Web-Based Resume-Builders May Be a Good Starting Point, But They Won't Write Your Resume


Over the next 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: As Stephanie Welder points out, “Web-based resume services are a place to start if you haven’t written a resume before or haven’t updated yours recently.” Welder, who is owner/counselor at Access College and Career Consultants, LLC, in the Philadelphia area, observes that “they provide templates that let you see how resumes are created and formatted.” But these sites don’t write your resume for you. They organize it into a compelling format with some bells and whistles, but they can’t strengthen content that is weak to begin with. “Without the right content,” Little notes, [such as] strong focus on achievements and overall verbiage/presentation, using those sites may not serve you well. You have to start with a very compelling resume.” Tom Hamann, “resume guru” at Advance Yourself Career Services in Queensland, Australia, agrees: “It’s the content that counts, not whether you use a certain technology.” (See the sidebar to this article, Case Study in Using Web-based Resume Builders.) Online apps can make a resume look nice,” says resume writer Howard Earle Halpern, Toronto, “but most candidates want to work for people who value content over glitter.”