- Unlimited resumes in all plans
- Import from hard drive/LinkedIn
- Simplistic dashboard
- Unique features (JobFocus Score, Focus Resume)
- 13 professional templates
- Free version with few limitations
- Expensive plans
- Stupid resume creating option
- No letters
Resunate is not a standalone company, but a subsidiary of U.S.-based Professional Diversity Network, a job search and career portal founded in 1999. If you become a client of Resunate, either for free or by paying a subscription fee, you get access to a rather simplistic resume editor with which you can create as many CVs as you want; either from scratch or by uploading content from other sources. You can customize your resumes by choosing from over 10 professional templates and you can download your works in PDF or directly email them to your future employer. All of these might sound boring, but Resunate has some unique features too. It is capable of evaluating your resumes with the help of JobFocus Score, it gives you content suggestions based on job descriptions, and you can rearrange your documents automatically with Focus Resume to make sure that your resume only contains information relevant to your desired job.
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The simple dashboard of Resunate contains all resumes in chronological order – or in any order you wish. Here you can download your resume(s) in PDF, duplicate one of your existing documents or even delete the unnecessary ones. The most interesting feature, however, is the status of your resumes with which you can record what happened with your resume; were you invited to an interview, were you accepted for the job,…
With Resunate you can create completely new resumes or upload existing ones from your hard drive or LinkedIn profile, and add a specific job description you have in mind or an existing one from a job search site. After this you are directed to the resume editor where you can find your most recent document with the default template (or the one you have chosen earlier), the available templates and sections, the save, download in PDF, and email options, and Resunate’s unique features, namely the JobFocus Score, the Content Suggestion, the Focus Resume and the Removed Info.
With the JobFocus Score you can see how relevant the content of your resume is compared to the job description you have provided earlier; the closer your score is to 10, the more relevant your resume becomes. Another option, Focus Resume, automatically rearranges your resume based on predetermined criteria, e.g. length, experience gaps etc., in order to get you a better score.
Although all of the above features are very promising, there are several problems. First of all, cover letters are out of question. Second, and most annoying of all, all information you have ever entered will appear in your next resume no matter what. Furthermore, they can only be deleted by going to All Information and getting rid of the unnecessary data there, or by deleting everything…
As you cannot access the site from mobile devices, you are forced to create your resumes from your computer’s browser. And, like we said before, creating a resume is tedious due to Resunate’s inability to present a blank resume.
However, if you can get over this burden, you will be satisfied with the quick and logical editor that displays your resume the way it will appear in real life. Once you have chosen your template, which you can do later too, you can add 7 different sections to a blank resume. You can do this as many times as you want, which is also true for the rearrangement and the renaming of your selected sections. In the section you can bold, underline or italicize your texts, which can be created according to the Content Suggestion tool on the right, or add bullet lists and links.
Resunate’s resume builder contains 13 different templates, all of which are available regardless of your subscription. And as an interesting extra, you can see the type of the resume template and who it is ideal for before you make your choice.
However, we have some bad news: sadly the customization of the available templates stops here. Because nothing else can be modified on your chosen template aside from the text you are filling up your resume with: the font remains the same regarding its face and color, and you cannot modify the scale of neither the margins, nor the spacing between the lines. And despite offering the option to add photos to your resumes, no matter which template we chose, none of them contained our photo even after we clicked on Save several times.
Thankfully Resunate is one of those few companies that honor their customers by telling them in advance how much they have to pay for the offered services. And to make things even better, the company has a free of charge version. The prices of the paid versions tough…
If you just simply create an account, you will become a Basic user which allows you to create unlimited resumes and download or email them as well. The only features that are limited are the interesting ones: you can evaluate your resumes twice with JobFocus Score and you can use the Focus Resume option only 3 times. To unblock these features you have to choose a paid subscription by paying your fee with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or PayPal. The monthly subscription price is ridiculously big, $49.95 per month, so you should consider choosing a longer billing cycle. The 3-month plan is $99.95 ($33.31 per month), saving you 33%, while the 6-month plan is $149.95 ($24.99 per month), saving you 50%.
Unfortunately no risk-free trial is available, but you can cancel your subscription or modify it any time; in the latter case your new subscription is activated after your current billing cycle.
Sadly there are not too many support options offered by Resunate. The only regular support is contacting the company either by email or by leaving a message via a contact form. No matter which one you choose, your response will arrive via email. And even though the company is present on all major social media pages, Resunate’s activity on its profiles is insignificant.
The additional support is a bit better though. First of all by going to the support page you can browse through several articles written on different topics with which you can learn more about the features of the software and your account. Secondly, you can actually give feedback on Resunate – albeit on a separate page. For instance the suggestion with the biggest amount of votes during our visit is the expansion of the downloading option with MS Word format.
After a thorough testing we can firmly say that Resunate is the prime example of the term ‘mixed bag’ as it has features that are very annoying but also contains ones which are simply ingenious. Resume editing is one of the less successful features in our opinion: although the editor itself is good, creating a new resume is tedious unless you are willing to delete the mix of all of your resumes each time.
Furthermore, you cannot create cover letters, change anything in the fonts, the customer support is average, and the prices of the paid plans are ridiculously high. Which is a shame, because innovative features like the JobFocus Score, the Contect Suggestion and the Focus Resume tools, the templates, the regular customization of your countless resumes, the uploading option, and the barely limited free version could have easily made Resunate an astonishing resume builder.