You want to create professional looking resumes but without paying a dime? Most of the time this is a mission impossible: online resume builders either have free versions which are virtually useless, or you have to subscribe for a shorter period of time and cancel your subscription immediately to get a full refund. But thankfully there are still some companies that let their clients use their resume builders for free forever with limitations that won’t hinder everyday use. The question is what would you rather sacrifice: formatting for an unlimited amount of documents or vice versa? This is the case with the competitors of this article: Speedy Resume, a complete solution suitable for every user, and VisualCV, a hidden gem and possible innovator of the market.
|Free Trial||Free Trial||Free Trial|
|Existing Resume Import|
|Pre-Written Phrases||Coming Soon|
|Export Formats & Hosting|
|Word||Via Google Docs|
|Text||Via Google Docs|
|1 Month Plan||$19.90/mo||$18/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||$12/mo ($36)|
|6 Months Plan||n/a||$6/mo ($36, PayPal only)|
|1 Year Plan||$11.90/mo ($142.80)||n/a|
|Money Back Guarantee||7 days||30 days|
|Languages||EN||EN, FR, ES, DE, RU, CH|
This UK-based online resume builder is a perfect choice if you don’t mind sacrificing the variety of templates, fonts and font colors in exchange for free unlimited resumes and cover letters. However, paid subscribers of Speedy Resume have 15 photo templates with customizable fonts and colors for resumes and cover letters – which can automatically be attached to CVs. A resume contains 11 sections, 10 of which can be rearranged any time, and you get useful hints during writing. Ready documents can be printed, downloaded in PDF or shared via email, social media or with a share link directing visitors to a host page. Speaking of visitors, you also have statistics regarding how many times your resumes were seen. As support you get telephone and 24/7 live chat assistance, a knowledge base full of FAQs and tips, a blog, a job search engine and extra payable eBooks.
Like we said before, Speedy Resume limits a few features only in its free version, which can be unblocked by paying the monthly fee of $19.90 per month or by subscribing to the annual plan for $11.90 per month. Furthermore, new users have a 7-day money back guarantee and save 50% on the subscription fee for the first payment term.
As a free subscriber of VisualCV, you will be limited in only a few things, but as a paid subscriber the sky is the limit. This software is available in 6 languages, can be accessed from mobile browsers and you can see who has viewed and/or downloaded your resumes. You can create resumes from scratch or from an external source, after which you can choose from 14 templates, 10 sections that you can rename or rearrange any way you want and even set font sizes and margins. Furthermore, the Portfolio section can contain files and YouTube videos, which is especially handy when you want to host one of your resumes online. Other resumes can be downloaded in PDF or Google Docs, or you can share said documents via email or social media.
If you need any help, you can receive assistance via email, a contact form, a blog, a job search engine list, samples, resume guide, and a free eBook. The software is available for free – although it is limited – on a monthly plan of $18 paid month after month, on a 3-month plan of $12 per month and on a 6-month plan of $6 per month only available if paid using PayPal.
Before we close this comparison let us tell you that no matter which solution you pick from these two you will not be disappointed at all. The reason is very simple: they are equally good as free and paid resume builders. Speedy Resume, which barely limits free users, can create cover letters and attach them to their respective resumes, has more templates, sections that can be freely rearranged, a printing option, a superb customer support and a money back guarantee. VisualCV, despite limiting the number of documents and excluding a cover letter creator, is the more innovative software with a pitch perfect mobile version, the option to include files and videos in your resume, spectacular statistics and extensive customer support. It also allows you to upload existing documents, change many aspects – including the language – and you can download your resumes to Google Docs or even host them online.