When I originally wrote The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers, there were quite a few free resume-writing sites out there that had a lot of scaffolding to help people write resumes, but only one gave you the option to print it out so it looked nice on paper.
Apparently, over the past year most of these sites figured out that in order to get a job, most people were going to need a hard copy of their resume and not just a virtual one online. So, happily, there’s more of a choice out there, and all of them seem pretty equally accessible to English Language Learners.
Here are my picks for The Best Places For Students To Write Their Resumes (not in any order of preference):
Actually, my favorite is now Read Write Think’s Resume Generator
How To Write A Resume also lets students create their resumes. It’s free, very “scaffolded,” and provides multiple ways to download and print a hard copy.
Resumega is a new and very scaffolded site where students can create their own resumes. Lots of samples are included, and it’s easy to print out the final product.
Job Spice is a new site to create resumes for posting online or for printing out. It’s very accessible to English Language Learners. Demo Girl has also created a screencast on how to use it. My only concern is that it appears you have to download your resume prior to printing it out, which might be a problem for some school computers that are configured to not allow downloads. I might just be missing something, though.
Resume Companion looks like a very easy, and scaffolded, tool to create a resume.
What NOT to do: 7 ways to ruin your resume is an excellent list of Yahoo. The 7 ways in bullet points are accessible to ELL’s, though the short explanations might be challenging. It’s a little out of place with the other links on this list, but I’m including it because it’s just so useful.
cvmaker is another good site where students can create resumes.
Resunate is an easy online tool to create a resume.
Resumonk lets you easily create resumes. It’s one of the easiest tools out there that I’ve seen — students can quickly make a PDF.
This is a useful resume infographic:
Resume Builder Online is a very simple tool to…create a resume. CVS Intellect HipCV is a new resume-builder site that, importantly, lets you download your resume as a PDF. It provides a pretty straightforward guide to adding information to a resume, which is important for students. Though I’m not sure the world needs yet one more online resume-builder, Resume-Now is a new decent site that provides a lot of step-by-step guidance and lets you download the finished product. Job Scout has a number of interactive computer tutorials designed for people very new to tech, plus it also offers a guided tool for creating resumes. And they’re all free. TechCrunch says they have also just announced a Spanish version, but I haven’t been able to locate it online yet. Resume Genius
I’d still encourage readers to check-out The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers because it has several other excellent resources related to job-hunting and exploring careers.
As always, feedback is welcome.