Whether you are looking for a new job or changing jobs, a good resume makes or breaks your application. After all, it is a snapshot of your professional life. But how do you ensure that you put your best foot forward?
The general consensus around resumes is constantly changing. From gimmick resumes printed on donut boxes to wacky interview videos, hiring managers have pretty much seen it all. Our advice is to forgo the stunts and spend time creating a compelling resume that’s clear, easy to read, and confidently showcases your skills and abilities. It doesn’t hurt to be a little creative too.
According to research, recruiters spend just seven seconds reviewing each resume before deciding whether the candidate is right for the position. While you don’t want to spend hours customizing your resume for every application, a little work can go a long way.
These are the best sites to create a resume that will leave a good impression and hopefully help you land your dream job.
Canva is a firm favorite for anyone working in a creative industry such as marketing, content creation, or advertising. Originally, Canva was mainly used to create things like social media ads, posters or presentations. However, the platform now includes an impressive array of resume templates for you to choose from or create your own. The best thing about Canva is that it is super easy to use and many of the templates are free to use. However, you can’t autofill your resume and it can be a bit clunky.
Next, we have Visual Resume, another tool that allows you to be as creative or as simplistic as you want in your resume design. One of the main advantages of VisualCV is that you can upload your current resume as a PDF or Word document to edit and customize it. VisualCV also allows you to publish your resume online and track its analytics to see how many times it has been viewed or downloaded.
Before your resume is seen by a real person, it probably goes through the Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). According to Jobscan research, 98% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS to simplify the hiring process. All templates on OnlineCV are optimized for ATS. Plus, the website is super easy to use with step-by-step guidance at each stage.
Finally we have Wix, something a little different, but it definitely deserves a spot on our list. Wix is a website builder that is super easy to use and intuitive. The site has a brilliant selection of online portfolios and resume templates that can be easily adapted to any position or industry. An online resume is a great way to stand out from the crowd and if you work in the tech sector or online media, it’s actually a necessity. We love that you can also constantly tweak and tweak your resume. In addition, you can add links to relevant projects.
Before you start crafting your perfect resume, remember these key points.
Use your hotspot
No, we’re not talking about your internet connection. Your ‘Resume Hotspot’ is where the eye immediately goes when you see a professional resume. This ‘hotspot’ is at the top center of your resume. To make the most of this space, put your most relevant information there, such as your key skills (in bullet points) and a paragraph about who you are and what you can bring up.
Don’t design too much
We know it’s tempting to let your creativity run wild when using these sites, but when it comes to resuming layout and design, you should always go for a clean layout. A 2018 study found that resumes with F-pattern and E-pattern layouts, which resemble how our eyes scan web pages, hold a recruiter’s attention longer. Plus, pick just one font and stick with it everywhere. Arial or Calibri are ideal for easy scanning.
Two is the magic number
For years we’ve been told that resumes should be one page or less, but new research could change that story. According to a study by ResumeGo, recruiters are 2.3 times more likely to prefer two-page resumes over one-page resumes, regardless of a candidate’s experience. This gives you a little more leeway and ensures that your resume doesn’t get too cramped.
Once your resume is complete, you can find your next position on the House of Talent job board. With thousands of jobs to choose from, this is the best place to find exciting and interesting positions.