Can a free resume builder like Total Resume produce the goods?
Continuing in our line of objective reviews of no cost resume builders, we took a look at ResumeTemplates.com (formerly Total Resume), where you can follow their step-by-step system to build both a resume and a cover letter.
For a free resume building service, their system is quite robust, with a powerful "try before you buy" feature. Basically, you can develop your entire resume before you decide if the service is worth paying for.
If you don't like it, that's it. You owe nothing, but your resume will be deleted from their database within a couple of weeks. If you do like it, you pay their reasonable fee and get all sorts of additional features.
I found ResumeTemplates.com to be very easy to use. I found it a little frustrating that you can't really find much information about their service on the website... you just have to start building to see what it's all about. Basically, every screen you're on is working to get you going on actually starting to build the resume.
But, they do offer all sorts of help as you go along, from action words to suggested phrasing for each section of your resume. So, if you want to see what they can do for you, then I urge you just to try it out. What do you have to lose, other than a little bit of time?
Once you get your resume built, they will even post your resume publicly on the web or in a separate database for employers. I also liked that you could preview your resume as you were building it. Not bad, for a free resume builder...
So, what am I really recommending in this ResumeTemplates.com review, I hear you asking?
Well... If you need help putting together your resume but can't afford to spend anything, you could build the resume using their no frills, but very robust, helpful free resume builder system.
Then, you can just print it or cut and paste the preview into Word or a text file to use as you will. However, I recommend you pay for the service. It's only $19, at this writing, for a full year membership in their site.
Not only will you be able to build (and edit) unlimited resumes, they throw in a cover letter AND submit them to employers for you.
For an almost free resume builder service, it's hard to find a better product than ResumeTemplates.com.
However, there is another option, which you might want to check out... Pongo Resume's online resume builder, which costs a bit more (just under $10/month), but offers more for your money too. Hope you enjoyed this ResumeTemplates.com review!