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Top 5 Resume Tools for 2019

January 1, 2019 | Michael Howard


Tag: Resume Tools4

Each new year gives the career-minded individual an opportunity to take stock of their current employment and reflect on opportunities to enhance their position, salary or both. With unemployment rates at all-time lows and employers taking previously unprecedented steps to entice qualified candidates, it would seem getting a better job is at its easiest point in a very long time.

But, that’s not necessarily the case. Candidates are getting more and more sophisticated, due in large part to the vast and deep pool of resources the internet has to offer. The candidate that ends up on top is the one who can navigate, filter and select the best of these resources and leverage them.

Based on my research in launching TargetMyResume.com it was necessary to study, evaluate and understand the marketplace I was about to enter. In doing so, I have gathered what I believe are the top five resume tools to give the 2019 candidate an edge.

5. Resume Templates

I have found Hloom to be a one-stop shop for resume templates. Besides offering a wide-array of free resume templates organized by a multitude of categories for download, they have wrapped their templates within a free “How to Create a Resume” mini-course, complete with a separate Resume Format Guide that discuss when to use which format and why.

4. Sample Resumes by Job Title

Where resume templates focus on the layout, format and style of a resume, sample resumes offer insight into the content of a resume, based on job title. This gives a candidate an idea of the type of information to provide, relevant to the job they are applying to. Besides being one of the top job search sites, Monster has the leading list of sample resumes by job title I have come across. They list over 200 sample resumes across 24 broad industries and many of them are broken down by entry-level, mid-level and experienced.

3. Job Skills by Job Title

Sometimes a candidate has a skill, but they don’t know it. Or, more aptly, don’t know its importance and will fail to list it. The US Government database of job descriptions is housed within the website O*Net OnLine. Here, the user can search typical tasks, abilities, skills, tools and technology common in job descriptions nationwide. Using this as reference, a candidate can be sure s/he has included the job skills common to the job applied.

2. Resume Advice

A disclaimer here. There are many, many blogs out there that dispense career advice. I did my share of researching these blogs and will be writing a separate article on career advice blogs. Most career blogs will contain resume advice. However, I have found EpicCV to be the most resume-specific, active and detailed blog on the sole subject of resumes. With Do’s and Don’ts, Hacks and resume guidelines, it’s the one I refer to when I have specific resume questions.

1. Targeted Resume

Ultimately, a candidate’s resume must be specific to the job s/he is applying to. The old way to do this is tediously comb through and compare the job advertisement to one's resume then line-by-line merge the two into the most impactful and accurate representation of experience and qualifications specific to that job. Luckily, technology has advanced to the point this exercise can be automated. Our website TargetMyResume.com is the only online resume tool that extracts and merges resume keywords relevant to both the resume and job description with the click of a button.

Infographic

I have created an Infographic that summarizes these resources. It can be downloaded for free at Top 5 Resume Tools For 2019.