You should never let your resumé sit stale. There are so many tools to help you update it, spice it up and share it online. You can rely on LinkedIn, transform a WordPress site into a portfolio, or use an online resumé service. If you’re still searching for a solution, consider Creddle or Jobrary. Both are simple to use, and the result is a professional overview of your skills and experience.
To use Jobrary, you need an account – create it either by logging in with your Facebook information or by registering via email. You can make a unique URL for your Jobrary profile; to strengthen your personal brand and online presence, it’s recommended that this URL contain your (full) name or something relevant to your career. The interface is simple, divided into three tabs for editing your resumé, portfolio and account settings. The settings are rudimentary: you can only change the display type of the profile (to show your resumé, portfolio, or both), your password and profile URL. This is probably enough, as the focus should be on your resumé.
Your profile can be set to private in the top right corner. When this option is activated, the visitors only see a “this user has restricted their profile” message. It’s a good idea to keep your profile private while you’re customizing it.
Jobrary uses a modular approach, meaning you’re free to choose which sections of your resumé will be displayed on your page. If you don’t want to include education, Jobrary won’t force you, which is great. To add new or edit existing sections, use the toolbar with icons (highlighted with red in the screenshot above). The sections include the career objective, education, experience, certification, skills, and references. You can also add custom sections and have multiple entries under one section (just click the “Add another entry” button when it’s visible).
Adding portfolio items isn’t complicated either – just switch to the Portfolio tab and upload content you’re proud of. It’s also possible to embed different types of media (from YouTube, Soundcloud …) by linking to them. Portfolio items are organized in (sub)folders or Galleries, and although this feature is most suitable for digital artists and multimedia creators, you can also share blog posts or PDF presentations.
When you’re done and happy with your new resumé, you can export it to PDF, print it or email it directly from your Jobrary profile which is practical when applying for jobs. Just be careful and don’t include too much personal information (like your home address or phone numbers), as there are known cases of scammers stealing CVs and impersonating job seekers. When sharing a resumé in PDF format, it’s wise to watermark it, make it read-only or at least stamp it with the exact date and job position for which it was created.
The first impression of Creddle is that it looks very slick and modern. It offers a practical demo or test-mode where you can try it out before creating an account. The navigation is menu-based, with options accessible from toolbars at the top and a “Customizer” sidebar with multiple levels.
Your Creddle resumé can be completely based on one of the offered templates, or you can use the extensive customization options to change every single element of your resumé. From colors to fonts, sizes and formatting, all options are listed in menus in the sidebar. Changes can be previewed instantly in the main area on the right. Like Jobrary, Creddle also lets you choose which sections to include, and you can reorder them by drag-and-dropping.
Adding actual content to your resumé is done from the “Content” option from the top menu. Here you will also find a “Cover Letter” option, currently in early-access phase (you can earn your way in by inviting friends to join Creddle). Again, similarly to Jobrary, Creddle offers print and export options in different formats (DOCX, HTML, PDF), and you can set the status of your resume to private. The social aspect is covered under the “Share” menu from which you can publish links to your resumé on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Jobrary is the older of the two services, and it shows. However, it makes up for its Web-2.0-like appearance with simplicity and ease of use. Some users might feel intimidated by the sheer amount of options in Creddle that are spread across cascading menus. If you’re looking for a quick way to post your resumé online, Jobrary is probably a better choice. On the other hand, if you enjoy tweaking the tiniest details and want a visually attractive resumé, Creddle has all you need.
Do you use an online resumé or portfolio service? Which one? Feel free to recommend some in the comments.