Building your perfect resume

Building your perfect resume
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The start of the new year is a great time to refresh your resume and ensure you're presenting your best self. Even if you're not looking to switch companies anytime soon, having an updated CV can be handy in showcasing your accomplishments for an internal promotion, gaining a seat on a coveted board or as an industry expert on a panel.

Of course, determining the best way to display your expertise on one page can be a daunting task. Luckily, the internet can help. Check out these five online resume building tools to help make yours stand out from the crowd.

My Perfect Resume

My Perfect Resume
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Keeping your CV simple is the best way to let your skills shine through. The My Perfect Resume builder keeps that in mind with its online tool. The cloud-based platform offers 12 resume templates and 10 fonts, letting you customize your resume without feeling overwhelmed by options.

You can create a resume from scratch or upload a draft of your current resume to update it. The platform is free to use, but we recommend signing up for a paid subscription, which allows you to download, print and email your digital creation. Subscriptions start at $25 a month. [Read related story: The Best Fonts to Use on Your Resume]

I Need A Resume

I Need A Resume
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Hopefully you have more than a few minutes to update your resume and send it out, but it is nice to know there is a great solution for those high-pressure, time-crunch moments. The online tool, I Need A Resume lets you create or update your CV in less than 10 minutes (I timed it) and provides four professional templates to chose from.

Once information is entered, you drag and drop sections to move them higher or lower based on your preference or importance as well as increase or decrease font and line spaces. I Need A Resume is completely free to use but only offers PDF downloads. We recommend setting up an account so your information remains in the cloud for future updating.

Easel.ly

Easel.ly resume builder
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With the online design tool Easel.ly, your resume can scream, "Pick me!" The visual platform provides access to 100,000 infographic designs, including tons of eye-catching resume templates.

Great for creatives, Easel.ly allows you to type or paste your CV information onto any template. A limited version of the platform is available to use for free, but most people will find greater value signing up for the $3 per month plan which unlocks all of the site's features, including the ability to download your file as PDF.

Resumonk

Resumonk
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Whether you're changing fields or operating a side hustle, you might need different resumes to speak to your different skillsets. Resumonk makes creating and updating multiple resume versions easy. The premium version of the cloud-based tool offers 17 templates, and you can create a cover letter for each resume you've saved. With three of the templates, you can add your photo to the top of your resume, which is helpful if you're applying to an international position.

Resumes can also be downloaded as a PDF and Microsoft Word document. Resumonk has a limited free version, but the $19-a-year subscription provides more options as well as downloadable CVs without the site's branding on them.

Resume Help

Resume Help
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Even the most skilled professional has trouble occasionally summarizing what they do. When you just can't find the words, Resume Help may be the solution. The online CV tool provides hundreds of pre-written job summary examples that you insert into your resume and update as appropriate.

The subscription-based service lets you create multiple resumes and cover letters as well as download and save PDF, Word, TXT and HTML files. Resume Help is $1.95 for a 14-day trial or $95.40 per year.