Technology advances afford endless opportunities to make our lives easier, and nowhere is that more evident than on the web. While online job banks and networking services like LinkedIn offer convenient opportunities to search for work, a robo-resume service is not likely to help you gain the employment offers you desire.
What is a robo-resume? Usually offered as a free incentive by resume writing sites, a robo-resume is any resume that is automatically generated from the site’s limited database of keywords and job descriptions. After you fill-in your basic information and desired industry, the service generates key descriptions as bullet points under your work history sections. Voilà! You have a resume.
Sounds great, right? Wrong. There are a number of problems with creating your resume in this fashion. For starters, robo-resumes get their name precisely because they are robotic. Not just by virtue of the technology, but because the end result is a dry, lack-luster resume that is void of any human narrative.
In other words, a robo-resume fails to tell your story with your voice and authority. Its general, catchall descriptions rob you of the opportunities to demonstrate your key assets in detailed descriptions of what you bring to the job.
Further, robo-resume sites offer the automatically created “Instant Resume” free for a reason. They want your paid business. By getting you hooked on their free, inferior product, they hope to entice you to “Upgrade” to their premium version, which usually promises guarantees, personal service and job leads, among other perks.