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Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by MinnBobber, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. MinnBobber

    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    Any suggestions on a good free resume builder site?

    I went to resumebuilder.org , touted as free, and didn't want to go thru all the signing up BS to find out later that there is a fee.

    I have always done resumes from scratch BUT that was a long process. Was hoping that an e-resume builder might help do it quicker and faster.....

    Have members here used one they like?
    Thank you all
     
  2. Ratchett

    Ratchett Vape Accessories Delta3DStudios.com Accessory Maker

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    A resume is a resume. You don't need a "resume builder" unless they are helping you write the content in the resume, I wouldn't even bother with websites like that.

    What I do is find a free word document template of a resume and modify it to meet my needs.

    The important thing to remember about a resume is that it's only supposed to be a personal advertisement to entice the company to bring you in for an interview. A resume is not supposed to be a novel of your life history, it's supposed to highlight the key aspects of who you are and why they might want to hire you.

    That's why they recommend usually making multiple resumes to match the different industries you're applying for (IE - for food industry you'd list your restaurant work experience and food related hobbies, while apply for an IT job you'd use a resume which lists your certifications and IT experience).

    I was responsible for posting and receiving resumes/cover letters for my previous job. If the resume didn't meet my criteria, It wasn't passed along to my superiors. I've seen hundreds of IT professionals resumes and let me be honest - most of them look like they were written for a high-school assignment. Paragraphs of text about their past job duties, no mention of certifications, no hobbies or volunteer work listed, no objective summary. But hell if they don't list the past 30 jobs they've worked at no matter if it only lasted two months! Haha

    Lastly, keep your resume to one page, I don't like to flip to page two. If it doesn't fit on the first page, it's not important.
     
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  3. MinnBobber

    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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    Yes, all I wanted was a resume template.
    found Resume-Now, listed as a free resume site.
    So I got the dreaded: spend 2 hours creating and then, to be able to print or email, you have to subscribe/pay :(

    anyone know of a resume template that is truly free?
    Thanks
     
  4. hd_rider

    hd_rider Well-Known Member

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    What program are you using to type your resume in?

    If you have Microsoft Word (any version since 2007), there are several different resume templates built-in that you can select from, and dozens more are available free on-line from Microsoft.
     
  5. MinnBobber

    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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    We have a somewhat recent Dell laptop (Windows 7) which I assume comes with Microsoft Word.
    Searching all niches in there, is Open Office 4.0.1 really word Word?? It might have had Apache in the title too.

    In there I search every list and search for resume or resume template and nothing.
    Does Open Office 4.0.1 have resume templates?
    How can one bring them up?

    I just need the format as I'm terrible at getting things organized on the page. I always get something placed with great difficulty on a page and then it moves/shifts.
    thanks
     
  6. Ratchett

    Ratchett Vape Accessories Delta3DStudios.com Accessory Maker

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  7. crawdad

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    as someone who has reviewed resumes more often than writing one id like to suggest you keep it to one page only and dont feel compelled to fill every blank space of the page with text, if its not a huge selling point for you either dont mention it or certainly dont go into great detail about it. cover letter can go into further detail if its needed.

    3-4 headings, bullets within each, various methods of contact = i'll read the whole thing. sounds asshole'ish i know, but when you are flipping through a hundred of them you tend to get picky. it is what it is.

    best of luck to you!
     
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  8. maddomakkusu

    maddomakkusu New Member

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    I came across free resume builder a few days ago on freeresumebuilder.io. Free and no registration. Good experience.
     
  9. OldNewbie

    OldNewbie Well-Known Member

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    Some prefer LibreOffice. When Open and Libre split, Libre supporters claim more of the engineers on the project when with Libre. I don't know if that's the case, but, it certainly seems to update more than OpenOffice did. Their templates can be found at:
    https://extensions.libreoffice.org/@@search?SearchableText=resume

    Edit:
    On a quick search, some claim OpenOffice is less secure than LibreOffice. I don't know it that's the case. It's just what some say.
    http://www.zdnet.com/article/openoffice-is-dead-long-live-libreoffice/
     
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  10. ginolicious

    ginolicious Well-Known Member

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    There is no resume format. Every resume needs to be geared for the job you apply for.

    You would not use a McDonald's style resume to apply for a lawyer or vice versa. Need to gear your content and layout to the reader and job you are applying for.

    I know that's not what you wanted to hear.
     
  11. grampa_herb

    grampa_herb CO2 Oil bigot

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    Good advice. I'm also involved in hiring. You want to stand out somewhat, but not bore the reader. And use....the.....fucking......spell.....checker! ;)
     

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