Top 10 free resume builder reviews.

Free resume builders are useful tools that help you easily assemble your work history and experience into a well-organized resume. A good resume builder enables you to create a resume that fits the job you’re going for and highlight the best aspects of your professional profile. Not many sites are objective, so here are our resume builder reviews to help filter out the noise when you’re searching online.

Here are the top 10 most popular free resume builders that you can use online (some of which include premium pay features). Take a look at the pros and cons each one brings to the table and whether or not they are worth considering for updating your resume.

Top 10 Free Resume Builder Reviews

The Ladders 

https://www.theladders.com/resume-builder

Job board The Ladders offers a couple different resume-building options. If you have a resume available to upload, it will parse the resume contents and offer suggestions for how to improve your resume. Otherwise, you can opt to build a resume from scratch. If you’ve already uploaded or built a resume and would like to start over, look for the “Remove Resume” link.

The Ladders offers a resume builder.

Fill out sections that include your contact information, professional summary, employment history (including achievements), education, and any custom fields you require. You can view a preview at any step in the process and cycle between three different layouts.

Review of the Ladders resume builder. Preview.

Once you’re done, you can download your resume as a PDF as part of the free, basic membership.

The Ladders – Pros The Ladders – Cons
  • Simple user interface inside builder
  • Clean, professional templates
  • Allows you to make your resume available to recruiters using The Ladders.
  • Hard to navigate to the builder if you’ve already uploaded a resume
  • Must upgrade to premium to use resume with other site features, like Quick Apply
  • Only three templates to choose from
  • PDF download only

VisualCV 

https://www.visualcv.com/

VisualCV is among the cleanest and most user friendly options in this list. It allows for LinkedIn and existing resume file import, has free hosting for your resume as well as a personally branded hosting option for premium members, and more.

VisualCV pushes its premium option pretty strongly, and you are given two clean-yet-limited designs to choose from if you don’t upgrade to a paid account.

The editor is very good. You don’t get a lot of text editing tools, but you do get the ability to click and add text directly on your template instead of in bland text boxes, giving you the ability to see exactly what your PDF export will look like in real time.

VisualCV resume builder review.

 

VisualCV – Pros VisualCV – Cons
  • LinkedIn login
  • Existing resume import
  • Clean user design
  • Premium option to have someone build your resume for you
  • Industry-specific resume examples
  • VisualCV watermark for free accounts
  • Limited free design options

 

Resume.com

https://www.resume.com/

Resume.com is just about as easy as it gets. It’s also just about as basic as it gets, but if that’s all you’re looking for, it’s a great option.

When building my resume, I liked that I could edit my resume section by section without having to page backward. In fact, the overall user experience of this resume builder is top notch.

As it is with all of these free resume builders, you have to sift through the download options to find a free file. In this case, the plain text download is your only free option.

Resume.com resume builder reviews.

 

Resume.com – Pros Resume.com – Cons
  • Extremely user friendly
  • Quick and fuss-free
  • Multiple template options available
  • Very basic
  • Only free text download available for free

 

CV Maker 

https://cvmkr.com

CV Maker is a simple solution for building resumes. You can do quite a lot for free. You can save your resume and make it accessible by an individual link, export your resume in PDF, HTML, and TXT file formats, and more.

Like many of the resume makers on this list, the preview you see prior to exporting your resume is very limited. There are a handful of design options to choose from that are clean yet admittedly drab.

Creating a resume using this tool took just a few minutes without any sign up required. There is an option to upgrade to premium for $16 per year, but it seems unnecessary given the free available tools.

CV Maker free resume builder review.

 

CV Maker – Pros CV Maker – Cons
  • PDF, HTML, and TXT download options
  • Simple user interface
  • No signup required
  • Free hosting
  • Plenty of text editing options
  • No real design preview
  • Limited templates

 

Resumonk 

https://www.resumonk.com/

Resumonk is another excellent resume builder, though its interface is considerably more cluttered than others on this list due to its advertising of the $19 premium plan. A premium account gives you access to a number of additional features such as multiple resumes, additional file export formats, and cover letters.

What you do get for free is no slouch. You receive public hosting for your resume, a number of unique and pleasant designs, plenty of text formatting options in the editor, and more. With a free account, the only file type available for download is PDF.

Resumonk free resume builder reviews.

 

Resumonk – Pros Resumonk – Cons
  • Plenty of free features
  • Straightforward pricing for premium accounts
  • Free resume hosting
  • Useful text editing tools
  • Beautiful resume design templates
  • Quality end result
  • Cluttered experience
  • Resumonk watermark on footer of free account resumes

 

Resume-Now

https://www.resume-now.com/builder/

Resume-Now is powered by LiveCareer but is a bit different visually than its counterpart. This resume builder is easy to use and offers an unlimited number of resumes and cover letters and 21 templates. Downloads are free, but only available as a .txt file, which works well for most applicant tracking systems.

Note that Resume-Now will ask you to upgrade your account (for a small cost) but that you can bypass that option by choosing “download” and selecting the plain text option instead of “finish resume.”

Resume-Now free resume builder reviews.

 

Resume-Now – Pros Resume-Now – Cons
  • Access to 21 free templates
  • Easy to use
  • Only .txt files are downloadable for free
  • Full access to extra tools and templates unavailable without upgrade
  • Easy to be fooled into an upgrade

 

Novoresume 

https://novoresume.com/

From the start, Novoresume is easy to use and isn’t loaded with pop ups like many of the other free resume builders. This builder has tons of free resume template options (eight, to be exact) as well as CV and cover letter templates. Choose wisely, however, since you’ll only get one free use.

PDF is your only download option when working with this builder and it only allows for one free download of each template (ie: one resume, one cover letter and one CV). After that, you’ll pay at least $6.99/month to keep using the resume builder.

Novo Resume free resume builder review.

 

Novoresume – Pros Novoresume – Cons
  • Easy interface
  • Multiple template options
  • PDF download only
  • Only one free template/download
  • Not much flexibility within templates

 

ResumeBucket (42)

http://www.resumebucket.com/our-free-resume-builder/

ResumeBucket features pre-written skills and work experience inserts for a variety of employment types.

In many ways, it operates a lot like My Perfect Resume below. The pricing table that appears if you try to export your resume in any format not supported by the free version even looks the same.

However, there are some notable differences. The user interface is a bit outdated, but still very easy to use. You get a lot less hand holding with this builder compared to some of the others in the list, but the prewritten bits and pieces you can click to add are a useful touch.

The only export option for free accounts is an ATS-friendly text file (.txt), which is a bit of a head-scratcher given how basic the premium templates actually are.

Resume Bucket free resume builder review.

 

ResumeBucket – Pros ResumeBucket – Cons
  • Prewritten content to help you add information to your resume
  • Simple user experience
  • Text only export for free accounts
  • Dated user interface
  • Bland premium template design

 

LiveCareer

https://www.livecareer.com

LiveCareer and ResumeBucket have the exact same backend software, which is not a total surprise as ResumeBucket is now owned by LiveCareer. You’ll see that both feature identical user interfaces, and an identical price page. It would appear that each of these sites purchased the same pre-made resume building toolkit and applied them to their sites in order to make some extra money.

Like ResumeBucket, you are restricted to an ATS-friendly text file (.txt) with a free account, and have the option to spend a couple bucks to get 14-day access to multiple file type downloads, a cover letter builder, and more. You can opt for monthly subscriptions for about $8.

LiveCareer free resume builder review.

 

LiveCareer – Pros LiveCareer – Cons
  • Prewritten content to help you add information to your resume
  • Simple user experience
  • Text only export for free accounts
  • Dated user interface
  • Bland premium template design

 

SlashCV (28)

https://www.slashcv.com/

SlashCV boasts itself as a simple, easy-to-use resume maker, and it certainly lives up to its reputation. You don’t need to sign up or even submit your email to start building your resume or generate a clean PDF.

Signing up with your email address and a password gives you access to a number of additional features, including the abilities to select from a handful of nice-looking resume style templates and save and edit your resume. You can also link your Dropbox account and save directly to it for easy sharing.

The text editor included in the interface is as basic as it gets. You can bold text and set up either ordered (numbered) or unordered lists. You can’t set up multiple columns for things like a skill list, so long lists look awkward.

SlashCV free resume builder review

 

Novoresume – Pros Novoresume – Cons
  • Clean user interface
  • No signup required
  • Free to use
  • Elegant resume design options (when you sign in)
  • Ability to save and edit your resume
  • Save to Dropbox
  • Basic text editing features
  • Limited file export options

 

Conclusion

These ten resume builder tools each have their own set of pros and cons. Throughout the process of testing these services for this review, it was surprising to find out just how many of them had the same software on the back end, and the same pricing structure.

Getting a resume in front of a real human is the first step in the job interview process. As a result, the visual formatting is the second step. Spending too much time on your resume’s visuals is like worrying about buying new settings for a holiday dinner and forgetting about the actual meal. A resume that’s not keyword optimized will never make it to the recruiter’s hands. At Jobscan, we have reverse-engineered the top ATS such as Taleo and iCIMs and built the common algorithm into Jobscan for jobseekers to use. Find out if your resume is really ATS-compatible now.

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This article is periodically updated and republished. It was most recently updated on March 12, 2018.


Bonus: Cheap Resume Builders

Uptowork

https://uptowork.com

Uptowork has both a starter plan ($4.99) and a premium plan ($9.99). Both options give you 30-days of access. The starter plan includes only 4 resume templates with Uptowork branding; the premium plan gives you 20 unbranded templates.

Uptowork is easy to use and offers clean, nice-looking resume templates. They’ve also taken into account applicant tracking systems and offer a TXT file along with the downloadable PDF, so that your keywords are definitely in the right format. Uptowork also offers links to your social profiles, which is important to include on your resume.

UptoWork Resume Builder Review.

 

Uptowork – Pros Uptowork – Cons
  • Easy to use (and fast)
  • Beautiful templates
  • ATS compliant
  • Not free
  • Limited access

 

My Perfect Resume

https://www.myperfectresume.com/

This site has some really cool tools for creating a resume, but there was a significantly troubling drawback to using it.

First, it was packed with preset content that enables you to just click qualifications, skills, and work experience bullet points from a list in addition to typing your own. This was really well done, and easy to follow.

As I worked my way through the site, however, I received a warning from the Chrome browser that the site has been reported for having suspicious activity. Ignoring this warning and continuing, the rest of the initial resume building process went smoothly.

Once the resume was built, I elected to download it in PDF format (there were several export options to choose from). Not only did the file not download, but the status bar of the browser indicated that something was uploading from the browser.

Then, I was taken to a page where I was asked to select a paid plan in order to download the resume. Despite being “free” to try, My Perfect Resume turned out to be anything but. The pricing page looks almost identical to those on LiveCareer and ResumeBucket, except you don’t have the option to download a .txt file free.

Further review of My Perfect Resume revealed that customers are reporting scams and other seedy activity from the service such as being overcharged, auto-renewed after cancellation, and more.

My Perfect Resume online resume builder review, scams.

 

My Perfect Resume – Pros My Perfect Resume – Cons
  • Presets content that you can add to your resume with a click
  • Simple, step-by-step instruction
  • Useful tips and helpful guides for better resume writing
  • Google Chrome reports the site as deceptive and/or malicious.
  • PDF export resulted in something being uploaded and nothing downloading
  • Required to pay to actually receive the resume you created

 

ResumeGenius

https://resumegenius.com/

ResumeGenius has a great user interface, beautiful resume templates, and a comprehensive set of prewritten items for virtually any job type.

Where ResumeGenius fails for free users is that it promises free access to your resume, and doesn’t deliver. You have to sign up for a $1.95 14-day trial to download the resume you’ve created in any other format but a simple ATS-friendly text file. The other option is a monthly plan for $7.95, which allows users and unlimited number of downloads.

NOTE: Many users have complained that after the 14-day trial period, they were automatically charged a monthly $39.99 for a premium subscription. They have also cautioned that refunds are hard to come by. If you choose to use ResumeGenius, be diligent about cancelling before the trial period ends.

Accessing that text file download requires a bit of work. You have to leave the builder and go back to the website from the front page, click Login, and select a text file download option from a dropdown.

 

Resume Genius online resume builder review.

 

ResumeGenius – Pros ResumeGenius – Cons
  • Beautiful user interface
  • Beautiful templates
  • Easy to use
  • Not free
  • Have to manually end trial
  • You need to jump through hoops to download your resume
  • Only a bland text export available for free users

 

Super Resume

http://www.super-resume.com/

Super Resume advertises itself as a free resume maker, and you can create a resume without paying anything. Unfortunately, if you want to print or download that resume, you have to pay at least $2.50.

That said, the service is remarkably easy to use. You are presented with a list of themes to choose from, and you start with a pre-filled resume with sample content you can add your own content to.

Super Resume builder review.

 

Super Resume – Pros Super Resume – Cons
  • Easy to use
  • Real time preview
  • “Free” isn’t free

 

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