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Writing your CV can be a stressful experience, mainly because there are so many resources and opinions out there on how to get it right. Knowing which guide to follow can be tricky, as well as what the best approach is when it comes to the format, content, use of colour, and whether to include a photo or not!
Thanks to CV apps, it's never been easier to create a sterling CV or resume with the click of a button. But, with so many fantastic apps and software available, you must make your decision wisely. Your app of choice must be up to date with the latest recruitment trends to avoid creating an outdated CV.
Lucky for you, we've put together a list of the best CV maker apps out there to create the perfect CV.
1. Resume Star: Pro CV Maker
With a 4.9-star rating on the App Store, Resume Star has great reviews all round. As one iOS user put it: 'This is the best, easiest way to create and get your résumé out there. Clean, professional results. Got me an interview in this tight, competitive market!'
The app is equipped with impressive features designed to help you land a job interview. Whether you want to create a CV in PDF format, an online portfolio or a cover letter, you can do so with Resume Star's state-of-the-art, customisable features through your mobile device.
What's more, it features 16 professional, field-tested templates with easily customisable fields. You can navigate the menu with ease and create a clean and efficient résumé that is tailored for the specific job, without fuss.
2. CV Engineer
Free on Android
Built by a former professional recruitment consultant (turned software developer), this fluid, user-friendly app allows you to create your CV for free (with the option of a goodwill payment). With an array of formatting options, CV Engineer has a straightforward interface and splits your CV into easy-to-save sections so that you can review each part with ease.
You can also save and share your CV in PDF via Google Drive, Gmail, WhatsApp and more. The app's latest version sports even more photo templates, offering a wider selection to choose from.
3. Intelligent CV Resume Builder
Free on Android
Considered one of the best CV-maker apps around, Resume Builder is a cutting-edge tool offering a vast choice of CV templates available in a selection of 15 colours.
One of the most notable features on this app is its CV writing service and support feature, meaning if you get stuck or need some additional help, Intelligent CV has you covered. It also comes with CV examples for each section, which are based on research and interviews with HR professionals from across Europe.
If you want to create a CV that focuses on what hiring managers are expecting, this is the app for you.
4. Resume Builder+ Professional
Free on iOS (paid plans also available)
This three-step résumé builder has millions of users from across the globe. Complete with more than 100 professionally designed résumé templates, this award-winning app enables you to create a professional CV in minutes, even offline.
This exceptional app is regularly updated with new features and improvements. It offers a seamless résumé creation process, as well as the ability to add unique elements to make your résumé shine.
Another notable feature is the job description suggestions and writing tips, which are ideal if you find yourself struggling to word your CV correctly.
Free on desktop (paid plans also available)
If you want to create a visually appealing and quickly scannable CV that gets noticed by recruiters, OnlineCV’s super-intuitive online builder is the way to go.
With a selection of stylish CV templates to choose from, OnlineCV’s interactive tools provide you with step-by-step instructions and specialist suggestions to help you maximise your chances of landing your next job. You can also easily change between templates, as well as seamlessly edit colours, fonts and styles to get your CV just right – on any device and at any time.
All templates are formatted for ATS, so the only thing you need to focus on is your CV’s content.
Once you’ve perfected your design, meanwhile, you can quickly download your CV as a TXT or PDF file or even share a direct link to your CV with prospective employers. Simple!
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6. Resume Builder by Nobody
Free on iOS (paid plans also available)
This CV app allows you to focus on the content of your CV first (which, let's face it, is the most important aspect). Once you're ready, you can select one of the 25 available résumé templates, all of which have customisable colours, text size, line spacing, section spacing and margins.
Boasting plenty of exciting features, this app comes complete with Live Preview (on iPad), Flexible Editor, AR Preview and PDF Export. So, you can edit your résumé from your iPad or iPhone, while the app can be used with multiple devices provided you have Cloud Storage support.
7. Resume Builder, Resume Creator
$2.99 on iOS
This ultra-modern CV builder app will transform your iPhone or iPad into a portable CV creator! Plus, it features numerous templates that allow you to put together an appealing CV with an edge!
Simply add your information, select your template and then, add and rearrange sections. Once created, you can preview your CV before emailing it or printing it with the click of a button.
The app also comes with a built-in cover letter support, while you can also include a personalised handwritten signature.
8. Aristoz Resume Builder
Free on Android
Aristoz is a popular CV app that is ideal for those looking to apply for an internship, entry-level job or an executive role. It has a light user-interface with a rich array of features and is truly time-effective, unlike some of the other apps out there!
9. Resume Genius
Free on desktop
This outstanding résumé maker is used by over 10 million people from across the globe! Resume Genius is jam-packed with a diverse library of templates, from classic and elegant designs to more creative and modern options.
Another impressive feature is the many tips and tricks on offer, while there is also a live chat feature that helps you get quick answers to your CV-related questions.
With Resume Genius, you'll be sure to create a brilliant CV and cover letter with minimal effort – but maximum impact!
Resumaker is an ideal CV builder for entry-level candidates as well as mid-level professionals, executives and anyone looking for a career change.
If you want to take your CV to the next level, this is the ultimate choice, with an extensive library of templates that are perfectly suited for job seekers across all levels and industries.
11. PathSource Resume
Their slogan? 'Quick. Easy. Done.' What more could you want from a résumé maker?
This popular app has been distinguished for its user-friendly functionality, allowing you to create a beautifully designed résumé using a vast choice of colours.
Whether you're seeking a professional, simple, modern or creative look, PathSource Resume's field-tested templates are designed to help you get you hired faster. Meanwhile, it's regular updates keep the content fresh and up to date with the latest hiring trends.
If you don't fancy crafting your curriculum vitae from scratch, using a CV app is a great shortcut! Plus, you don't need any design skills to create one! All of the apps featured above are efficient, user-friendly and will allow you to craft a CV that is guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.
So, if you want to stand a chance of obtaining employment in today's competitive labour market, using a CV creator app could be a wise choice.
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Have you ever used any of these apps to create a CV before? What was your favourite? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 15 June 2017.