The traditional method for creating a resume has been to open a preferred word processor on the desktop and fight through clunky templates and formatting until finished.
However, there are some iPad apps that will do the job better and in significantly less time. The following choices are geared specifically to making the resume-making process less painful.
Resume Designer produces a solid, minimalist resume without a tremendous amount of effort. It breaks out the key sections in a resume and presents them for you to fill in.
It also offers some style adjustments, such as the font and layout, along with a preview so you can see its progression.
When finished, you can print the resume or save it as a PDF for sending out to prospective employers.
Resume Designer Pro
Resume Designer Pro (unrelated to Resume Designer) is a thorough app that has many customization options. It can create a resume to your liking as it includes 16 different template choices. It also allows for quickly duplicating the contents of one resume and adding them to another for tailoring it to a specific employer.
The company has put a sample online of resumes created with the app that you can check out here.
Resume Builder Pro
Resume Builder does much of the heavy lifting for you, by allowing you to import your resume information from LinkedIn. Combine that with a few lines to fill in and you can literally have a resume finished very quickly.
Your completed resumes can be uploaded to Dropbox as a PDF or as an RTF. The latter is compatible with Microsoft Word if you want to do some further tweaking on the desktop.
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Resume Mobile is a very straightforward choice, as it has a colorful sidebar for filling in your work history, education, and other categories (it also can pull in your data from LinkedIn).
When complete it compiles this information into a good-looking resume - for further editing save it as an RTF to tweak in Word. It also has an extensive amount of sharing options, supporting Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote.
Templates for Pages
If you are a heavy user of Pages on iOS then maybe you just want some more template choices. This app offers a large number of templates, many of which are resumes. It puts them into two categories: casual or business resumes. In practice, however, any of the templates are likely acceptable to employers.
The app works by grouping the various templates inside the app, where then you export the preferred template to Pages for editing, saving, and then sharing with others.