Basic Resume Generator

I’ve long always had a full resume on hand, slickly designed and formatted, ready to print out or send as PDFs. Although, now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t think I’ve given the full thing out at all to anyone in the past decade, actually more than two decades, since before I first registered the wordpreneur.com domain back in 1999. 

You see, as a wordpreneur, I haven’t been applying for regular employee jobs. For the freelancing part of what I do, I basically seek out gigs. Yeah, some of those client prospects ask for a CV, but for each of these folks, I’ve always quickly crafted custom versions, highlighting and talking up the bits I know will appeal to them, minimizing the blah blah parts (or just practically chucking them out completely — heck if prospects really care). It’s still a resume, but now it’s also a tailored sales sheet, and this is a tip for you freelancers.

I usually just work off of basic resume templates stored on my computer. But lately, I’ve been playing with many of the various resume creation tools available online. Maybe you’ll find it interesting that among all that I’ve seen, the one I favor is the simplest one, the one without all the bells and whistles the other have. It doesn’t even have a slick, aesthetically-impressive interface. That translates to mean it’s the one that requires no brain cells and effort to figure out how to use, too.

That’s the Basic Resume Generator at the Thrall Public Library site, which a Google search for a resume tool led me to. It’s essentially just a typical webform full of fields, with adequate prompts and guidance throughout so you know what to type in.

When you’re done filling it out, it lets you specify what kind of output you’d like it to spit out (formatted or plain text, essentially). And that’s all there is to it! Although the formatted options are good-looking, I doubt I’ll ever really use anything but the plain options (since they’ll likely just be sent within emails).

If your wordpreneur gears are churning in your head right now, you’ve probably realized you can likely use this nifty free tool for other purposes as well. Like maybe producing character fact sheets for your stories, or for noting quick-and-dirty info about folks you interview/write about in articles.

No registration is needed at all. Just drop by and start using it. If there’s anything lacking, however, it’s the ability to save and recall data you’ve entered into the fields—it’s a pain to enter the same info over and over again, obviously. But not to worry! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Toolbox installment, and I’ll have a free solution that fixes that little shortcoming.

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