Multiple experts predict the death of the resume in favor of the online profile in the near future. But on the flip side, resumes will always be needed at some point during the hiring process for official company records.
As a result, new websites are popping up to help you with both sides of the equation. (Three tools—RÉSUNATE, One-Page Proposal, and Hello There—were mentioned in a previous article, 11 New Websites for Your Job Search.)
Here are eight new sites to help you bring your resume online:
1. RezScore: Grade Your Resume
RezScore is a free online tool that literally assigns a letter grade to your resume. Simply upload your resume (.docx not yet supported) to receive instant feedback based on an algorithm developed after asking hiring managers, resume writers, and recruiters to evaluate hundreds of resumes on a variety of different factors. After uploading, you have the option of paying for a full report. Examples: B Resume, A Resume, C Resume.
2. DoYouBuzz: Display Your Resume Online
Undeniably, many services are similar to DoYouBuzz, which helps you create an attractive online resume. However, some features set DoYouBuzz apart, including a strong focus on search engine optimization, the ability to import your LinkedIn profile, an impressive set of templates from which to choose and customize, privacy controls, and limited web traffic statistics. And that just describes the free version! For $39/year, your resume can live at www.yourname.com, you have access to even more templates, you receive advanced traffic statistics, and you can upload an unlimited number of resumes.
3. WP Resume: Display Your Resume on Your WordPress Site
Don’t want to take recruiters and hiring managers away from a site you’ve already built in order to view your resume? Download this free, dead-simple plugin. Among its many features, WP Resume supports multiple resumes (on the same page or each on their own page), follows best practices in resume layout and design (click here to see an example), drag and drop ordering of resume elements, complete integration with your theme, and allows output as plain text for pasting into job applications.
4. CVCertify: Validate Your Experiences & Accomplishments
CVCertify, which launches in beta in June 2011, will be a free service for job seekers that enables them to literally certify each and every part of their resume. When a job ad lists qualifications a candidate must have, CVCertify will provide the patented tool to reach out to the job seeker’s network to verify the candidate has these qualifications. The result is a ProofSheet™, which is a list of validated career-related claims, complete with contact information of the verifiers. Over time, job seekers build up a ProofVault™, a collection of ProofSheets™, which they maintain and share as they wish. Initially, this will only be available to jobs listed by employers through the CVCertify website, but founder T.J. Radtke has plans to expand the service.
5. SkillSniper: Stand Out with Your Skills
SkillSniper allows job seekers create a free skill profile. The skill profile is somewhat similar to an online resume, but allows for much faster matching capabilities. Building a profile consists of selecting your best skills from SkillSniper’s database and adding your years of experience and experience level to each skill. SkillSniper has a proprietary database that currently houses over 30,000 skills, certifications, state-issued licenses, and software titles. They also offer the ability for job seekers to suggest new skills, which results in a constantly-growing database.
6. Checkster’s Talent Checkup: Confirm Your Strengths & Weaknesses
Checkster’s Talent Checkup is an online system to request constructive, confidential feedback on your work performance from the peers and colleagues who know you and your talents best. Unlike CVCertify, Talent Checkup isn’t used only when you have a job description in front of you. Rather, it helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses at any time through your connections. With this information in hand, you can better craft your resume’s Professional Profile section. With the free version, you receive one individual report, can request feedback from up to 25 “raters,” and it allows up to four days for those individuals to respond. There is also a more robust version available for $19.95.
7. iGrad’s Resume Optimizer: Fill Your Resume with the Right Keywords
Recruiters, headhunters, and automated resume scanners use job-specific keywords to filter resumes. As great as your resume is, if it does not contain the appropriate keywords for the job in question, it may never be seen by human eyes. Enter iGrad’s Resume Optimizer. As job seekers flag listings ideal to them, this technology will analyze the jobs to determine the appropriate keywords that should be placed in their resumes. This tool is free for anyone to use.
8. Resume Everywhere: Be Found Online
Upload your resume once to Resume Everywhere, and it will appear on countless social networking and job sites. Earn a new certificate or recently moved? Don’t worry because Resume Everywhere synchronizes each resume whenever you make changes. You also have complete control over your resume: who can view it, when they can see it, and what part of it they can see. Searching for a job while already employed? Resume Everywhere will mask your details, changing your resume to convey the gist without revealing your identity. Perhaps you want different versions of your resume on different sites. Resume Everywhere does that, too! Maintain as many as you like, and keep them all in sync with each other. The tool is currently in private alpha, but you can sign up now to be part of the various testing phases.
Which of these sites have you tried? What'd you think? What else would you add to this list?
Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and employers. She is also the author of #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010) and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.