ResumeNerd falls into the DIY category, since you’ll be doing all of the resume writing yourself. That said,we were very impressed with the site’s cut-and-paste text tool. The tool works as a resume creation wizard that lets users scroll through industry-specific and job-specific text clips from a vast database of samples and insert the text they choose directly into their own resumes.
We also liked the easily accessible advice tab at the top of the page. Several of our tested sites offer “resume advice,” cover letter how-to blogs, and general guidelines for job applicants. On other sites, they’re often hiding in out-of-the-way corners of the site or treated like an afterthought. On ResumeNerd, these helpful tips are well written and easily visible under the “Advice” tab on the menu bar. They give letter format advice, resume dos & don’ts, and resume examples pertaining to a specific industry.
As you start the resume creation stage, you’ll go through a step-by-step process that allows you to select a template and choose the colors you use to create your resume. You have the option to start from scratch or to reformat an existing resume.
Next, you’ll then move forward with filling in the content. The site does a great job of doing the dirty work for you – all you need to do is fill in the blanks. It will ask if you want to include any volunteer work or internships, and then categorizes and formats the entire resume right then and there. Once you’ve completed your resume, you’ll be able to download, print, or email it straight from the interface.
It’s a user-friendly, no-frills assembly line that carries you from beginning to end in less than an hour. The result? A streamlined design and polished, professional text. This is very useful for those DIY applicants who want to do as much as possible independently, but who aren’t confident writers.
Our advice: Read the “tips” in the corner of the screen at each stage and take the tips to heart.