Resume Companion is an application used to create or tune up a resume. It has various templates designed to work effectively for different professions.Show more screenshots »
Resume Companion was founded in September 2009. The main offices are in Taipei, TWN and Maryland, USA. Unique visitors to the application are steadily climbing from 24,000 to nearly 420,000 over the last twelve months. There is little information available about the creation of the application or the people behind it.
The main difference between this app and other resume apps is the "assistance" with pre-written phrases for each occupation. For some, this may be very helpful. For some, it may not capture what they need to convey.
The user begins by entering contact information: first and last name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, country, the option to enter a password to save work for later access, and then confirmation of the email. This information "activates" the account. Next, the user enters Professional Experience with employer information, position information, and bullet points. The bullet points are prewritten snippets that are available for the user to insert into their resume based on the occupation they enter. New, original, bullet points may also be added.
The next step is to add more positions or continue on to the education section. In the education section, users are invited to add the name, city, state, and country of the school they attended, as well as the degree and/or program.
Next is the Additional Skills section, which allows the user to highlight their specific strengths. The phrases may be reordered via drag and drop.
Once the information is entered, the user may preview how it looks in the provided templates. Each one is distinctive and gives the user a look at what might require changes prior to exporting.
In addition to the resume, the user may select a template for a cover letter. This includes the saved contact information, employer contact information, date and salutation, and job reference number if applicable. The user may then simply choose from the basic pre-written introductory paragraphs, personalizing as needed. The qualification summary allows the user to choose the occupation and add phrases to the cover letter that apply to that profession. Original content may be added as well.
The Thank you letter simply offers a template and the user creates the letter body in the lite version.
Users may choose to have their resume critiqued by a professional consultant if they are using the Pro Plan. They may also create a second version of the resume with that plan. Resume Companion also links users to resources to find and apply for jobs as well as assistance with distributing the resume.
The entire app is menu driven and the bullet points are certainly beneficial to those who have difficulty in composing their own phrases about their skills, but some professionals may find the suggestions too restrictive or not quite applicable. The ability to edit is necessary to personalize the resume. It is also good to note that the phrases offered in the resume were nearly identical to those in the cover letter.
Apparently, there is no registration required with the Lite plan. The Pro plan requires an email address, password, first and last name, credit card type and number, expiration date, and CVV2.
The Lite version of the program allows users to build a resume using the tools provided on the website. The Pro subscription of 1 month for $29.95, 3 months for $22.95, or the 5 day trial for $4.95, include a resume critique service, a personalized critique, the ability to save to Microsoft Word and PDF, the ability to send via fax, email, and print, full access to cover letter builder, Full access to the thank you letter builder, and a bonus 28 page interview prep guide. Both plans allow users to save to a text file and include a monthly career newsletter.
Anyone needing a resume could certainly give Resume Companion a try. It is easy to use and the pro services are there if needed. The templates are professional looking. Users should just be careful that the pre-written phrases say exactly what they want to present, or they may find themselves having to speak to something that isn't accurate in an interview.