Nowadays online resume builders can be very similar to each other; therefore it is not easy to choose between them. So the only solution is checking out the small differences and the price tag(s) of the resume builders, which is exactly what we’ll be doing here with Resume Companion and Resumonk. These two resume builder services have almost the same features: one provides pre-written cover letters, sections that can be added to your documents as many times as you want, plenty of download options and a generous paid trial. The other, on the other hand, can be used free of charge with few limitations, features analytics of the visitors of your resumes, has a better document customization tool and is able to feature your resumes online.
|Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial|
|Existing Resume Import|
|Export Formats & Hosting|
|Lowest Price||$1.95/14 days||$1.60/mo|
|1 Month Plan||$39.95/mo||n/a|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|1 Year Plan||$7.95/mo ($95.40)||$1.60/mo ($19)|
|Money Back Guarantee||30 days|
If you are a paid subscriber of the software, you can create unlimited resumes and cover letters; in fact, the 41 available cover letters are all pre-written so you just have to insert the necessary phrases. Resume Companion utilizes 8 templates – all of which can be downloaded from the website – and 13 customizable sections, 12 of which can be rearranged and added as many times as you want. When your resume or cover letter is ready you can download it in PDF, DOC or TXT, print it, or send it via email to an employer or via the software to be reviewed. If you need support, you can use the telephone, live chat or email assistance, get access to resume and cover letter examples, writing guides and how-tos, a blog, a job search engine with job alerts, and extra services like resume critique and resume writing.
Resume Companion is virtually useless in its free version, so in order to create unlimited resumes and cover letters and print or download your documents, you have to purchase the 14-day risk-free trial for $1.95 or choose the monthly subscription for $39.95 per month or the annual one for $7.95 per month.
In Resumonk you can create resumes from scratch or from your LinkedIn data. The software offers you 17 templates, 18 fonts, a color mixer, and 10 sections that can be rearranged. Under the text boxes you find tips and you can insert links, tables and page breaks to the sections as well. Paid subscribers can attach cover letters to resumes with the exact same settings as the work-in-progress CVs, and documents can be tracked using date- and location-wise analytics. A ready document can be downloaded in PDF or in DOCX – with the exception of photo templates which are PDF-only -, printed (via a word processor/PDF-reader) or, as a public document, you can share it via social media or a URL. As a support option you have a contact form, writing tips, keywords, samples, a blog and a free eBook.
Resumonk is available in three pricing plans: the free plan only limits the number of resume templates, and fonts, the automatic cover letter setting option, the tracking and the download in DOCX format, which makes it pretty useful. The other plans – $19 per year or $59 forever – all unblock the above features and they come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Like we said in the introduction, when you pick the optimal solution, the main deciding points between these two resume builders will be their features and their prices. The fantastic paid Resume Companion allows you to create unlimited resumes from scratch with over 40 pre-written cover letters. It boasts more download, sending and sharing options, a job search engine with job alerts and an outstanding customer support. Too bad its pricing policy and virtually useless free version might repel some potential clients. Resumonk is the other end of the scale: it limits certain features only in its free version and has a clear pricing policy with a longer money back guarantee. You get countless templates, fonts, colors, which you can apply to your cover letters as well, you can add links and tables to your documents, download them, and you have the option to make resumes public.