- Simple, straightforward editor
- Pre-written phrases, sections
- Full mobile browser support
- High number of upload/download formats
- Built-in spell-checker
- Versatile customer service options
- Limited download options without subscription
- No photo CVs are available
- Hidden pricing plans
Quite often when you are going through different kinds of services, you will end up finding two very similar or even completely identical products provided by the same company. And the market of cloud-based resume builders is not an exception, as the case of My Perfect Resume shows. However, this time the same company behind LiveCareer made sure to turn My Perfect Resume into a unique, individual product that, as our review will show, is worthy of any job seeker’s attention. Whether you intend to use this resume builder once or become a subscriber, you will get a service that is simple, straightforward and possesses all major features a decent resume builder needs – from various templates, cover letters, customization options to pre-written phrases, writing tips, spell-checking and even a job search engine. Furthermore, by becoming a full-fledged My Perfect Resume user, you get to enjoy full mobile browser support, superb customer assistance, extras like resume writing and reviewing, and, if you want to try things out first, a 14-day money back guarantee.
Although you can use My Perfect Resume without creating an account, it is highly recommended if you want to build multiple resumes and/or you want to check them later. In fact, by creating an account you get extra features like a full list of your resumes/cover letters, the job search tab (with area and job field filters), interview videos and access to the pay-only resume review and writing services.
Thankfully the resume building process itself is not complicated at all. After you have chosen from the templates – and selected your expertise, carrier field and why you are writing your resume – you can create your CVs from scratch or by uploading a draft in 5 different formats. If you are in the dashboard you can only delete or edit the resumes; to be able to print, download in PDF, MS Word, RTF, text and HTML format, and send your resume and the matching cover letter via email, you have to pick a resume – and subscribe to a paid plan.
During the editing process you are obliged to provide some key information to create a coherent resume: personal details, work history, education, skills and a professional summary. The builder offers you the option to add extra sections to your resume like accomplishments, certificates, links to your personal websites and a blank section for anything else. Furthermore, no matter what section you are editing, you can turn to the useful tips and sometimes even select from pre-written panels you can insert into your resume.
Once the resume is done, you can make further modifications regarding the fonts, their size, the margins, the paragraph indent etc. You can run a built-in spell-checker on the document, and then proceed to the cover letter builder, which awaits you with a mostly auto-filled document and the same customization options you had for your CV.
Not only is My Perfect Resume’s free of charge builder quite straightforward, but, much to our surprise, it works like a charm on mobile browsers as well. However, like we said before, it is not without its limits: for instance, the editor only allows you to see how the document will look once you have completed your resume, after which you can modify the order and the names of the sections.
Aside from the aforementioned spell-checker there is another interesting feature of this resume builder. During the entire editing process you can see an “evaluator” in the right corner of the screen, which is supposed to indicate how strong your resume is; truth is, however, that it only lets you know whether your resume is complete or you need to add something else to your document.
My Perfect Resume has 12 available resume templates, all of which can be used right away without an account, even from the resume templates section of the website. But no matter which template you choose, you can always change it once you are done with filling out the necessary data. The same rule applies to cover letters, since you can use the same 12 templates for your letters; in other words, you can create a cover letter similar to your CV or, to show your versatility, a completely different one. Aside from their overall appearance, you can choose from 10 fonts, different font and header sizes, and make subtle modifications like line and paragraph spacing, margins and so on.
The only thing you have to remember is that none of the templates sport a photo holder and the arrangement of the sections by default always remains the same.
Since they are both owned by the same company, My Perfect Resume’s pricing policy is a carbon copy of the one LiveCareer has. As mentioned before, creating an account and an endless amount of resumes/cover letters is free, but to be able to download, print or send them you have to pay either $1.45 or $1.95 per 14 days. The latter option is better, since you get access to all features, like the cover letter builder. Keep in mind that after the initial 14 days you either have to cancel your subscription, and get a full refund, or you will pay $24.95 every 4 weeks. Your other option is to pay $71.40 upfront (which translates to $5.95 per month), but in that case you get all features without limitations for a whole year.
If you become a paid subscriber, you will be entitled to try out additional, pay-only features too. Such a feature is a resume critique within 1–2 business days from submission for $19.95. You can also get your resume or cover letter written entirely by an expert, but the prices thereof start from $60 per occasion and can go up to $299.
If you need help with the use of the online builder or you have questions about how to write your resume, you can fully rely on My Perfect Resume, which offers its services and customer support not only in English, but in French, Spanish and Italian as well. The company is available every day by email or by calling a toll-free phone in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Furthermore, the company is very active on Facebook and Twitter, since both social media pages are updated frequently with news regarding resumes and useful tips, most of which can also be found on the site’s blog.
The company also provides an eBook that, despite taking into consideration the 2016 labor market, is still a valuable asset for every job seeker. And last but not least, let’s not forget about the Career Resources portal with job search tips, career exploration options and sources of additional self-education.
Although one would expect that My Perfect Resume is the identical twin of LiveCareer, it has many fresh tricks up its sleeve. Granted, their pricing is still questionable and without a paid account you can do very few things with your freshly created resume, but My Perfect Resume makes up for it with various worthwhile features. Creating a CV from scratch or from an existing document is relatively easy thanks to the pre-written phrases, the spell-checker, the number of formats you can get your CVs and the significant amount of templates accompanied by many customization options. What takes the cake, aside from the versatile customer support, is this resume builder’s full availability on mobile browsers.
In conclusion, My Perfect Resume is the prime example of a cloud-based resume builder that, with the help of clever ideas and relative simplicity, can outshine even its better known counterparts.