No matter how qualified you are, you need an excellent resume to show it off. We’ve shown you how to create one in Microsoft Word, but you could also try an online resume builder. Here are some of the best.
Best Paid Option: Zety
Zety is a website that offers complete resume making services. Apart from resumes, you can also create CVs and cover letters. The number of templates it offers is limited, but they are customizable, which means there are plenty of options from which to choose. After choosing a template, Zety then helps you build your resume step-by-step.
The resume maker is pretty powerful and offers a great degree of control without being overwhelming. You can customize almost every section of the resume in detail while using the preview section to see how the final resume will look. After you’re satisfied, you can download your resume, or create a unique URL to make it available online. If you choose to host your resume, you’ll get access to analytics about who’s viewing it.
Zety has three pricing plans. The Start plan is $5.99 per month. It includes four resume templates, as well as unlimited resumes and PDF or TXT downloads. The Premium plan per $17.99 a month and features 18 templates, a cover letter builder, and online resume hosting. They also have a three-month plan for $34.99 with no recurring payment that has all the same features as the Premium plan.
Best Free Option: Canva
Canva is known as the graphic design tool that everyone can use. But, it also features a pretty good resume maker. If you have some design experience, you can start with a blank slate, or use a pre-defined template and replace the dummy information with yours. All of Canva’s graphic design tools are available for resume making as well. That means you can add elements, shapes, custom images, or more to your resume. It’s not meant for complete beginners but surely can help you create a creative, standout resume.
Canva’s free plan is probably all you need for creating resumes. You get 1 GB of storage for photos and other assets, as well as access to thousands of templates (that includes resume templates along with dozens of other categories). There is a $12.95 per month Canva for Work plan that includes thousands of free photos, more organizational tools, and team collaboration. But if resume-building is all you’re after, you won’t need it.
Best for Inexperienced Resume Creators and Industry-Specific Resumes: Kickresume
Kickresume claims to help create resumes that get people hired. They offer plenty of resume templates on their site, which are helpfully organized by industry. For first-time resume creators, the sample resumes listed are useful since they are samples from people that actually got hired. Kickresume also features an interactive resume maker, or you can import your resume from LinkedIn instead.
The free plan lets you access three basic resume templates and one basic cover letter template, so it’s really just a way to see if you like the site. They also have a monthly ($15) and annual ($48) plan, both of which get you over 30 resume templates, 20 cover letter templates, an unlimited number of resumes and cover letters, and real resume examples.
Best for More Customized Resume Versions: Visual CV
Visual CV provides great templates to help you build your resume and then gives you tools to customize your resume for each job to which you apply. The design templates for the resumes are on-par with the other tools that we’ve mentioned, and the resume creator is also friendly and easy to use. You can import your existing resume or create a new one using the available templates. The templates are customizable to a great degree, so you don’t have to worry about your resume looking similar to anyone else’s.
If you have no experience in designing or creating an effective CV, the VisualCV team will format your first resume for you (if you upgrade to a Pro plan). Plans start at $12 per month (billed quarterly).