Riddle us this: what were born in 2004, have countless, almost identical features, offer free versions that block those features you need the most and maintain good customer support? Today’s competitors, Pongo and LiveCareer, of course! Yes, we are not exaggerating: these two online resume builders could be Siamese twins: regardless of which one you choose, you will have plenty of download options, hints & tips, pre-written phrases and further settings for your unlimited documents, whether they are resume or cover letters.
No wonder you might be asking yourself: if these two are so identical they are virtually indistinguishable, then why are we letting them compete with each other? The answer lies within the nuances; so let’s find out what these two are individually capable of.
|Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial|
|Existing Resume Import|
|Export Formats & Hosting|
|Lowest Price||Free||$1.95/14 days|
|1 Month Plan||$14.95/mo||$19.95/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|1 Year Plan||$4.99/mo ($59.95)||$7.95/mo ($95.40)|
|Money Back Guarantee||30 days||14 days|
|Headquarters||United States||United States|
|Languages||EN||EN, FR, ES|
Pongo has been on the resume builder market since 2004, and for a good reason. The software, which allows your documents to be printed/emailed/faxed/hosted/downloaded in PDF, MS Word and plain text has the ability to create projects from your resumes and cover letters by adding activities thereto. A resume can be built from scratch using 12 templates, 33 customizable sections, 7 font faces, 4 font sizes and different margins, while all 15 cover letters are pre-written. Therefore you just have to insert the necessary data to complete your letter. Pongo uses ResumeHelp to aid you during the writing process by showing you useful tips, sample phrases and checking your work with a built-in spell-checker.
Pongo has telephone and email assistance, a job search engine powered by Indeed.com, and the Career Corner with a blog, a step-by-step interview guide, and writing tips. The software is available for free, but for features like creating unlimited documents and getting them, and extra features like free resume reviews and exclusive job seeker newsletters, you have to pay a monthly or an annual subscription fee of $14.95 per month and $4.99 per month respectively, which can be fully refunded within 30 days from subscription.
LiveCareer lets you download your documents in formats like PDF, MS Word document, web page, plain text and even RTF, but you can upload existing documents as well. The unlimited resumes and cover letters can be formatted by choosing from 20 templates, setting the fonts, margins and the spacing, and adding, rearranging and renaming over 30 sections. While you are working on your documents you are aided by the built-in spell-checker, the hints & tips option, the pre-written phrases, and – if you are a premium user – the Resume Check which allows you to see your resume from a professional writer’s point of view. You also have the option to search for jobs, set job alerts based on determined search criteria, read writing tips, check sample documents, get prepared for the interview, and visit the blog.
LiveCareer can be used for free, but with grave limitations. To unblock features like printing, downloading, sending and sharing, you have to pay: $1.95 for the 14-day trial which turns into a full subscription if it isn’t cancelled; $19.95 on a monthly basis; or $95.40 ($7.95 per month) annually. And you can pay for other extra services like professional resume reviewing and resume writing.
We have to admit, it is quite impossible to choose between these two resume builders as they are both developed at the same level, they have very similar features and their respective potential can only be fully unblocked if you become a paid subscriber. So the choice is up to you, but before you go, let’s do a quick recap, shall we?
Pongo is a good choice if you like to think in projects instead of individual documents. This software offers you pre-written cover letters, has a professional job search engine, and lets you pick between a limited free version and two paid pricing plans with a 30-day money back guarantee. While LiveCareer is also an optimal choice as it has 20 templates, sections with which you can do anything, an automated resume checker, the option to set job alerts based on your job search, and a 14-day trial for a symbolic price.