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Show DN: Create a No-Nonsense Resume

over 7 years ago from , UX Designer

Hey DN, we’ve been working on this prototype for a while and would love to get some early feedback from you guys. If you have a minute, please click through, try it out and let us know what you think.

Use Access Code: alpha www.standardresume.co/create-account

You can also view a completed sample resume here: https://standardresume.co/r/-JkK9BkuSQ-6MHTnZ9V3

Thanks!

30 comments

  • shelby /shelby /, over 7 years ago

    darn, i was going to create something like this. nice to see that the idea was actually followed-through with, though. i probably wouldn't have.

    one thing i'd like to see is a simple json api so that designers/developers can pull their (or perhaps any) resume data and style it how they like (or whatever they want to do with it)

    5 points
    • Account deleted over 7 years ago

      Hey Shelby, co-founder here, thanks for the feedback! Would a simple JSON download be sufficient, or is there a need for a whole API? We are storing the resume data as JSON internally, so this shouldn't be to difficult.

      2 points
      • shelby /shelby /, over 7 years ago

        just a simple call that would return the major information. perhaps some meta-data as well, such as last-updated-on.

        0 points
        • Account deleted over 7 years ago

          Sounds good, thanks for the info. We fixed the issue, so you should be able to publish after importing now. If you remove the 'hasVisited' flag from the localstorage and reload the page you should get the linkedin import modal again.

          1 point
    • Jordan SingerJordan Singer, over 7 years ago

      We do this on Represent, append .json to any resume link and get the JSON standard (https://jsonresume.org) for resumes: https://represent.io/jordan.json

      1 point
    • Chris DChris D, over 7 years ago

      Isn't the point to not style it? Hence "no nonsense."

      2 points
  • Jordan SingerJordan Singer, over 7 years ago

    Have you seen https://represent.io?

    2 points
    • , over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      No we haven't, it's one of the nicer services we've seen though. Have you used it?

      0 points
  • Matt WalkerMatt Walker, over 7 years ago

    Hey I dig this idea!

    The sign up was relatively easy as was the importing of linkedin info.

    After signing up I saw the resume edit page and entered in some basic info (like job title, contact info) and I was a little confused where to go afterwards, so I hit live view on the top far right and didn't see anything, so I tried to go back and then all my resume data was gone and I didn't see an action that would let me re-import the linkedin data again.

    I also tried to click on the top left 'standard resume' text with expectation that it would take me back out a step so I can try and redo this whole process but that wasn't clickable.

    I felt the positioning of the logout button was a little out of place as well, I would have never guessed it would be at the very bottom to the right. Does this positioning change at all if I'm on a different area of the site or will that logout always be at the bottom right?

    I also didn't recognize the icons on the right of the resume data entry page were clickable menu items, they just seemed to be floating icons on the right for aesthetic initially. I would personally recommend keeping the text below the icons visible and then making the hover state something that inspires me to click it.

    These are just my first impressions right off the bat, I didn't really dig any deeper than that as I've got a meeting in 10 minutes!

    2 points
    • , over 7 years ago

      We're working on making the import available from the editor but clicking live defiantly shouldn't clear your data, we'll look into that more. Your other feedback is very helpful as well, thanks Matthew!

      2 points
  • austen m, over 7 years ago

    Beautiful work, applauds.

    2 points
  • Taron GhazaryanTaron Ghazaryan, over 7 years ago

    Looks great, only piece of feedback would be to reduce the text size and increase the page width when printing so that it fits on one page.

    2 points
    • , over 7 years ago

      Thanks Taron, better print styles is going to be our next area of focus. Any reason in particular why you feel the resume should fit on one page?

      1 point
      • austen m, over 7 years ago

        For print, hirers tend to like one page resumes.

        1 point
        • Matt WalkerMatt Walker, over 7 years ago

          I can vouch for this as well.

          My resume that I gave the recruiter versus the sheet the recruiter hands off to the company are very different things. It was packed with information and very condensed compared to my two page resume.

          0 points
      • Taron GhazaryanTaron Ghazaryan, over 7 years ago

        Mostly because I don't think recruiters will look through a 2 page resume or a resume with tons of condensed text. In my opinion, you're better off showing the last few meaningful jobs you've had rather than covering everything from the dawn of your career. I'm sure it varies from industry to industry, but I know the general rule of thumb is to cap at one page.

        1 point
        • , over 7 years ago

          Thanks guys, one idea we had was to create a summary for each resume so that customers didn't have to worry about how much content they added. You could either print the summary or the full resume. We're also working with some recruiters to get a better sense for what they look for in a resume.

          0 points
  • Julian SalasJulian Salas, over 7 years ago

    I would like the ability to download as a PDF. Also, I am currently working on my portfolio website, and having the ability to integrate this onto a Resume page would work nicely. Thanks and good luck!

    1 point
    • Account deleted over 7 years ago

      Hey Julian, thanks for the feedback. We are currently working on download to PDF, it should be done in the next week or so. Check back over the next few weeks because we plan to add a lot of functionality based on early user feedback.

      1 point
  • Nathan KontnyNathan Kontny, over 7 years ago

    I dig it! Looks great. Very scannable. One thing that came to mind if you need any more brainstorming on where this could go -- Looking at this was something I wrote awhile ago:

    http://ninjasandrobots.com/writing-a-cover-letter

    I think most people creating resumes don't fail so much at the resume part as they fail at the cover letter part. They fail at communicating something that isn't obvious. They state "I'm made with real eggs" and they are a breakfast sandwich. Of course you're made with real eggs; you are an egg sandwich. Use the space to tell me something interesting and surprising about yourself.

    People also fail at testimonials. The biggest reason I hire people is when someone else says something nice about them. But most people stick a "references on request" at the bottom of resumes. That's terrible! Testimonials should be at the top of your resume or cover letter.

    I'm only mentioning that because that's where I think people need the most help, and could your solution help with that?

    Maybe your resume could have a beautiful pull quote or two at the top for testimonials. Or a place at the top to call out what should be in a cover letter (e.g. a better Objective area). A short paragraph of your story, and how you're different. The anecdote that tells me how different you are than everyone else. The paragraph about how you surprised everyone in your last job, know one thought you could pull off XYZ, but you did, and you got a promotion for it. That kind of thing. Because really, most people hiring don't want to read the resume.

    1 point
  • Karl WeberKarl Weber, over 7 years ago

    I really like this application. I was discussing building an online resume maker with my business partner only a few days ago. This idea is well executed. I enjoy the design, very stark, makes it suitable for most industries.

    1 point
  • Chantal BallChantal Ball, over 7 years ago

    I had trouble getting it to work right. Just a little bug heads up. I signed up and it prompted me to import the info from LInkedIn so I did and updated all my info, but then I was unable to publish and now it didn't save my input and I can't get back to importing from LInkedIn. Hope this helps. Other than that I think it's a sweet idea, looks very clean, nice and focuses on the most important.

    1 point
  • Matt VMatt V, over 7 years ago

    Not sure if anyone else mentioned this, but when I clicked print, I noticed the contact information did not appear on the page (in the chrome print preview). Windows 7, chrome Version 41.0.2272.118 m

    I think the section headers are slightly difficult to read, but that may be the point. I love the site simplicity. Awesome work.

    0 points
  • Deryck HensonDeryck Henson, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Very slick. And just in time for me; I've been putting it off forever. Another competitor you should check out is http://jsonresume.org.

    It's executed a bit differently (you build and run the server and host the JSON-stored resume directly - it's all-inclusive) and doesn't have LinkedIn import abilities, but the array of themes is vast and community-contributable (is that a word?). Since you're getting early feedback I'm betting themes are already on your TODO.

    One more print bug is with the tags/skills boxes: if the layout is arranged so they begin at the bottom of page one and there are enough (in my case four rows because I'm excessive), they will span to the next page but get cut off in the page one bottom and page two top margins.

    Great work! Thanks for sharing with us.

    0 points
  • Gareth PriceGareth Price, over 7 years ago

    Looks awesome. I wish that there were custom fields though (I am in academia and published articles are very important).

    Major problem: I can't publish my details, console logs show this error:

    [Error] Error: Firebase.set failed: First argument contains undefined in property 'resumes.-JmZnnp4ODTFYh5SfpTT.data.educations.0.summary' dispatchEvent (bundle.js, line 12) (anonymous function) ([native code], line 0)

    0 points
    • Account deleted over 7 years ago

      Hey Gareth, thanks for the feedback and detailed bug report. What information would you need to include for each published article?

      1 point
      • Gareth PriceGareth Price, over 7 years ago

        To be honest, just a text field will do. A full citation is made up of a considerable number of individual components...

        0 points