10 Best Free Resume Builders for 2022 (2023)

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There are quite a few free online resume sites, but some are MUCH better than others.

Some also appear to be free but will make you pay at the very end or you won’t be able to download your newly-created resume.

So in this article, I’m going to review the 10 best resume sites that offer completely free resume builders.

These are the websites that offer the best resume templates, best building software and user experience, and don’t charge you to download a printable resume.

Top 10 Free Online Resume Builders

Cultivated Culture

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Cultivated Culture provides free tools and information to job seekers. It’s run by Austin Belcak, who’s spent his recent career developing formulas for crafting effective resumes, writing engaging cover letters, and landing high-paying jobs at some of the world’s top companies.

His free resume builder includes four resume templates that are ATS friendly, full design customization, and expert advice throughout the process to help you craft the perfect resume.

The tool is user-friendly and makes writing a resume simple. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose your resume template.
  2. Select a color scheme.
  3. Create your resume. You’ll be able to add information to the various sections of your resume, including personal information, experience, education, and skills. You can remove and add sections as needed.
  4. Once you’re happy with your resume click “Finalize.” Here you’ll be able to adjust the font size, line spacing, and margins.
  5. Download your resume as a PDF or text file, or save it to your Google Drive.

You can use this tool to build an unlimited number of resumes.

Cultivated Culture also offers two other free tools that will help you develop a more professional resume. They have a scanner that offers suggestions and keywords based on your desired role and also provide a feature to help your write more effective bullet points.

NovoResume

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NovoResume is an online resume builder that offers eight templates to choose from, a content optimizer, pre-written resume samples, a cover letter builder, and templates for your cover letter.

After you choose one of their resume template options you’re taken straight into their resume builder. You have to sign up for a free account before continuing, but this just takes a moment.

Unlike other online resume builders that have you write your content in fields, NovoResume allows you to edit the document itself. Click on any of the text to edit and customize it however you like. You can also change the font, template, design, or layout throughout the process if you’re not happy with the way it’s looking.

Here are a few of the best features of NovoResume:

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  • The free resume builder includes an optimizer score that changes as you’re building your resume. This allows you to see how you’re doing and make adjustments to improve your score.
  • You’ll see yellow exclamation points throughout the template. Click on them to get tips and recommendations from NovoResume.
  • You can switch templates as you’re creating your resume. This means if you change your mind halfway through you can easily adjust the look without having to start over again.

The free version of NovoResume allows you to build one single-page resume. If you want a little more flexibility you can upgrade to the premium resume builder, which lets you create unlimited resumes and gives you access to additional fonts, templates, and various customization options.

With this tool, you’ll have everything you need for your next job application.

LiveCareer

LiveCareer offers a free resume builder designed by certified resume writers. They also offer example resumes, templates, a cover letter builder, cover letter templates, and everything else you need to build an eye-catching resume.

The first thing you’ll notice about their resume builder is the number of templates they offer. There are a total of 31 templates to choose from, which gives you the freedom to create a resume that suits your personal brand. They’ll also recommend templates for you, based on your level of experience and the job title you’re applying for.

Once you choose one of their templates you have the choice of starting from scratch or uploading your current resume for LiveCareer to reformat. Unfortunately, like many other resume builders on this list, they don’t let you use the resume from your LinkedIn profile.

When creating a new resume, the resume builder will walk you through each section one at a time and ask you to provide the required information. During the resume-building process, LiveCareer will actually suggest bullet points that are related to the job titles you list in your work experience.

They’ll even provide a pre-written summary for you based on all the information you provide (although you also have the option to write your own summary if you like).

After you’re done you can download your resume to your computer as a Word doc. Unfortunately, you can’t export it as a PDF.

LiveCareer’s free resume builder only lets you create one resume. If you need to create more you’ll need to upgrade to one of their premium options. While there isn’t a free 30-day trial, for just $1.95 you can try it for 14 days. They also offer a paid service where they’ll review your resume and provide feedback.

Zety

Zety offers all the tools you need to build a resume that will catch employer attention. In addition to their online resume builder, they give you access to over 20 resume templates, writing tips, pre-written examples, a cover letter builder, templates for your cover letters, and more. So they do much more than only helping you develop a great-looking resume.

In terms of the builder, once you select one of their resume templates, you can choose to start a resume from scratch or build off of an existing document (Zety will reformat it for you).

You’ll find Zety and LiveCareer’s resume builders are virtually identical (they seem to be built on the same platform), and they have all the same features and download options. Zety also has the same payment structure, where in order to create multiple resumes or gain access to their more advanced tool options, you’ll need to purchase a premium subscription.

USA Jobs

USA Jobs provides the best resume builder software when applying for government jobs.

Their online resume builder is geared toward the exact application process and requirements of the typical government role.

(And those requirements are quite overwhelming if you haven’t applied to many government jobs in the past, so it’s fantastic that their software helps.)

You’ll need to set up an account with USA Jobs to get started, but it’s well worth it.

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After joining, follow these steps to start creating a resume for government jobs:

  1. Sign into your account.
  2. Go to your Documents.
  3. Click “Upload” if you want to edit an existing resume or “Build Resume” if you want to create a new one.
  4. Name your resume if you’re creating a new one.

From here, you can add text to the various sections of your resume (work experience, previous job title, education, references, etc.). There’s also a section where you can add additional information, like job training, languages, and affiliations.

Once you finish your resume you’ll be able to access it in your documents list and can use it to apply to various government positions.

The big difference between USA Jobs’s resume builder and other similar tools is the amount of information it asks you to include. For example, federal government recruiters review, audit, and score a wide variety of information, and this builder ensures you don’t omit anything that the recruiters require for you to be considered.

I found out about this tool through a colleague on LinkedIn, and here’s how they explained it:

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So, if you’re applying to any government jobs, this is THE resume builder to use.

My Perfect Resume

My Perfect Resume offers free resume builder software and over 30 proven resume templates to help you get started. They also provide a resume optimizer, cover letter builder, cover letter templates, and a number of different customization options to help you land your dream job.

This resume builder uses the same platform as LiveCareer and Zety. You start by indicating how long you’ve been working and based on that My Perfect Resume will recommend a few templates for you. Then they’ll walk you through each section so you can fill in the correct information. They’ll offer suggestions along the way and will even write your bullets for you if you wish.

Once you’ve completed the process you can download your resume to a Word document (there’s no option to download it as a PDF). If you want to use the builder to create additional resumes you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account.

While My Perfect Resume’s resume builder is pretty much the same as LiveCareer and Zety’s it’s extremely effective, which is likely why they all use this format.

Resume.com

Resume.com is a completely free resume builder. They also offer information on how to write an effective cover letter, career advice for job seekers, and more.

Their resume builder is straight forward and simple to use:

  1. Enter the type of job you want to apply for.
  2. Choose a resume template. Resume.com offers nine different templates.
  3. Click on each section of the template to edit it. Tips are provided for each section to help you craft the perfect resume.
  4. When you’re finished, you can choose to print or download your resume as a PDF or text file.

In addition to resume building, Resume.com also has a job search feature. Search for a job based on position and location, and then use your newly created professional resume to apply.

JobScan

JobScan is known mainly for their flagship software that allows you to match your resume up to the job description before applying (also known as tailoring a resume).

However, they recently launched a free resume builder that’s among one of the best we’ve seen. It features great resume templates and design options, and they also offer writing guides, cover letter templates, and more.

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I’d certainly put them among the free best resume-making sites available right now.

Once you begin, their resume builder gives you the option of building a resume from scratch or editing an existing file. You can even download your LinkedIn profile as a PDF and parse it as an “existing resume.”

If you choose to create a new resume you’ll start by picking one of the three resume templates they have to offer. Then you’ll simply fill in the required information for each section of the resume.

JobScan provides labeled fields for all the details you need to provide for every section, and a number of these fields are required to ensure you don’t miss anything.

If you already have a resume you’re reasonably happy with you can upload it to the resume builder and JobScan will reformat it and fill in your information based on what’s provided in your resume.

Once you’re done building your professional resume you’ll have the option to scan it based on the job you’re applying for.

JobScan will give your resume a grade that’s judged on a number of factors, including skills match, education match, ATS tips, keywords, word count, and more. Based on these results, you’ll be able to build a resume that’s perfectly suited to the job you’re applying for.

Along with their free resume builder, JobScan offers writing guides, resume templates, cover letter templates, design options, and more, making it easy for you to build your resume.

Kickresume

Kickresume is one of the best resume builders I was able to find while researching. They offer resume templates, resume examples, templates for your cover letters, and design options. Unlike most of the other resume builders on this list, you’ll have to create an account before using it. However, this process only takes a moment.

Once you’re inside the resume builder you have the option of starting a resume from scratch, importing your resume from your LinkedIn profile, or using one of their example resumes. Free users have access to three different resume templates.

After you select your template, click on the different sections and fill in the fields to make your resume. You also have the ability to add and remove sections to personalize the document.

Click “Customization” along the left-hand side to change the colors, format, font, and template. There’s also an option to have it proofread by a professional, although there is a charge for this service.

When you’re happy with your resume, click “Download” to export it as a PDF file or Word doc, email it to yourself, or save it to Dropbox.

Kickresume also has a premium option. The free option should be good enough for most, as it allows you to build unlimited resumes and gives you access to plenty of resume examples and pre-written phrases for you to use.

But if you want access to all the resume templates and cover letter tool options you might want to consider the premium option. While they don’t have a free 30-day trial they do offer a money-back guarantee.

Indeed

Indeed is known mostly as a job search tool to find employment opportunities in your local area. However, the company also offers a free resume builder to help job seekers perfect their resume before applying for postings.

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Once you choose one of their eight different templates you’re taken to the resume builder where you can edit the document however you see sit. Simply click on any of the text to change it. You can switch templates at any time, adjust the color scheme, and add or remove sections.

Indeed’s basic resume builder is simple but effective. That being said, it does have some downsides compared to some of the other resume builders on our list:

  • There are no optimization tools, tips, or suggestions to help you with your resume building.
  • They don’t provide you with any example resumes.
  • There are no drag and drop features.
  • There are no tools to help you with your cover letter.

Once you’re satisfied with what you created about can download your resume as a PDF file.

While there are better resume builders out there, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create a resume, this one is a good choice.

Caution: Before Using ANY Online Resume Builder

There’s one more piece of information you should know before acting on ANY of the online resume builder reviews above.

In my experience, too many job seekers focus on an eye-catching resume design when applying for jobs or emailing recruiters, but they don’t put enough focus on writing great content and information that will appeal to reader. So no matter which of these top 10 resume sites you choose, focus mostly on the text and information you add, not the design.

In fact, I still recommend a single-column layout.

And the truth is, if I were creating my own resume today, I’d use a regular Word template, not any online software or tool.

I discussed this with a colleague on LinkedIn here:

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Microsoft Office has good templates available, and Hloom is another good site for templates.

I can understand if you don’t want to tinker with resume formatting, spacing, etc., and everything that comes with creating it in a Word doc, but that’s what I’d personally do.

Just keep this in mind when choosing any drag and drop software above; you should always pick a design that lets you focus on the content and info because that’s what employers want to see. And don’t choose a format that doesn’t give much space to describe your recent work, accomplishments, etc.

Because the FIRST place I look on a recruiter is your work history, under your one or two most recent roles.

I’d also never recommend a resume layout that doesn’t begin your employment history on the top half of page 1.

Employment experience is often the first thing hiring managers look for (unless you’re an entry-level job seeker), and you should never make them scroll far down the page (or look on page 2) to find it.

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Conclusion: Choosing the Best Online Resume Site for You

There isn’t one single best resume builder for all people in all industries, but the 10 choices above provide good, basic options that are user-friendly and will impress hiring managers.

I recommend visiting a few of the sites above and seeing which builder and templates look best to you. Each site offers different features/options, so you’ll want to get a sense of which one feels best to you before creating and downloading a resume.

And if you read my “Caution” statement above and decide to build your own resume in a document rather than in an online app, I have many free resources to help you here.

FAQs

What is the best format for a resume in 2022? ›

1. Reverse-Chronological Resumes. The most widely used resume format among job seekers today, reverse-chronological resumes are also probably the easiest for recruiters and hiring managers to understand at a glance—which is itself an advantage.

Are there any truly free resume builders? ›

The Resume.com resume builder stands out from the rest, but not only because we're the only truly free resume builder out there. We also offer: Access to dozens of professional and creative resume templates. Editing tools you can use directly on our platform.

Is ZETY free to use? ›

You can use Zety's career resources at no cost. Users can also create a free resume or cover letter, but they will be required to buy a 14-day pass for $2.70 to download their document. Those who require extra features can pay the discounted rate of $71.40 for an annual subscription.

Which format do most employers prefer for resumes? ›

Chronological resume

This is the most common type of resume format and is generally preferred by most hiring managers. A chronological resume leads with your work history, which should list your current and previous positions in reverse chronological order.

How long should resume be in 2022? ›

How long should your resume be in 2022? There is no perfect answer. Depending on the job description and your work experience, your resume should be one or two pages long. If you have over 10 years of relevant experience, a multi-page resume works better than a one-page.

How far back should a resume go? ›

How far back should your resume go in 2022? The common advice is to keep the work experience in a resume between 10 to 15 years. Doing so will give your hiring manager a general outline of your start, your growth, and where you find yourself now.

Is ZETY a free resume builder? ›

With Zety, you can make a resume for free, and download it in the format of your choice. The most common formats for a resume are PDF and Word.

Which app is best for resume making for free? ›

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Are there any totally free resume templates? ›

Resume.com is a completely free resume maker that offers dozens of templates for creating your resume or cover letter, as well as job boards and career advice. You have the option to upload and edit an existing resume, create a new one or edit one of the sample resumes offered on the site.

Is it OK to use a free resume template? ›

Yes, it's just fine to use resume templates, if you use them wisely. They aren't as “evil” as some people claim them to be. In fact, sometimes resume templates can be quite helpful.

What is the easiest resume builder? ›

Resume Genius is undoubtedly one of the easiest and fastest free resume tools you have at your disposal. With a clean and easy-to-use interface, the tool walks you (speedily) through the sections of your resume, including education, work experience, and references.

How much does a ZETY resume cost? ›

Pricing: Limited access—Free. Premium access—$29/year. Lifetime access—$99.

Is indeed resume builder free? ›

Easy and Free Online Resume Builder. Create your resume in minutes with Indeed's free resume builder. Download it to your computer or use it to apply for any job on Indeed. Ready to start?

What is the most professional looking resume? ›

This is how your resume should look:
  • Good font. Use an easy-to-read typeface. ...
  • Evenly-set margins. Resume margins on all four sides should be 1-inch. ...
  • Consistent line spacing. Go for single or 1.15 line spacing for all resume sections. ...
  • Clear section headings. ...
  • Enough white space. ...
  • No graphics, no photos. ...
  • Ideally one-page.
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Do employers prefer PDF or Word resumes? ›

There have been surveys done that show employers and recruiters prefer a Microsoft Word document over PDF. A Microsoft Word document is easily opened by many programs and devices. An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) could easily read a resume.

What personal information should not be included on the resume? ›

Leave off details such as height, weight, birth date, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, or place of birth. Employers shouldn't make employment decisions based on these factors, and they may resent the fact that you are tempting them to do so. Keep your resume focused on the facts.

Is it better to have 1 page resume or 2? ›

A 2018 study found that employers preferred two-page resumes over one-page resumes, regardless of a candidate's job level. Recruiters were also willing to spend more time reading a resume that was two pages long, according to the study.

How many jobs should you put on resume? ›

How Many Jobs Should You List on a Resume? You should list as many jobs on your resume as you can assuming they are all relevant and you're not going beyond the 10-15 year limit. The number of jobs typically varies between 7 and 3. As long as each job or position is relevant, you shouldn't worry about the exact number.

Should I list all my jobs on a resume? ›

You Don't Need to Include Every Job on Your Resume: Highlight jobs that demonstrate your experience, skills, and fit for the role. Leave Off Jobs That Are Unrelated: You can also omit jobs that are more than 10 to 15 years old, to avoid age discrimination.

What is the best font for a resume? ›

The best fonts for your resume
  • Arial. This sans-serif font is often used for branding and website or mobile design, which makes it a great option if you're in the creative field or are applying to a marketing job. ...
  • Georgia. ...
  • Helvetica. ...
  • Tahoma. ...
  • Times New Roman. ...
  • Trebuchet MS. ...
  • Verdana.
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Is it worth paying for a resume builder? ›

You're about to find out what you should do next time and why it's a good call. Yes, absolutely. A good resume builder will ensure that your resume has the correct format to pass the Applicant Tracking Systems and ultimately lands on the recruiter's desk.

Which tool is best for resume making? ›

Five best resume builder tools in 2021
  • Zety (zety.com)
  • VisualCV (www.visualcv.com)
  • Enhancv (enhancv.com)
  • ResumeGenius (resumegenius.com)
  • Resume (www.resume.com)
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Should I use Indeed resume or my own? ›

Summary. You should certainly be uploading your resume on Indeed but we recommend passing on its resume builder. The formats are not optimized for ATS systems, they're too generic, and they offer little customization. You're better off uploading your own resume with simple formatting and plenty of keywords.

Do companies care if you use a resume template? ›

Additionally, employers won't care that you used a resume template. The time you save by using a resume template can be spent writing your resume, which is what will actually get you the interview.

Do employers like simple resumes? ›

While having a quality resume is important, keeping it simple can help the manager quickly get an idea of what you have to offer in terms of experience, education and skills. A simple resume can help you stand out among other applicants and highlight your attributes in a clean, easy-to-read manner.

What is the fee for my perfect resume? ›

How much does it cost to use MyPerfectResume? MyPerfectResume offers a 3-month subscription for $5.95 as well as an annual subscription for $71.40.

How much should I pay someone for a resume? ›

A good price range for a professional resume is $100-$700, depending on whether it is an entry level, mid-career, or executive resume. You will find, however, that some resume services charge upwards of $700 just for the resume alone, not including any package deals.

How much does it cost to put your resume on Indeed? ›

Indeed's Resume Review: $18 service that connects you with a professional resume editor who will examine your resume and your goals, and send you a 10-minute video walking you through their recommended changes based on their experience and the qualifications fit for your desired job.

Is Indeed worth the cost? ›

With its reasonable pricing and large reach, Indeed might be the best tool for you to find the candidates you need. While Indeed has jobs from all industries and levels, entry-level and lower-level professionals tend to flock to the job board. It's not considered an executive search tool by any means.

What should 2022 CV look like? ›

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  • Ditch the objective and replace with a professional summary. ...
  • Take advantage of keywords. ...
  • Utilise your skills section. ...
  • Remove old education dates. ...
  • Be mindful when listing work experience. ...
  • Structure your work experience so it fits the role. ...
  • Remove personal information.

What are employers looking for in a resume 2022? ›

There are mainly four things that recruiters and hiring managers look for in the resume scanning stage: work experience, education, skill set, and personality.

What is the best layout for a resume? ›

For most candidates, the reverse-chronological resume layout is best. The structure of this simple resume layout comprises: Contact Information. Summary or Objective.

What kind of resumes do employers like? ›

A chronological resume format is the most common, listing your professional history section first. A chronological resume is a good option if you have a rich professional work history with no gaps in employment.

Should you put your picture on your resume 2022? ›

You may find yourself asking, “Should I include picture on my resume?” The answer to that question is no, you should not. That is because a resume photo can: Distract the hiring manager from what's most important (your skills and experience) Get instantly thrown out of the pile to avoid bias or discrimination.

What is the difference between a CV and a resume? ›

The CV presents a full history of your academic credentials, so the length of the document is variable. In contrast, a resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position, so length tends to be shorter and dictated by years of experience (generally 1-2 pages).

What should you not put on a resume for 2022? ›

Don't include lots of information that's irrelevant to the job you're applying for. “Sure, you've got hobbies, interests, languages, favorite bands, and ambitions,” Cenedella says. “But keep the information that doesn't address your ability to be responsible, accountable, and a hard worker to a reasonable level.”

How far back should your resume go? ›

How far back should your resume go in 2022? The common advice is to keep the work experience in a resume between 10 to 15 years. Doing so will give your hiring manager a general outline of your start, your growth, and where you find yourself now.

How many jobs should you put on resume? ›

How Many Jobs Should You List on a Resume? You should list as many jobs on your resume as you can assuming they are all relevant and you're not going beyond the 10-15 year limit. The number of jobs typically varies between 7 and 3. As long as each job or position is relevant, you shouldn't worry about the exact number.

What are the 7 important sections of a resume? ›

Typically, a resume will include the following parts:
  • Header. Include your name, full address, phone number and email. ...
  • Professional Objective (optional) This is a phrase or sentence that highlights your intentions and accomplishments. ...
  • Qualifications Summary (optional) ...
  • Education. ...
  • Experience. ...
  • References.

Which of the following should not be on your resume? ›

There's no need to include personal information on a resume such as your social security number, marital status, nationality, sexual orientation, or spiritual beliefs.

What information should be left off of a resume? ›

Leave off details such as height, weight, birth date, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, or place of birth. Employers shouldn't make employment decisions based on these factors, and they may resent the fact that you are tempting them to do so. Keep your resume focused on the facts.

What are the 3 most important things to look for in a resume? ›

Including the most important parts of a resume is crucial to providing potential employers with an in-depth outline of your qualifications, experience and education. Commonly suggested parts are your contact information, resume profile or summary, experience, education and skills.

What color looks best on resume? ›

The best colors for a resume are black, white, and blue.

Blue also gives the reader a feeling of calmness and serenity. If you're looking for the best color scheme for your resume and want a resume color that's proven and safe to use, go with the same color that these big brands use — blue.

What colors are most attractive on a resume? ›

Color theory

High contrast between the background and the letters makes reading easy. Black and white create the highest contrast possible, so it is considered one of the best color schemes to use on a resume. You can choose a pale background and intensive dark lettering.

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