Job-seekers will do anything to stand out. So it’s no surprise that they’ve turned to online résumé sites.
The services allow users to post their job history, as well as a digital portfolio of their work—more than a traditional résumé would allow. Then, rather than attaching a file, a job seeker need only send prospective employers a link to his or her web site.
Here’s a lineup of four of the services:
1. DoodleKit.com: Offers more than a dozen options for fonts, layouts and colors. You can even upload images for a slideshow.
Downside: The free version pesters you with ads on every page. You may also run into formatting problems unless you download software from the site.
Cost: Ranges from free to $69 a month, including online hosting of your web site.
2. WebResumePlace: Once you’ve created it, you can download your résumé into a PDF, doc or txt format. You also have access to customer support.
Downside: Cumbersome to edit. Across the top of the résumé, there’s a stock photo of people in a meeting.
Cost: $25 a year and $2 a month after that.
3. InteractiveResumeServices: It’s easy to cut and paste text from your résumé into this format, and you can choose to make any part of your site inactive.
Downside: The templates don’t allow for many design options.
Cost: $25 a year for one résumé.
4. VisualCV: With a crisp, clear layout, it offers more design options than the others. You can download the site into a PDF version, and customer service is available.
— Adapted from “Your Best Web Footprint Forward,” Shivani Vora, The Wall Street Journal.