Resume Designer - Creating a Resume

Creating a Resume with Resume Designer

When you launch Resume Designer, the first thing you see is some sample Resume documents, and a button for creating a new one.  You can tap on one of the sample documents to view it, you can duplicate one of the samples and use it as a starting point, or you can start from scratch by creating a new document.

While you're looking at the list of documents, you can view the options for a document by holding your finger down on the icon for a moment, until a menu appears with options including Duplicate, Rename, and Delete.

Tap on a document, or create a new document, to start the editor.   

Editing your Resume

The editor has two parts, and how you see them depends on whether you're using an iPhone or an iPad.

On the iPad, the user interface is presented in two panes.  The left pane lists the document sections and other options, and the right pane is where you do the editing.  

When using the iPhone, the user interface still uses these two panes, but you only see one at a time.  The first you'll see is the list of sections, and when you tap on a section, you'll transition into the editor for that section.  Tap the back button to at the top left corner to return to the section list.

A new, blank resume document consists of a Personal Information section, a number of other sections (some are created for you, but you can rearrange, add or delete sections as you see fit), and some settings for the appearance of the document.

Resume Designer isn't like a traditional word processor.  You fill in information in a simple form-like manner, and Resume Designer takes care of the formatting for you, giving you a professional looking document.  

A resume is made up of sections.  Common sections would be an Objective, a list of skills or previous jobs, your educational background, and whatever other sections you'd like to add.  If you tap the Add Section button, some sample section types are listed for you, or you can add your own custom sections.

Some section types are simply paragraphs of text, where you can type whatever information you'd like to include.  And other section types let you add events that happen at some point in time.  Your work history would be an example of a section made up of events.

If you add a Work Experience section to your Resume (or edit the one that's already there by default), you'll see a title for the section, and a plus button.  Tap the plus button to add a new entry.  Each entry has a title, an area for the detail about that entry, and a time period.  

When entering the time period, you should always enter a start date, since the start date is used to sort the items in the section (starting with the most recent first).  If you leave the Show As field blank, then Resume Designer will format the date range and include it in your Resume, but you can also enter a custom string here.  For example, for a summer co-op work term you might enter the date as from June through August, but show it as "2012 Summer Co-Op Term".

Style

Tap on Style below the list of sections, and you'll see the options available for customizing the appearance of your resume.  

You can choose to have your personal information section either centered, or justified.  Justified will split the information between the left and right edges of the page, and centered will center it all in the middle.  Justified takes less vertical space than centered, so if you're trying to make your resume fit on one page and it's just a bit too tall, you could try switching to Justified (or switch to Centered to help fill up the page).

You can choose a font family for the document headings, and a separate family for the body text.  

The Layout view shows you a preview of the pages of your resume, with interactive controls for changing the margins and text size.  This is a great way to ensure your resume fits nicely onto a page - you'll see the document flow onto the pages as you're dragging the control knobs.

Finally you can Preview your resume.  Preview will generate a final PDF version of your resume and show it to you using the iOS PDF viewer right in the app, so what you see is really what you get.

Distributing

Once you're done, you will want to get your resume into the hands of your potential employers.  Usually this comes down to printing the document, or emailing a PDF file.  

If you have an AirPrint compatible printer, then you can print your resume right from within Resume Designer.  If not, you can email the document to yourself or transfer it to your computer using iTunes, and print it from there.

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