Thursday, April 26, 2012

Take your resume to the future and beyond with these awesome online tools

Resume the resume! Oh, sorry, I didn't see you consuming the consume. 

Wipe your soupy mouth with your old paper-based resume, and have a look at these handy tools to bring your resume into the 21st Century, Fox or Buzz or Buck or whoever you are:

Mobile resume builders: 

A mere 99 cents at the App Store, and you're ready to start building your resume mobile-style, wherever you happen to be. Your resume is Word- and PDF-compatible, and you can email it to a job prospect or print it on a Wi-Fi-enabled printer.

2. ResumeBear

This resume-builder's niche in the marketplace is its ability to track your resume in real time, so you know when it's being read, printed, or downloaded and by whom, all from the comfort of anywhere. Available at the App Store for the low-low price of free.

Facebook/LinkedIn apps: 

Sign in with Facebook and LinkedIn, and watch them become a pretty awesome visual representation of your life and times. You could be just like Bob Smith:

2. BranchOut

BranchOut is like having LinkedIn on Facebook. Browse jobs, build a profile, meet, repeat. 

3. LinkedIn Resume Builder

The sales pitch: "Pick a resume template, customize the content, and print and share the result to your heart's content." Nice-looking documents that I imagine will one day be the default resume setting for anyone with a LinkedIn profile.

4. Facebook Timeline

Now the default profile page for everyone on Facebook, this isn't a bad way to show off who you are and what you do, as long as it's not posting naked photos of you at the bar, which I'm told some potential employers may frown upon.


1. Zerply

Its motto: "Killing the resume." Catchy. With Zerply, the resume goes social network - follow and be followed in an open network of clients, employers, and job seekers. 

2. DoYouBuzz

Another cool visual solution to the same-old resume, DoYouBuzz lets you choose a template and colors and make it interactive by embedding images, video, presentations, and documents.

3. VisualCV

A simple online interface, custom URL, and impressive gallery of examples makes this one of the most user friendly of the bunch.

4. ResumeBaking

Another great online resume builder, which comes along with job postings, stats, cover-letter templates, and share functionality.


Or, you could always forgo the resume and just pitch for funding at Kickstarter

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