While it is tempting to use an automated resume builder, there are many negative repercussions for your job search journey. Indeed’s free resume builder is more likely to be a detriment because it’s not Applicant Tracking System friendly, isn’t specific, and can result in your resume being overlooked. 

Indeed boasts a quick, easy, and free solution to “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.” One should always be careful of downloading anything and should be virus scanned before opening. A resume builder can miss critical information or misuse key terms in your work history. A resume that can be completed within a few minutes will likely result in a lower number of interview invitations.   

Resumes with Results has built our business on the guiding principle of cultivating relationships with our clients, which allows us to craft a unique resume for each of our clients. A well-crafted resume will result in a higher number of interview invitations.

Why you should avoid using a resume builder 

Not Applicant Tracking System (ATS) friendly 

Simply inputting your information into an existing template can be damaging to your resume, as ATS does not appreciate the use of templates. Most resume templates contain a combination of fields, columns, text boxes and tables, which can confuse the ATS system. Using a resume builder or template means you run the risk of your information not being read by the software.  

Since ATS software doesn’t recognize non-text elements, the content is hidden and will not be scored in your overall rating, which can significantly impact the likelihood of your resume making it to the next level in the hands of the hiring manager. 

File types matters!

Indeed’s resume builder offers only one file type option for the resume you create. However, this limitation presents several challenges: 

PDF files can be problematic for some Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to read and process:

ATS software is commonly used by employers to filter and manage job applications. If your resume is in PDF format, it might not be parsed correctly by these systems, potentially affecting your chances of being considered for a position. 

Inability to make changes or edits to the PDF document: 

Once you’ve created your resume using Indeed’s builder and downloaded as a PDF, you won’t be able to easily modify it. This lack of flexibility means you can’t tailor your resume to match specific job descriptions or customize it for different roles. 

Job posting requirements: 

Many employers specifically request that applicants submit their resumes in Word document format rather than PDF. Ignoring this simple request could be detrimental to your job prospects, as it might result in your resume being overlooked without even being opened. 

Not all experts are created equal 

Indeed states that you can “build a resume using our expert tips and advice or get a head start by uploading an existing resume.” However, not all writers or resume builders are created equal. The word “expert” is loosely used and thrown around a lot in the industry. Without knowing and understanding your goals and professional background, it is impossible to expect a resume builder to include all these important aspects.  

Resumes with Results focuses on custom, original skills-based resumes so you will never see us use a template. We take the time and effort to understand our clients so every resume we write is as unique as you are.

Templates will not give you the advantage you need. Consider how many templates exist online, and how many people might be using the exact template.

Consider your resume as an investment in your future, and a vital document in the success of your job search journey. 

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