Although online resume builders have plenty of methods that can help to make your CV stand out from the rest – such as modifiable sections, pre-written phrases, built-in spell-checker and the like – if you don’t get your ‘masterpiece’ checked by a fresh pair of eyes, you might release it with serious mistakes that could cost you a successful job application.
However, as helpful as your family members and friends can be, they cannot point out little details and mistakes professionals can spot within seconds.
Thankfully, there are plenty of resume critique services out there, many of which can be accessed for free.
Reddit: The Power of Community
Reddit is the holy grail of community discussions, so it is not surprising that even resumes have their own subreddits. All you have to do is write your resume (following the guidelines of the site), remove any personal information, and then submit your work as a separate post and add flair. Even though most of the feedback will be unprofessional, Reddit provides the potential for real resume writers or critiques to post their thoughts as well, so you can be sure that some of the feedback might originate from a professional.
TopResume mostly engages in professional resume writing activities, providing you with three different packages with which you can receive an expertly written CV to beat the ATS’s (Applicant Tracking System) and double your chances of getting an interview. However, these services cost at least $149 per occasion, which for most of us regular users is just too much. Thankfully TopResume has a free of charge resume critique service, the so-called six-second test: you just have to upload your resume, provide an email address and you will get professional feedback on your CV within 48 hours.
Resume-Check by LiveCareer
In our review of LiveCareer we briefly mentioned the online builder feature as suggested by its name: an AI that scans your CV and checks whether the writing, the grammar, verbs, fonts, organization, sections, document length and spelling are all to a good standard. Once the software has checked your resume – whether you created it with LiveCareer or uploaded it separately – it highlights the errors for you and gives tips on how to make it absolutely fail-proof.
If you already have a Beyond.com account then you are just one step away from getting a free of charge resume critique from the experts behind this professional job board. All you have to do is upload your document in PDF, DOC, or RTF formats (in other words, the profile you use on Beyond.com is not used) and you can expect a thorough critique of your CV alongside a score within two–three business days.
Just like TopResume, this company also provides professional writing services and a way to get your CV evaluated for free. Once you submit your piece, you can expect a two–three paragraph-long critique within 24 hours, detailing the language, layout and structure of your resume, alongside an assessment of how your CV communicates your skills and expertise, whether it beats the ATS and what can be improved.
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