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How to Pick Your Resume Builder Software

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

One new category of software application that has been gaining visibility recently is the online resume builder.  If you search for “resume builder” you will discover a plethora of free and pay-for tools as well as expert resume writers soliciting their services.

So how do you pick which Resume Creator is best for you?  To help you out, I’ve taken the liberty to try four of the most popular resume builders.  Basically, I created a resume on each of the following sites and evaluated the program’s performance:

Visual CV

VisualCV differentiates itself by allowing users to add videos, images, and links to your standard resume.  The software also utilizes a very simple job search functionality as well as privacy settings over who has access to your profile.    This is a great program for users that are looking to showcase portfolios within their resume.  Think artists, web designers, film makers and more.


ResuWe is a free site that lets a user optimize their resume by uploading a current version of the document.  It points out the key components of a resume and automatically breaks up the information with very little data entry required. Although ResuWe is easy to use, some of the site seems a bit slapped together.  ResuWe also allows a user to search jobs through  The service provides some basic SNS and promotional tools as well.

Job Spice

For the time being, Job Spice is free.  This program runs much like an application created during a school project, rather than software that could be valued by a business or paying consumer.  The service concentrates on making your resume visually appealing through the use of a number of preset templates.  One problem I had when demoing JobSpice was successfully exporting my resumes to .pdf format.


Pongo has several options for subscription: a free trial account, a monthly fee or an annual fee.  For the fee you can download a resume you’ve created and also utilize tools like advanced job matching and task management.  The free option is fairly elementary, taking you through a step by step list to build your on site resume.  Overall, Pongo’s UI is not very efficient at all.

Overall, I give my best grade to ResuWe because it understands its target customers. ResuWe was created by experts that realize that in a resume, simplicity is the biggest factor. Their service doesn’t let you use thousands of fonts, insert videos, or export in anything but MS Word format, but it gets the job done.  In fact, MS Word docs are the standard for recruiting software programs that hiring departments utilize to upload and parse.