Resumes are often the first impression employers have of prospective candidates. It’s a chance to make an impact – but it has to be done well.
Discussing your work experience and skills in a way that engages employers can be a difficult task. And it’s even harder when you’re on the job market, churning out resumes and cover letters for dozens of different positions. It can be tempting to cut corners to get things done faster – and get more resumes out sooner.
One way job seekers are trying to speed up the resume process? Automated resume builders. These services promise to create the impressive, accurate resumes you need to get your foot in the door for any job. But do these services really work – and are they as effective as real, human-written resumes?
What Is an Automated Resume Builder?
An automated resume builder is an online service that attempts to automate the resume creation process. The service will ask you to fill out basic information about yourself, your work history, and your skills and experiences. That information is then automatically formatted as a resume. Some automated resume builders, which include services from CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, and Monster, allow you to choose from different styles of resume.
It’s undeniably faster and easier to create a resume using an automated builder. But does that convenience come at the expense of standing out in the job market?
Disadvantages of Automated Resume Builders
Automated resume builders are a fast and convenient way to create resumes. But they come with some definite disadvantages that can actually hurt candidates in the job hunt.
Your resume should be a one-page reflection of you – your personality, your work ethic, your experience and more. And even the smartest automated service can’t really represent that.
Creative resumes that show a candidate’s personality are more likely to catch the eye of employers. After all, hiring is about more than just work history and qualifications. It’s also about how that employee would fit in and interact with a company. With automated resumes, you can’t fully showcase your unique personality or creativity, and you can’t prove that you would be a good fit for a company’s unique culture.
Automated resumes also run the risk of looking artificial or canned. That’s a concern for managers in every industry, creative or not – even employees in the most numbers-based positions need to be able to craft coherent emails and communicate well with coworkers. With an automated resume, you can’t showcase your great writing style or eloquent communication skills.
Finally, the best resumes are targeted toward individual positions. They should be created and tweaked with individual jobs and companies in mind, so they can best appeal to and connect with hiring managers. Researching each employer and customizing your resume to establish how you can meet their needs is part of the job search – and automated resume builders just can’t do that.
The Bottom Line
Creating resumes is hard – especially if you’re on the job hunt and applying to multiple positions at once. But if you’re pressed for time, there are better options than automated resume builders. Try professional resume services instead. Outsourcing the creation of your resume to a real person gives your resume a human touch that will set you apart from the competition.
Competition is fierce when it comes to the job hunt, and your resume needs to help you stand out. A resume created by a real person – whether it’s you or a professional – gives you that edge and helps you make a great first impression.
Have you ever used an automated resume builder or professional resume service? Let us know in the comments!
Abby Perkins is Managing Editor at Talent Tribune, a blog dedicated to all things HR.