Resume builders are software specifically designed to help anyone create a well-formatted resume by asking you basic personal questions and converting your answers into a professional resume. Builders come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are free and some of them require a fee. Some builders are quick and easy while others may require a bit more skill. There are enough options out there that you are certain to find the resume builder that is right for you.
A sobering reality check dictates that information invariably proliferates at 'warp' speed in cyberspace once the 'send' key is depressed on a PC. The more extensive the utilization and distribution of your resume on the world-wide-web, the greater the risk that your 'intellectual property' or, 'one-of-a-kind' resume will potentially land in the hands of unscrupulous and cunning opportunists located anywhere on the globe.
This almost precludes sending out mass resumes or dropping off 50 resumes at a job fair. Having multiple or adaptable resumes mean researching and targeting. In essence you should have two core resumes. The first resume is the one that you would send ahead. The second resume would be the one you leave behind after the interview. Because while I do think that Richard Bolles is dead on, sometimes you have to send a resume ahead of you.
Myth #1: Keep it to one page. If you've been around the block a few times, written (or rewritten) your resume a time or two, and applied for several jobs, this is a no-brainer. Nonetheless, I'm constantly surprised at the number of competent professionals who think that they have to squeeze their entire career history onto a single 8½ x 11" sheet of paper. Often, this leads to shrinking margins, tiny fonts, and even (heaven forbid) compressed character spacing. Don't do that to yourself. Obviously, you don't want to get carried away here (see myth #4). You're not writing a biography. Nonetheless, it's perfectly appropriate for a seasoned professional to take up to three pages.
Some might wonder why using a builder is more beneficial than simply using a template and making the changes in Microsoft Word. Quite simply, resume builders offer advanced tools many job seekers don't have. Builders enable users to convert resumes into multiple formats like pdfs and text. If you've ever tried to copy and paste your resume from Word onto the Internet, you know it's not pretty. Builders also provide tools to build a resume that is web-ready.
Additionally, if companies are reluctant on a legal basis to view the video resumes sent to them for specific job openings, such companies do not go to online video hosting sites to view resumes in the hopes of somehow finding the perfect person for their job. They are even less likely to search online when it means sifting for job candidates amongst films of people's pets and music videos.
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