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Even if you have no plans to enter the job market, it’s notrna bad idea to have an updated resume on hand. I try to update mine at leastrnannually, capturing accomplishments, shedding items that are no longerrnrelevant, and generally keeping current should an internal or externalrnopportunity arise out of luck or necessity. Here are a few tools for buildingrnand maintaining your resume.
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Microsoft Word (free trial available)
While it may be tempting to choose an overly flashyrntemplate, stick to one that’s easily readable. If the reader can’t find yourrnname or other basic data, valuable seconds are spent searching rather thanrnexploring your qualifications.
Resume Builder Pro (Android, $4.99)
I have mixed feelings about this approach. On one hand, anrnapp like this makes it easy to create a resume on the go; however, a minorrnupdate requires cruising multiple screens, and any specific formatting you’vernsubsequently done in Word needs to be reapplied.
Resume Builder Pro/Pocket Resume (iOS, $3.99)
This app also allows export as a PDF to email, Dropbox, orrnto a printer, although it skips the Microsoft Word option. The app providesrnnearly a dozen “styles” you can apply to your resume, so you may bernable to live without the Word capability.
LinkedIn (free cross-platform apps; subscription service options available)
Some have reported mixedrnsuccess with the tool, so you may be stuck with old-fashioned copy and paste. Butrnit’s worth getting your information on what’s turning into the de factornprofessional networking site. While a LinkedIn profile won’t guarantee you arnjob, the absence of one may be a cause for concern.
LinkedIn Resume Builder (free experimental software from LinkedIn Labs)
While there is no guaranteernthis tool will remain free, or even remain in existence, it might help generaterna formal resume quickly if you’re already a LinkedIn user with a completernprofile.