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Review of Resume Builders...

For those who want to craft their own, a resume builder can save time and aggravation – especially when it comes to template design, formatting, multiple versions, and features like submission tracking. Former recruiter David Alan Carter reviews the most popular resume builders.

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Pongo Resume

Everything you want in a resume builder--including a FREE trial. The program is feature-packed, intuitive, and a breeze to master. Includes cover letters, emailing, faxing and your own webpage. A subscription-based business model keep it extremely affordable...
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for a monthly subscription, cancel at anytime.

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Easy Job

One of the better resume builders - downloaded over 500,000 times. Part of the popularity is a catalog of 25,000 resume templates. Special features include thumbnail displays of all your resumes, and submission tracking capabilities....
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limited time 40% discount over regular price.

Amazing Resume Creator

A good product that suffers from an exasperating web site feature. Be forewarned: an animated character begins talking once the site loads. But there's no fluff where it counts. The program, and the free ebooks, are packed with spot-on advice...
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limited time special, plus 3 valuable bonuses with order.

Winway Resume Deluxe 12 Mini

Winway resume software has long been a favorite of Amazon.com shoppers, and this most recent Deluxe 12 version should be no exception. Fully-featured with 250 appearance themes, access to 100,000 job-winning phrases, and an automatic cover letter generator promises...
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with FREE shipping via Super Saver Shipping.

Clever Resume

A good step-by-step resume builder with fully customizable templates and a list of pre written phrases and power words. Easy-to-use for sure, but don't expect the vast array of features found on more premium sites...
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discounted price, includes Clever Cover Letter.

The Resume Builder


A clean and simple service that is user friendly and delivers relatively professional results, but lacks many key features and suffers at times from...
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for 1 year unlimited access, including hosting of your resume on the Web.

About Our Ratings...

In developing this site, we evaluated dozens of online resume builders -- also known as a resume maker, resume developer, resume creator, or just plain resume software.

We found some gems, and learned a few lessons along the way. For example, if the resume builder (i.e. resume maker, resume developer, resume software) is...

  • free, it's usually worth exactly that.
  • pricey, you'll spend a lot of time wondering why you didn't just throw the project to a Professional Resume Writer and be done with it.
  • a supplemental part of a larger service, guess what you're gonna be bombarded with day and night? That's right--email marketing pitches designed to upsell the premium services.

That said, here's what we looked for in a resume builder.

We looked for a stand-alone product.

We wanted the company behind the product to be fully dedicated to just one thing--the program they were selling and the customers who were buying.

We looked for access to real live human beings.

You know, just in case one needed a bit of technical support. Or needed to insure that the company makes good on a guarantee. Speaking of guarantees...

We looked for guarantees.

Of course, I'm not saying we found a bunch. In fact, sadly, we only found two -- Amazing Resume Creator for those looking for an instant download of the product so they can begin work immediately, andWinway Resume Deluxe 12 Minifor those who don't mind waiting a few days for a shipment from Amazon. Read our in-depth Review of Amazing Resume Creator, and Review of WinWay Resume.

Then again, we found there is something even better than a money-back guarantee. That would be a service that lets you build your resume completely before ever being asked to plunk down even one dollar. That service turned out to be Pongo Resume, and that's one reason it garnered our Top Pick of resume builders.

Read our Review of Pongo Resume and discover more.

We looked for value.

Fifty bucks is about as high as we would want to go. Much more than that, and a full-service professional resume writer begins to look like the better deal. 

We looked for relevant bells and whistles.

The key word is relevant. Help with phrasing is relevant. Spell check is relevant. A list of action verbs is relevant. The ability to work up a companion cover letter is relevant. After Pongo Resume, which we mentioned earlier, a good choice in the 'relevant bells and whistles' category is EasyJob.netThis company's program displays thumbnails of all the resumes you've created, organized by modification date. And it keeps track of companies you've submitted to, and which resume version each company received. Read our Review of EasyJob.net.

We looked for proper resume formatting.

MS Word is the standard. But we gave extra points to the online resume builder (i.e. resume maker, resume developer, resume software) that also offered or facilitated formatting in PDF, ASCII text, HTML, and RTF.

We looked for ease of use.

Everything's a hassle. Ever notice that? And just when you really, really need things to go right--like when you're out of work or can't take another day under the oppressive thumb of Genghis Khan, the night shift supervisor at Pubescent Poultry Products--well, forget it. Hence, we put a good deal of stock in the online resume builder (i.e. resume maker, resume developer, resume software) whose website navigated smoothly. Where information was readily available. Where pricing was up front and clear. In short, we valued the online resume builder who was easy to work with.

You can do this.

Listen, If you're a halfway decent writer, you can do this. You have it within yourself to craft a resume that is competitive with those employing professional writing services. That said, you will need to know how to organize career information and produce an effective template. You will need to know how to phrase your job responsibilities and career accomplishments in a manner that opens doors. The beauty of a quality resume builder is that the software can help immensely with the organization, the templates, and the phrasing.

Look over our reviews. Consider our ratings and how we got to those ratings. And finally, choose a resume builder that feels comfortable, and get on with the task at hand--crafting a resume that will land the job that will set the stage for career happiness.

We wish you the best.

-- David Alan Carter

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