Nowadays there are plenty of online resume builders to choose from, all of which come with different or very similar features and almost all of them allow users to subscribe for free. But here comes the great question: should you have very sophisticated software which becomes virtually useless if you don’t pay a subscription fee or subscribe to a forever free resume builder and have a user-friendly, but overall average software. This is the case of LiveCareer, an online resume builder with many unique features but with a limited free use, and Speedy Resume, a simple, not so special software which allows you to use its services free forever with basically no limitations.
But which one to pick? Let the battle begin…
|Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial|
|Existing Resume Import|
|Pre-Written Phrases||Coming Soon|
|Export Formats & Hosting|
|Lowest Price||$1.95/14 days||$5.95/mo|
|1 Month Plan||$19.95/mo||$19.90/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|1 Year Plan||$7.95/mo ($95.40)||$11.90/mo ($142.80)|
|Money Back Guarantee||14 days||7 days|
|Headquarters||United States||United Kingdom|
|Languages||EN, FR, ES||EN|
LiveCareer allows you to upload and download your documents in almost any format – from PDF and DOC(X) to HTML and plain text. The software can handle unlimited resumes and cover letters, you can choose from 20 different templates, and you can set the font, the margin and the spacing of your documents. A resume can contain up to 33 sections that can be rearranged and renamed in any way you want, and you get hints and tips while you are either writing or using the pre-written phrases. LiveCareer has a built-in spell-checker and if you are a premium user, you can check your resume with the eyes of a hiring manager. Speaking of this kind of help, you can search for jobs and set job alerts, get writing tips, check out sample documents, prepare for an interview, read the blog, and, as a paid extra get an expert review of your resume or get it completely written.
LiveCareer has a free version, but as features like downloading and printing are blocked, you either have to pay $1.95 for a 14-day trial, or subscribe to the resume builder for either $19.95 per month or $95.40 per year ($7.95 per month).
Speedy Resume is a simple and user-friendly resume builder with which you can create unlimited resumes with their respective cover letters, see statistics regarding how many times your documents were viewed, and look for jobs via a search engine. Unfortunately, the software does not allow you to import existing documents, the work-in-progress documents are not reviewed or spell-checked, and you can download the ready resumes/cover letters in PDF only. However, you can share the documents on social media and via email and your resumes can be hosted on the company’s servers too. The total number of sections a resume can contain is 10+1 – the header is fixed – and you can select from 1 free and 14 premium templates, all of which can contain a photo. You have a 24/7 live chat support, a detailed knowledge base and payable eBooks about various topics.
Speedy Resume has two well-advertized pricing plans: a forever free plan with very few limitations and the Pro pricing plan which you can pay month-by-month ($19.90 per month), or annually ($11.90 per month). However, prices are reduced by 50% for the first payment term and new clients have a 7-day money back guarantee as well.
It is not easy to choose between these two, because you have to decide whether you want a simpler software for free as well, or a more professional one but only for a subscription fee. LiveCareer is more professional as you have plenty of upload/download options, more templates and customizable sections, better hints & tips, pre-written phrases, a spell-checker, an automated resume reviewer, and very versatile support options. Speedy Resume, on the other hand, is an optimal choice for those who want nothing but a simple and user-friendly resume builder with enough templates, hints & tips for the customizable sections, unlimited documents and a free version that barely limits you. Furthermore, Speedy Resume is pretty straightforward with its pricing policy.
Both services have their respective pros and cons, but no matter which one you pick, you are one step closer to the preferred job thanks to your professional looking resumes.