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- Start blogging and building your blog!
Regardless of what type of job you are looking for, odds are it will require a resume. Resumes are a critical part of the job application process as they allow employers an insight into the applicant’s skills, qualifications and level of dedication. There is no doubt that a well-written, accurate resume leaves a lasting impression on potential employers.
Whether you are writing a resume for the very first time or you are experienced and simply looking for a hassle-free method, the Resume Builder plugin for WordPress is a fast and easy alternative to doing it the “old fashioned” way.
An online resume is a great choice because it eliminates the inconvenience of paperwork, downloads or email attachments, and because it’s WordPress, resumes can be easily edited and updated anytime, from anywhere. The Resume Builder plugin for WordPress takes the hassle and frustration out of creating a professional-looking resume that can help you land your dream job.
1.Download and Activate the WordPress Resume Builder Plugin
Download the Resume Builder Plugin here and follow the directions listed under instructions in order to install the plugin, activate the plugin on your Dashboard, and start a resume page.
- Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress
- Navigate to the Resumes > Add New to build out your first resume with the drag & drop builder
- Use the shortcodes provided to place your resume pieces wherever you need them (on a page, in a sidebar, etc.).
- Use a plugin like Custom Sidebars to create sidebars for additional resumes.
Fill in a title for your resume, and then click the orange bar to expand the template and begin adding content. Click “Add Resume Section” and select “Introduction Block”.
The Introduction Block contains input fields where you can enter your name, career, a small picture, and a basic personal summary. Above the main text box, select “Text” to view the plain text of your paragraph, or select “Visual” to access the style and formatting options. If there is media you would like to add, click the “Add Media” button to upload a file. To hide or un-hide a section while editing, click the arrow in the upper right hand corner of the section. You can make a copy of a section by clicking the paper icon or delete it using the red “X”.
The Resume Builder also allows you to create convenient and attractive buttons for your Introduction. Simply click “Add Button” at the bottom of the Introduction Block template and enter a button label and URL, then select either filled or open button style. You can add as many buttons as you want.
4. Add sections and subsections to create the main body of your resume
Select “Add Resume Section” again, and this time select “Default Block”. Enter a title, then click “Add Subsection” and select “Text Block” for a standard paragraph or “Detailed Row” for a more elaborate layout. You can create as many sections and subsections as desired to cover all of the main areas of your resume. For example, creating section titled Experience and adding subsections detailing each period of employment history. You can reorder sections and subsections by clicking the numbered icons on the middle left hand side to drag and drop them.
5.The contact information widget
The contact information widget provides an easy way to list all of your contact details in one place so potential employers can easily reach you. Under the “Resume Widgets” header, you can enter your email, phone number, website address, and physical address.
6.List your skills
List your main skills using the Skills widget; you can add many skills as you want with a description of each, and a 0-5 rating to represent your level of skill.
7.Save and publish
Once you are satisfied with your resume, save it and publish it. If you create multiple resume files you can view, edit, and manage them easily by clicking the “Resumes” tab on your Dashboard menu and selecting “Resumes”.
Be sure to take a look at sample resumes to get a better idea.
Can I import my LinkedIn?
How can I customize the look of my resume?
Copy the contents of the
/css/resume-builder-styles.css into a new file called
resume-builder.css. Put this new file into the root of your theme’s folder. Then you can go ahead and make your changes as you see fit.
Where can I get technical support for the plugin?
There is an official support section where users can post their questions on the forum.
How can I add more than one resume sidebar?
A: Use a plugin like Custom Sidebars to create sidebars for additional resumes.
Hosting your resume online is one thing, but learning how to write a killer resume is another. So make sure to invest the time and resources necessary to build up your resume before you spend the time to host it online.