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The Resume Builder is a simple but effective tool for producing professional resumes. It offers an opportunity to begin building your resume for free, but to access the document you’ll have to pay for membership. Whilst this isn’t expensive, we do feel that TheResumeBuilder lacks some of the features you’d expect to find, and that you might find a more comprehensive service elsewhere for a similar price.
The site offers various resume designs, but nowhere near as many as we’ve seen elsewhere. This isn’t necessarily an issue if you’re not bothered about your resume looking different, but sometimes that small difference is what separates one application from another.
These limitations extend to the number of set phrases, sample resumes and templates available. If you can see past this, though, the step-by-step system for resume building is quick and effective. In fact, the site suggests that you can build a resume in under ten minutes, although we think you’ll be hard pressed to build a decent one in that time.
Free membership will allow you to use the various writing and editing tools, giving you a feeling for how the tools work. However, if you wish to download your resume (either as PDF or MS Word document) you’ll have to pay for your membership. Thankfully they do offer a 5 day trial, and whilst this is more expensive than it used to be, it still provides a cheap option for accessing your resume within a short time span.
Be sure to cancel the 5 day trial if you don’t want to receive a further bill for a full month’s membership. Both the month-by-month membership and the annual contract offer fair prices, a little below industry standard, but again we do feel that you’re missing out on some features that many users would benefit from.
What might you be missing? Well aside from the limitations we’ve mentioned, we also felt that TheResumeBuilder.com offered fewer job hunting tools. You can keep a track of where your resume has been sent, but other sites allow you to post your resume to sites, receive automatic notifications and more.
There is a decent amount of information regarding resume writing, job hunting and interviewing. This comes primarily in the form of articles which have been written by the team of staff. These are useful, and you can read them without being a paying member.
If you’re not sure whether to try this site or not, we recommend giving its free membership a go. Although you cannot access the finished resume, you will get a sense of whether you enjoy the system and feel that it will offer what you need. From there, you can upgrade. This site isn’t for you if you want a lot of additional features, but if you just want to produce a professional resume quickly, and you pretty much know what you’re doing, it could be a viable and affordable option.
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