How to build your CV online

How to build your CV online

Customize or create your résumé with the help of these easy-to-use online services and apps to catch a potential employer’s attention
The job search of today is radically different from that of a few years ago. Recruiters use online tools to find the perfect candidates, and vice versa. Since employers can find most of the person’s information online, the physical résumé as a stand-alone document needs to change as well—it must compliment that information with a visual résumé, an online portfolio or a custom website page that could enhance your online presence. We take a look at some online resources that can help you create that ideal résumé. Before you get started make sure you have an updated LinkedIn profile because most employers immediately search for it and check it.
Accredible not only lets you upload documents/certificates that detail what you already know, but also keeps track of what you’re in the process of learning. It has a neat arrangement where you can create “slates” that represent a course/skill and attached to it is the “evidence” that you have to submit to ascertain your completion of the said course/skill. This gives your portfolio an organized workflow that clearly highlights your strengths. To create a clear and concise e-portfolio that works as evidence for your skill sets, look no further than Accredible.
Physical résumés, when using a software such as Microsoft Word, can take hours to make—you spend a lot of time perfecting the formatting and layout. CV Maker lets you make a neat and crisp résumé without putting in too much effort. It is quick to get started on—you don’t even need to sign up to create your résumé. You have six different fields to fill, with each requiring certain details. After rearranging the fields as per your preferences, you can select one out of six preset styles for your résumé. And that’s it, you’re done with your résumé that you can now download in TXT, PDF or HTML formats. If you’re looking at something that builds a sharp résumé without needing to put in too much effort, CV Maker is the perfect solution.
Similar to CV Maker, it is a free-to-use site that gives you certain sections to fill in and templates to choose from (nine of them) to create a résumé with ease that you can then save or print as PDF or DocX. The design templates look really slick, making Creddle résumés visually attractive. Also, if you have a detailed LinkedIn profile, it can automatically create a résumé for you by importing details from it. Creddle also lets you quickly create a cover letter with a nameplate and contact links that match the résumé. It can also embed the résumé on your own website, if you have one. Creddle creates good-looking résumés without much fuss and can serve as a compliment to your landing page with the embed feature.
If you think your online presence would reflect your personality a lot better with a custom-designed website, then opt for Flavors. It will showcase a picture on the background with a biography and a set of links about your previous work.
With Flavors, you can create a landing page within 20-25 minutes if something simplistic is good enough; you can also customize many features such as the layout, fonts, links, domain name, traffic analysis, etc., to make it a richer experience. It also gives you free customizable business cards (with shipping charges extra). It is easy to use, flexible, powerful and stylish.
This free website reviews your résumé and then grades it for you. Based on recommendations of hiring managers, human resource directors, job search experts, and certified résumé writers, RezScore’s algorithms read your résumé and analyse it on more than a dozen metrics to determine a grade for your résumé.
What’s more, it tells you exactly which areas the résumé did well in and comes up with recommendations for improving upon others. No suggested changes are mandatory, but if you want a second opinion on your résumé’s quality, RezScore works well.
In this age of job hunting, people are stepping away from traditional résumés and want to “share their stories” instead. That’s exactly what does by presenting work details in a visually eye-catching manner. It lets you build your résumé in the form of infographics, and stores it on a personalized Web address that serves as your résumé. LinkedIn integration makes sure that it is regularly updated along with any changes you make to the LinkedIn profile. The very cool interface lets you add graphics such as statistics, skill proficiencies and quotes with ease.
On the phone
Some of the apps that let you create résumés on your smartphone/tablet
Resume Star
Free on iOS
Resume Star lets you build professional-looking CVs in a matter of minutes on your iOS device, iPhone or iPad. Nothing very fancy, but it gives you the basic stuff—enter information, select from templates, and you’re done. What stands out is the payment system. The app is free to download, but the developers expect the customer to pay them “only when we’ve earned it”—once you actually get a job with the résumé you created using Resume Star.
Free on Android
Super requires the user to fill in the details, select a template, and your résumé is ready. However, what is interesting is that they’re trying to create a Tinder-like community for workspaces, where users can choose which companies they’d like to work for (Tinder is a dating mobile app). Thus, if you like a company and the company likes your résumé as well, there’s a match and you’re automatically connected.
Source | Mint – The Wall Street Journal | 15 April 2015

BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.

As the open access movement grows and prospers, more and more repository servers come into being which use the “Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting” (OAI-PMH) for providing their contents. BASE collects, normalises, and indexes these data. BASE provides more than 70 million documents from more than 3,000sources. You can access the full texts of about 70% of the indexed documents. The index is continuously enhanced by integrating further OAI sources as well as local sources. Our OAI-PMH Blog communicates information related to harvesting and aggregating activities performed for BASE.


BASE is a registered OAI service provider and contributed to the European project “Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research” (DRIVER). Database managers can integrate the BASE index into your own local infrastructure (e.g. meta search engines, library catalogues) via an interface.

In comparison to commercial search engines, BASE is charcterised by the following features:

  • Intellectually selected resources
  • Only document servers that comply with the specific requirements of academic quality and relevance are included
  • A data resources inventory provides transparency in the searches
  • Discloses web resources of the “Deep Web”, which are ignored by commercial search engines or get lost in the vast quantity of hits.
  • The display of search results includes precise bibliographic data
  • Several options for sorting the result list
  • “Refine your search result” options (by author, subject, DDC, year of publication, collection, language and document type)
  • Browsing by DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) and document type.

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9 Best Free Online Resources for College Students

You don’t have to be Einstein to see that technology is flooding the world. Interconnectivity of peoples is at an all-time high and continues to soar.
Since the birth of the internet, people have been sharing ideas and concepts across continents and oceans. Amongst this exchange, some have sought to profit. Others instead seek a free sharing of information to all people simply for the betterment of the human mind.
For the most part, sharing information is not a free endeavor as any college student will attest, but there are some who want all learning free. What better place to start than with the internet? There’s an app for that and a website too.
Here are some of the best free online resources for college students.
1) Khan Academy. This massive teaching tool is the brainchild of Salman Khan who began making YouTube tutorials in math for his relatives and friends. Their popularity prompted him to make a career out of the institute. The website is entirely free and funded by donation.
A variety of teachers show how to do everything from algebra to post-modern literature to biology and the lessons have been translated into 23 different languages. Download the app today and get this awesome tool to help you stay on track with all of your school or to further your education.
2) Glass Door. College helps train students for professional life. One way to do that is through internships. Paid or otherwise, an internship is a way of getting experience in your chosen field. There are many out there. Some have massive competition while others go completely unfilled, but how do you know the job or internship is good for you?
Enter Glass Door. This website allows people to post anonymous ratings of positions and companies completely free. The site allows you to see what people have said about the internship before you ever even apply. It can also help you narrow your search for internships that help you get where you want to be.
3) Rate My Professor. Getting to know a professor is tough by any account, but sometimes it can help to know them before they know you. is a useful tool to do just that.
The site allows students to post reviews of classes, professors, and even school as a whole. You can see exactly how hard the class will be, what to expect in terms of help, and which professors are more concerned about research than teaching.
4) The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Communication is key to everything. From relationships to work to schoolwork, communication is paramount to success. However, communicating ideas in writing is not easy as evident by the thousands of papers, books, apps, and websites dedicated to helping people write.
Many claim to be able to teach anyone to write, but few can compare in sheer detail and thoroughness as Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab. The website is free to the public and contains a complete style guide to the Modern Language Association including a perfect complete example paper.
5) SparknotesReading is easy. Understanding is hard. When the professor drones on and on about the Biblical basis of the characters’ dilemma, the Faustian bargain he must make, or how the murder of a side character was actually a rape, some minds might wander.
Others will wonder what drugs the professor’s on to be pulling this stuff from thin air. That’s where Sparknotes comes in. This handy website allows you to get more than just a summary of a book’s chapters. It gives you an invaluable tool for understanding the intricacies of literature.
6) LiveMocha. Parlez-vous français? Sprechen sie Deutsch? Hablas español? It’s all Greek to me.
Learning new languages is certainly a difficult task and making a good grade while doing so is even harder. Here’s where LiveMocha can help. This site is a points-based learning site where experts and the community help each other learn 38 different languages.
This site also offers the experience of having peers review your work to help you learn better and faster.
7) Google Scholar. Google is synonymous with search engines, but for all its amazing power, it has its failings. The engine has been accused of being biased according to who’s paying the most or who’s most popular at the time. So when searching for sources or research, Google’s main engine doesn’t cut it.
Here’s where the scholar function comes in handy. It will search universities, libraries, archives, and repositories for “scholarly articles” or more reliable, more knowledgeable information on a given topic. That will give you some better material than a Google search on the Industrial Revolution.
8) BibMe. Need a bibliography for a paper now? Want to get some feedback on your styling? Don’t want to pay for it? Try This amazing site has instant bibliography makers for MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian styles, feedback generators for essays, a title page generator, and a citation guide to help you make sure authors and artists get their due credit.
9) Project Gutenberg. How much did you spend on books last semester? Answer: too much, especially when you can get your books for free on Project Gutenberg.
This site offers an enormous library of books for free download. Available throughout the country, this site seeks to allow for the free flow of knowledge worldwide. Textbooks are sparse on the site, but for a novel or other book, why waste the money? Kindle, iPad, and plain text versions are available for download.
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