with them, they are more likely to succeed, whether that is accruing new network followers, reconstructing your entire resume for a career change, or nailing that first interview!

3. Humble Team Player

Jimmy’s repertoire with the show’s announcer, Steve Higgins, is a great partnership. Especially when they just let loose and the cracks and sound effects are flying. They support each other onstage and the same can be said of Jimmy’s on-stage antics with The Roots, the show’s band.

Jimmy makes a point to acknowledge those onstage with him, whether it’s Higgins, The Roots, or a guest. He’s the show’s star but he’s not just networking for himself. He’s “super-connecting”, focusing on creating collaborations between people within his network. Whenever The Roots crank out a new album out or one of his writers has written a book, Jimmy makes sure to give it a shout-out on the show.

“Super-connecting” is crucial to networks because it creates virtual hubs for followers to network within your network.

Large companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to “super-connect” employees. ATSs collect and filters outside resumes coming in but it also stores resume information on current employees, allowing them to be considered for openings too.

No matter how bright and star-studded your network becomes, staying dedicated to your longest fans will only make your network stronger.

4. Confident

“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”

This was famously said by Jimmy’s good pal, the hilarious Amy Poehler but Jimmy fits the boot too. Jimmy’s confidence in all his silliness makes his jokes pop, his musical and physical comedy snap, and all his silly segments shine (“Ew!”). It takes a very confident man to dress up as a teenage girl in a pink dress.

This goes hand-in-hand with being positive and enthusiastic but there are situations where confidence’s more grounded approach is more effective. For example, explaining on a resume why you were fired from your previous job. Being confident enough to admit your mistakes to the recruiter isn’t silly at all.

Jimmy tackles his mistakes by acknowledging them. Like any comedian, his jokes sometimes fall flat or a new segment will fail fabulously (no offense, but Hashtag the Panda has got to go) but Jimmy is able to laugh about the effort and learn from his mistakes, which is what every successful networker must do: be confident enough to fail so they can succeed.

5. Current

Networks have a responsibility to stay relevant to their loyal followers and that includes staying “up-to-date” with the times. Or at least aware of what’s trending, what’s current. The jokes on The Tonight Show poke fun at current issues, whether it be sports or politics. Perhaps one of his more successful segments is “Hashtags” where he reads jokes by his viewers off the show’s Twitter.

Staying current is more than dishing the latest news. The ability to be adaptable as a network is key to garnering new followers, keeping pace with existing members, and basically, staying alive.

Trivia: Anyone remember Myspace?

6. Respectful and Thankful

It’s impossible to achieve success alone. And networks never ever make it alone. At the end of the day, a network is for its followers and would not exist if not for its followers (no matter how good it is).

Jimmy is respectful to every guest on his show and thanks every audience that attends. He values their participation during the live tapings and through the show’s website and Twitter.

A simple thank you or follow-up goes a long ways. Many overlook follow-ups for submitted job applications, for job interviews, to new members of your network.

The trick is not gaining as many followers as possible but keeping them. Being respectful and grateful to anyone you encounter in your network is a must and what will make your network extraordinary.

 

By Millie Reinhardsen

http://www.jobscan.co/blog/

http://www.careerealism.com/networkers-qualities-jimmy-fallon/

The Resume Template Trend You Should Avoid

There are numerous reasons to use a resume template, but if you go that route, it’s important choose a template carefully. It’s common for templates to be loaded with unnecessary elements and features, such as photos and graphics. And today we’re talking about one particular resume template feature you should avoid: skills ratings.

Unlike a typical skills section, some resume templates feature skills ratings with one skill listed per line next to a corresponding space where you rate your own ability level for each skill. These ratings sections are typically on a scale of one to five, one being low and five being high. Stars and circles are the most common shapes used for the scale.

Sometimes people choose to use hard skills, rating themselves on, for example, the various programming languages they know. Others choose to use soft skills or more general skills. In the resume template example below, the candidate has rated herself 5/5 in kindness, but 3/5 in responsibility. How many interviews do you think anyone would get with this resume?

 

Skills ratings such as this one are more likely to hurt than to help.

Skills ratings such as this one are likelier to hurt than help.

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These skills ratings are meaningless at best, and harmful at worst. A hiring manager won’t be impressed by any 5/5 ratings you give yourself. You’re using your resume to try to make a good impression, so your 5/5 could be an exaggeration. If you give yourself perfect ratings across the board, a hiring manager might think you aren’t being honest or realistic. And if you give yourself a mediocre or low rating, that will also send up red flags—if you aren’t good at something, why list it on your resume? The hiring manager might question your judgment.

Also, there’s no way for anyone else to know exactly what you’re basing your rating on. Are you comparing yourself to your current co-workers? To how much your ability has improved over a year, or over a decade? Are you basing your rating on a recent project you completed using a particular skill? Or on how many different types of tasks you can complete using a certain skill?

These skills ratings are all subjective, with no information provided beyond the rating itself. They don’t add any value to your resume, so stick with the traditional skills section. When choosing a resume template, avoid choosing one that uses skills ratings.

See also:

What You Should Know Before Using a Resume Template

4 Minimalist Resume Templates

Using Resume Templates in Your Job Search

Resume Tips: Signs Your Resume Isn’t Working for You

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Resume Tips: Signs Your Resume Isn’t Working for You

Meeting with mentors, preparing questions to common interview questions, and researching resume tips are just a few ways that job seekers can make sure their job hunt is staying on track. If you are searching for a job with no success, one of your first steps should be to take stock of your resume and other application materials (cover letters, samples, etc.). Your resume acts as your first impression, and should be tailored to market you as an ideal candidate for each given role. There are two main indicators that your resume may not be working for you:

No interest

There are many potential steps in today’s hiring process, including supplemental applications, online assessments, brief phone screens, video conference interviews, and of course the gamut of in-person interview types. In addition to the traditional one-on-one interview, there are group interviews (where several candidates are present) and panel interviews (where one candidate meets with several interviewers at once).

If your applications haven’t been getting a response, and you haven’t been invited to progress through the hiring process at all, then you need to consider your application materials—and possibly your application methods. According to ERE, the average job posting receives 250 applications. If you use a generic resume, or even one of a handful you’ve tailored for different roles or industries, you’re asking for your resume to be overlooked. An applicant tracking system and a human go about it in different ways, but both are ultimately sifting through all the applicants to find the ones most closely aligned with the role. If you don’t take the time to consider your resume keywords, you’re likely to be passed over in favor of candidates whose resumes demonstrate that they’d be a great fit for that specific role.

Mismatched interest

It’s a common tactic for many job seekers to apply for “reach” jobs, one for which they think they’re a great fit, and ones they might be a bit overqualified for. Depending on your skill set and experience, you might also be applying for roles in a variety of industries and for different types of companies, instead of just a particular niche.

If you are getting interest only from your “safe” jobs, it could be a sign that you aren’t selling your experience or accomplishments well. If you are getting interest from roles that only partially match what you’re looking for, or from fields outside your own, it could mean that your resume lacks focus. If you include too much information on your resume, it could seem overly broad or generic, and make it difficult for hiring managers to understand who you are as a candidate.

When editing your resume, one main factor to consider is its length. The more you include, the more you run the risk of a hiring manager not seeing the most important information. Your resume is only going to be looked at for a handful of seconds before the hiring manager decides whether they’re interested or not. You don’t have time to give every detail of your work history, list the entirety of your skill set, or explain all of the organizations you were affiliated with in college. Maintain a separate career management document, and submit a keyword targeted, tightly-focused version of your resume every time you apply.

To get a sense of how well you’ve tailored your resume for a particular role, use Jobscan’s resume analysis tool. Paste in the text of your resume and the text of your job description, and get instant feedback about what you’ve done well and what you can improve.

See also:

8 Things You Need to Know About Applicant Tracking Systems

Resume Writing: Less is More

Resume Tips: Creating a Career Management Document

Resume Builder Review: JobSpice

The JobSpice home page.

The JobSpice home page.

If you need to create a resume, and want to focus your efforts on your resume content while streamlining the formatting process, then a resume builder is the tool for you. We have previously reviewed two online resume builders—and tried a dozen others that didn’t merit mentioning. And after putting JobSpice to the test, it’s clear that it’s the best resume builder out there.

Created in 2009, JobSpice is a simple and effective tool that allows you to quickly create a great-looking resume. Lots of resume builders lure users in with promises of free resumes, but pile on restrictions so extensive that what you are allowed to download for free isn’t a finalized resume at all. This isn’t the case with JobSpice. They have resume designs at three price points: free, $9, and $12. When you’re satisfied with the resume you’ve created, you can then download the completed version in .pdf or .docx format—whether you’ve chosen a free design or a premium one.

A screenshot of a completed sample resume.

A screenshot of a completed sample resume.

Getting started

Creating your resume is simple. You enter your contact information into fields provided; after that, you choose which sections you want to use and fill those out similarly. You can include as much or as little information in each section as you wish.

Inputting your information is easy and straightforward.

Inputting your information is easy and straightforward.

If you prefer, you can also start by importing information from your LinkedIn profile.

Editing

It’s easy to switch between templates if you want to see how your resume looks with different layouts. All you have to do is select the template you want to try and click “apply.” With every template, it’s easy to make tweaks to the font size and to the margins (and you can adjust the top, bottom, left, and right margins each individually).

Rearranging sections within your resume is easy as well. The sections you’re using are listed on the lefthand side of the screen. To move a section, just drag and drop them into your preferred order. There are handy “undo” and “redo” buttons at the top of the page, so don’t hesitate to experiment.

JobSpice makes it easy to choose the sections you want to use, skip the ones you don't need, and create custom sections if needed.

It’s easy to choose the sections you want, and to create custom sections if needed.

By going into the “manage” tab, you can easily edit your resume to create multiple, tailored versions. This makes it simple to use targeted resume keywords for specific job postings each time you apply. (For help with doing that effectively, give Jobscan’s resume analysis tool a try.)

Pricing

There are no dubious pricing practices here. Many of the available resume templates are free, and the premium designs are reasonably priced, at $9 or $12, depending on the design.

An assortment of free, $9, and $12 resume templates.

An assortment of free, $9, and $12 resume templates.

JobSpice is our recommended resume builder for a host of reasons. It is easy to use, simple to customize, and has no hidden fees or restrictions—within minutes, you’re able to create a polished, professional resume and download it in widely-used file types. And the ability to easily create new, targeted versions of your resume makes it the perfect resume builder for active job seekers.

See also:

Resume Builder Review: Resume Genius

Resume Builder Review: LiveCareer

How to Optimize Your Resume for Keywords

Common Resume Format Errors

Common Resume Format Errors

While it’s common for job seekers to spend lots of time agonizing over the content of their resumes, many overlook the importance of their resume format. On average, a recruiter or hiring manager is only going to spend six seconds reading your resume, which means that you need to make it easy to read at a glance. Below are three common resume format mistakes that can make resumes harder to read.

Misaligned text

One trend in resume templates is a format split into two columns, with the text of the left column aligned to the right, and the text of the right column aligned to the left. Below is a sleek resume template that uses this layout effectively:

This resume template uses right-aligned text effectively. The key is to format only short pieces of information this way.

Resume template via Etsy, $16.02

The reason why this resume template works so well is that the longer, more detailed content is in the column where the text is aligned left. Using this standard formatting keeps the information easy to read. The text that’s aligned to the right is limited to brief words and phrases that are easy to take in at a glance. Long strings of text that are aligned to the right are tricky to read. Making the meat of your resume harder to read is unwise, to say the least.

Aligning text to the right can be a great design choice, but choose wisely the information you format this way. Always prioritize legibility and function above aesthetics. The more effort someone has to spend deciphering your resume, the less effort they’re putting into actually reading and retaining the information you’ve included.

Another common mistake people make with text alignment is to center some or all of their resume information. Centering your contact information at the top is fine, but centering text in the body of the resume can be problematic. Centering section headers, job titles, and/or dates can be jarring and confusing if the bulk of the resume’s text is aligned left. It can be hard for the eye to decipher what information belongs together.

We’ve also seen one resume where the entire thing was centered—every single line of it. It’s not uncommon for the text of wedding invitations to be centered like this, which unfortunately seems to have given some people the impression that centered text is standard for formal documents. It isn’t. In the case of resumes, all centering your text does is make the reader work harder. Make the reader’s job as easy as possible.

Blocks of text

Many people dump all of their skills into one big paragraph, just like this one below:

Using paragraphs and dense blocks of text like this one means that crucial information is likely to get overlooked.

Using paragraphs and dense blocks of text like this one means that crucial information is likely to get overlooked.

While keeping all your skills together is recommended, there are more effective ways of doing it.  Using categories to group like skills together is particularly useful. This method makes it simple for the person reading your resume to instantly get a sense of whether you’ve got the skills they want for a given role. The example below shows the same skills from the paragraph above broken up into three categories:

Using bullet points and categories makes information easy to read at a glance.

Using bullet points or categories makes information easy to read at a glance.

If you were doing the hiring, which skill set would you rather read?

If your skills section can’t be easily divided into neat categories, another option is to use two or three columns and simply list one skill per line in each column. This method also makes your skills easier for a person to scan. If you list important details in dense paragraphs or blocks of text, things will be overlooked or forgotten.

Visual clutter

A traditional resume is a simple, straightforward document. In an effort to stand out, some people go overboard with multiple colors, numerous typefaces, excessive bolding and/or italics, unusual bullet points, and more. As a rule of thumb, stick to one or two typefaces. It’s common to use one typeface for headers and one for the body text. Whether you use one typeface or two, be sure to choose common, polished-looking ones such as Helvetica, Arial, Georgia, or Times New Roman. If you do choose two, it’s often recommended to use one serif and one sans serif.

If you are too heavy-handed with bold and italics in an attempt to make things stand out, nothing will actually stand out. Simplicity is key to legibility. Stick with the standard bullet points, too. They aren’t distracting, and we promise that no candidate has ever landed a role because of their unusual bullet point choice.

A resume with a simple, clean format isn’t automatically boring or plain. It doesn’t take much for a resume to become overdone and hard to read. The job of a resume is to quickly and effectively present you as the best candidate for a particular role. By keeping that in mind, you can avoid these resume format mistakes, and stand out for all the right reasons.

See also:

4 Minimalist Resume Templates

Using Resume Templates in Your Job Search

How to Format Resume Skills

Resume Builder Review: Resume Genius

A resume builder is a useful tool for job seekers wanting a convenient way to create polished-looking resumes. To help job seekers find the best resume builder for their situation, we’re publishing a series of reviews. Today, we’re featuring Resume Genius.

Resume Genius claims that 92 percent of users land an interview within 30 days of using the resume builder. In addition to the resume builder, Resume Genius has several career resources, such as a list of common job interview questions. Perhaps most useful is this list of more than 100 educational websites where visitors can learn new skills or brush up on existing ones.

A screenshot from the Resume Genius homepage.

A screenshot from the Resume Genius homepage.

Getting started

You can get started right away with Resume Genius—no need to sign up for an account first. To begin the process of building your resume, you’re prompted to choose from one of eight resume templates. (If you want to change your mind later, you can.) Most of the templates are laid out similarly; half use color and half don’t. If you opt for a template that uses color, keep in mind that the so-called “striking green” used on two of the templates isn’t necessarily easy on the eyes.

This resume template prominently features plenty of "striking green" text. Make sure the template you choose is easy to read.

This resume template prominently features plenty of “striking green” text. Make sure the template you choose is easy to read.

Once you’ve chosen a template, the resume builder has you manually enter your contact information, work history, education history, and skills. This might feel a bit tedious, but it’s a better alternative than having to hunt through a resume draft to make sure the tool didn’t parse any information incorrectly.

If you feel at all overwhelmed by the process of writing a resume (a common situation—it can be tough to distill what you spend most of your time doing into just a few bullet points), you’ll find the Resume Genius resume builder immensely helpful. After you enter your job title, you can either add your own job-related information, or choose from suggestions provided by Resume Genius. Below, see a screenshot of just a few suggestions for the role of operations manager.

A handful of suggested bullet points for operations managers.

A handful of suggested bullet points for operations managers.

Even if you don’t use the specific wording they offer (there are more than 50,000 entries covering almost countless roles and industries), it’s an unbeatable brainstorming tool. It’s worth browsing related job titles and taking notes for future resume writing.

Editing

The contents of each template can be adjusted to suit your individual needs. You can enable, disable, rename, or add sections as you choose. (Despite the fact that one is pictured in each sample resume template, you don’t have to use a resume objective). If you want to add a section, there are nine existing offerings, plus the option to create a custom section. One particularly great feature is that, for your work experience section, you can choose whether you want to use a traditional resume format or a functional resume format. This is perfect for people considering a career change.

Unfortunately, there is one big drawback to the editing process: You can’t control the details of the template itself. As the screenshot below shows, the resume builder abbreviated “June” in the education section, but not in the work experience section. There are a number of roles where attention to detail is so highly valued that this inconsistency would get your resume instantly rejected.

Resume Genius abbreviates "June" in the education section, but not in the work experience section.

Resume Genius abbreviates “June” in the education section, but not in the work experience section.

Pricing

For $1.95, you can create and download unlimited resumes and cover letters for 14 days. After that trial period, you’ll automatically be charged $39.95 per month for a subscription. Alternatively, you can pay in full for a year-long subscription that works out to $7.95 per month. The annual subscription also automatically renews. In both cases, the onus is on you to cancel your membership.

Pricing for Resume Genius is subscription-based and renews automatically. You must take action to cancel your membership when you are finished.

Pricing for Resume Genius is subscription-based and renews automatically. You must take action to cancel your membership when you are finished.

If you are interested in using a resume builder and want help brainstorming ideas for your resume’s contents, Resume Genius is definitely worth your time.

See also:

Resume Format: Your Education Section

Should You Use a Resume Objective?

10 Awesome Resume Templates

Resume Builder Review: LiveCareer

For job seekers who want more control over the resume creation process than a resume template typically offers, a resume builder can be a great option. There are countless resume builders online. To help job seekers find the best one for them, we’ll be posting a series of resume builder reviews. First up is LiveCareer.

Created in 2004, LiveCareer now has around 10 million registered users and offers numerous job resources. In addition to their resume builder, LiveCareer has a cover letter builder, a jobs board, quizzes and surveys, and a wealth of articles covering all aspects of the job hunt.

Getting started

There are two ways to create a resume with LiveCareer’s resume builder. You can either build a resume from scratch, or you can upload an existing document. The document must be a .doc, .docx, .htm, .odt, .pdf, .rtf, or .txt file. Once you’ve decided which route to take, you provide LiveCareer with some basic information about your career—LiveCareer uses this information to suggest specific resume formats. First, you choose your experience level: student, entry level, experienced, manager, or executive. Then you choose your industry information from dozens and dozens of options. Finally, you indicate whether any of the following apply to your work history: employment gaps; changing jobs frequently; changing career fields; consulting, contracting, or freelancing; or transitioning out of the military.

LCStart

When getting started with LiveCareer’s resume builder, you can choose to start from scratch, or to upload an existing resume.

If you choose to start from scratch, you’ll be taken straight to a page featuring recommended resume layouts. You can then enter all of your own information. If you choose to upload a document, LiveCareer will attempt to enter your information into the appropriate fields. As with applicant tracking systems, this is a process that doesn’t work perfectly. The resume builder repeated information from the sample resume we used, and also placed random words and incomplete phrases from throughout the resume into the skills section. Some information was omitted entirely, including the sample candidate’s graduation date and the duration of a volunteer position.

LCInfo

When uploading an existing resume, LiveCareer will attempt to plug your information into the right spots in its resume templates. This doesn’t work perfectly.

Editing

First, choose the resume design you like best from the ones provided on the right side of the screen. Then you can get to work editing your information. If you want to remove a section, all you have to do is hover over it and select “delete.”

It's easy to delete unwanted sections, such as this summary section, from your resume.

It’s easy to delete unwanted sections, such as this summary section, from your resume.

Rearranging sections is easy. For example, if you’re a recent graduate, you’ll probably want to move your education section to the top. To move a section, all you have to do is click on it and then move it up or down by clicking the arrows (at the center of the screenshot below). To add a section, such as one to highlight your volunteer work, you can choose from the provided list or you can create your own.

The drawback to adding sections is that, while you can enter any information you choose, the formatting flexibility of added sections is limited. It’s not always possible to format an added section to match other sections on the resume.

It's easy to rearrange sections into the order you want. To add additional sections, choose from a list or create your own.

It’s easy to rearrange sections into the order you want. To add sections, choose from a list or create your own.

Overall, the editing options for LiveCareer’s resume builder offer little finesse. There is a tab on the right side of the screen that allows you to control things such as margins, indentations, and typeface. Most of these formatting options apply to the entire document.

You can also edit individual entries within a section. The editing menu that comes up allows you to edit the information included in the entry itself—this is where we were able to fix the candidate’s skills that the resume builder misinterpreted. But there are limits to the changes you can make to a section’s appearance. You can’t change the order in which the information appears, or the details of how the template presents the information. If you do choose to edit a section individually, make sure that you apply the edits consistently throughout all sections of the resume.

A screenshot of the resume builder's section editor.

A screenshot of the resume builder’s section editor.

The resume builder autosaves on a regular basis. When exiting out of the editing menu, a prompt appears asking whether you want to save or cancel your changes. Combined, these should keep you from losing your any of work.

Pricing

Once you’re happy with your resume, you’re taken to the purchasing step. Pricing for the resume builder is subscription-based, with a couple of options. For $1.95, you can download your finished resume, plus create unlimited others. This is perfect for candidates who take the step of tailoring a resume for each individual job. There is a caveat: If you do not cancel your subscription by phone or by email within 14 days, your subscription will be auto-renewed at $9.95 per week, billed every 4 weeks.

The other option is to pay $95.40 up-front for a year-long subscription. This works out to $7.95 per month. The yearly subscription also auto-renews, meaning the onus is on you to cancel.

LiveCareer's payment options are subscription-based. The subscriptions auto-renew, so you must contact LiveCareer to cancel when you're done.

LiveCareer’s payment options are subscription-based. The subscriptions auto-renew, so you must contact LiveCareer to cancel when you’re done.

If you have a straightforward resume, you are unlikely to encounter any issues with the formatting limits of this resume builder. If you have extra sections to add, or want to drill down into the details, you might be better off with a different resume builder, a resume template, or simply creating your own.

See also:

How to Do a Resume When Changing Careers

Resume Format: Your Education Section

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Resume News from Around the Web: Week of 11/24

Resume News from Around the Web: Week of 11/24

This week’s resume news round-up includes advice for older job seekers, plus several items that job seekers of all ages should leave off their resumes.

7 things you should take off your resume right now

This USA Today College post via The Muse gives a list of seven items that shouldn’t appear on your resume. “If you want a shot at grabbing your target audience and showing them what you’re made of, every section of your resume needs to be thoughtfully constructed, and every word carefully placed.” Here are the seven things you should ditch:

  • An objective
  • Polarizing interests
  • Third-person voice
  • Current work email address
  • Non-conversational words
  • Dated or irrelevant work history
  • Lies

In addition to telling you what to cut from your resume and why, the post offers suggestions for what you can do instead. “Include interests only if you feel they support your overall professional message and brand” is one of the most valuable suggestions in the piece. Listing a zany interest or two on your resume in an attempt to stand out is a gamble. If you can’t find a connection between a particular interest and your career goals, it doesn’t belong on your resume.

7 resume tips for older job seekers

In this PayScale Career News blog post, Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh gives seven resume tips to older job seekers. They are:

  • Focus on the last 15-20 years
  • Drop your graduation date
  • Stay current
  • Customize your resume for each job
  • Maintain an updated LinkedIn profile
  • Include relevant contact information
  • Choose a current resume format

“Graduation years are usually helpful for recent grads to justify their lack of experience and to let the recruiter know that they’re just starting up.” When you can count your experience in decades, it’s time to drop the graduation year from the education section of your resume. 

When customizing your resume, it’s important to pay attention to they keywords you use. To make sure you’ve successfully targeted your resume for a particular job, try Jobscan’s resume analysis tool. You’ll get an instant score and suggestions for possible improvements. For more details, read our step-by-step guide here.

Leave the politics off your resume

In this post from New York magazine’s Science of Us blog, Jesse Singal covers a study recently published by Duke University professors Karen Gift and Thomas Gift. Their premise was that it “would be beneficial to send slightly politicized resumes when the politics of the employer matched those of the applicant, and it would have a negative impact otherwise. Instead, they found that the potential benefits of flying your political flag are more than dwarfed by the potential costs.” 

They created sample resumes that included college involvement with political organizations and professional involvement with partisan political campaigns. These were split between Democrat and Republican. They also created a third group of politically neutral sample resumes. Over six months, they sent 1,200 resumes to job postings based in one Democrat-leaning county in California and one Republican-leaning county in Texas (based on results from the 2008 presidential election).

They found that “‘employers disfavor job applicants of opposing political stripes more than they favor like-minded candidates.’ The benefits to like-minded candidates, in fact, weren’t even statistically significant as compared to politically neutral resumes.” The lesson, for anyone who isn’t pursuing a career in politics, is that you’re better off not disclosing your political views on your resume.

See also:

What Not to Include on a Professional Resume

Resume Format: Your Education Section

How to Use Jobscan: A Step-by-Step Guide