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Resume Builder and Job Search Manager

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ValidateJOB's Resume Builder and Job Search Manager is a free program and password-protected online service designed to assist job seekers with a variety of wizard-based tools and Web-based resources. It not only helps you create a winning resume and post it online but also obtain references, attach certification and documentation, and even submit job applications. Both the software and the online service are free, except for an optional proactive background check and report known as a ValidateJOB Report.

We downloaded and installed Resume Builder and then created our free online account. The Account Dashboard serves as a handy start page for all your job search resources, including all the resumes you've created and attached; the certifications, references, and other resources in your Portfolio; your job applications and ValidateJOB Reports, if any; and housekeeping like passwords and friends. We clicked Add Resume to start the resume wizard, which walked us through each section: Contact Information, Objective, Career Highlights, Employment History, Education, and Skills. After we'd previewed our resume, we clicked Finish to add it to our list. At any time we could click the Dashboard link to return to the front page. The References wizard helps you request personal and character references from previous employers and others as well as e-mail the references to prospective employers. The Job Application tool included not only resumes, references and other standard resources but also Cover Letter and Confirm Email tools. The Portfolio tool lets us attach a variety of extra resources such as videos and images.

This program is called Resume Builder and Job Search Manager, so we spent some time perusing the Job Search Resources menu, which includes state-by-state, city-by-city listings of job resources (U.S.-only, though) and Local Newspaper Job Listings. The Search Jobs Online tool let us search the Internet for local or global job listings. It includes an RSS feed. Nothing about this program or the Web-based services was confusing in any way, but a Help file is available. While we didn't actually send off any applications or resumes, Resume Builder and Job Search Manager certainly seems ready for the job.

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    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1.0 stars

    "validation certificate has expired. tojan malware on pc"

    April 7, 2014  |   By not-tekki

    Version: Resume Builder and Job Search Manager 1.8

    Pros

    none to report

    Cons

    this is a malware, it disabled my norton 360, and wont uninstall even after i go into control panel and uninstall. the verification email sent to me to confirm registration did not allow me to go to the website

    Summary

    for a few years now i come to cnet for all my downloads, now it is not as safe as i thought. so where do i go for safe downloads now

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Downloads 4 spam programs in addition to rated program"

    March 8, 2014  |   By mintirish

    Version: Resume Builder and Job Search Manager 1.8

    Pros

    None. I didn't use the software. It makes you register online before you use the software and I obviously wasn't going to do that after they installed 4! spyware on my machine without asking.

    Cons

    4 spyware programs, need I say more

    Summary

    Spyware, spyware, spyware. I am disappointed that cnet's editors rated this program highly and steered me wrong.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Resume"

    October 26, 2012  |   By mycarsfast

    Version: Resume Builder and Job Search Manager 1.8

    Pros

    Does more than creates a work history lots of helpful,tools allows attachement

    Cons

    not impressed with the job locator

    Summary

    Great Software for Free!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't see what the big deal is"

    June 14, 2012  |   By Dinobaba

    Version: Resume Builder and Job Search Manager 1.8

    Pros

    Haven't found any

    Cons

    Not much use for making resumes

    Summary

    This app might be useful for managing resumes that you have made elsewhere I guess, I didn't get that far. As far as making a resume from scratch it doesn't do anything, just gives you blank spaces to past into or write in plain text, no formatting, can't edit the font, no suggestions, no information, nothing really. Can't even adjust the page breaks. A word processor works much better in my opinion.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Is very easy to use, navigate and manage"

    November 9, 2011  |   By maglobe

    Version: Resume Builder and Job Search Manager 1.8

    Pros

    I am able to manage my resumes, references and job applications all in one place, besides being able to search the online resources especially the nationwide listings of part time agencies and newspaper job classifieds.

    Cons

    It needs to be online as it seems to be using the internet to update information. Not really a con, but something to think about.

    Summary

    Great for a free software - Does what is says.

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