ResuM8: iPhone Written App Review
Get a leg up on the competition with ResuM8, a resume builder and critique app from Career Marketing Specialists, a professional placement group that caters to top companies around the world. It’s not the easiest time to find a job, and this app’s basic content is 100 percent free. That makes it an ideal fit for those seeking employment. Intrigued? Our iPhone app review of ResuM8 can help shed some light on this helpful app.
ResuM8 serves as a helpful resume template. The app will walk you through the resume building process step-by-step, from entering your name and contact information, to how to enter employment details. Not only can you create a resume right from the app then share it via email, the app contains a sample resume and some helpful tips for job seekers who need a little assistance. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t?
The app’s main suggestion is to treat your resume like a polished marketing pitch for optimal results. In addition to supplying industry-specific tag lines and headings, the app also contains extensive lists of career strengths developers claim top employers are looking for. Unfortunately you do have to unlock the career strengths, but more about that after the break.
We do wish ResuM8 offered multiple resume formats, since different industries may have different standards, and the included format is not a traditional left margin oriented design.
Layout & Design:
The ResuM8 iPhone app organizes resume building into logical steps, so even if you don’t use the app to create your final resume, it should give you a good idea of the process. That makes the app perfect for users who haven’t had to polish their resume in a while, new job applicants or people who have been striking out in the job market.
It’s also mind-numbingly simple to use this application. You enter info into standard style iOS forms and the app turns it into a formatted document you can share as an RTF or PDF document with the touch of a button. All you have to do is provide the information the app asks for and push “next” and “done” until the app says your resume is ready to go. How’s that for efficiency?
Now, here’s the rub. The ability to build a formatted resume with an app and get lists of catchy headlines are great, but the elite, expert advice (the meat and potatoes if you will) costs $4.99 to unlock. As a rule we aren’t big fans of apps with hidden costs, but at the end of the day if you need help getting a job it’s probably worth making a small investment on this information. We just think the developers could handle the cost in a more up-front manner or make their app price commensurate with other apps out there, especially since it only offers one layout option.
ResuM8 iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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