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LinkedIn May Be the Best Web-Based Resume Builder


Over several days, we’re serializing an article providing an overview of Web-based resume builders, as well as thoughts on the value of Web-based resume builders compared to engaging a professional resume writer or preparing your own resume unaided: Several experts suggested that if you intend to build a resume online, the best place to do it is LinkedIn. The well-established and favorably reviewed VisualCV, for example, will never provide as big an audience of employers as LinkedIn will, notes resume writer Darrell Z. DiZoglio of RighteousResumes, Providence, RI. “Visibility is key for job-hunters and LinkedIn wins hands-down with over 80 million members and international visibility, too,” DiZioglio says. “Take my advice; make Linkedin your first priority for an online resume/CV/profile.” In fact, perhaps recognizing that many users deploy LinkedIn as a resume builder, the professional network has initiated LinkedIn Resume Builder. “Turn your LinkedIn Profile into a beautiful resume in seconds,” the Resume Builder portion of LinkedIn states. “No more messing around with multiple Word and PDF documents scattered all over the computer. Pick a resume template, customize the content, and print and share the result to your heart’s content.” I tried the application, and it certainly is fast. My LinkedIn profile is not very resume-like to begin with, so the resume created from it is flawed. The LinkedIn Resume Builder enables users to reorganize resume sections, instantly switch to a different resume design, edit their LinkedIn profiles so they work better as resumes, control privacy, share their resumes on various social-media venues, and print out resumes.