PDF CV is a neat little free web-based program that will let you create a new CV or resume in PDF format and then download it to your system directly. It’s super simple, very easy to get the hang of, and costs nothing.
There’s been a lot of changes in the last twelve years. I suppose you can say that at pretty much any time in any year, but specifically I am speaking about language. We constantly, as a people and as a nation, change our colloquialisms, vernacular, and basic usage of nearly any term we want at nearly any moment with nearly no provocation, logic, or cause.
That being the case, it came as no shock to me that the word ‘resume’ is no longer being used among the ‘cool’ people in the professional world.
I was never terribly fond of the word in the first place, the fact that it is French in origin not withstanding, but it did still take me a moment to get used to the idea of calling it a Curriculum Vitae instead. While I agree that sounds prettier, it’s also much more of a mouthful than it’s predecessor. Therefore, in the grandest modern tradition, it was decided unilaterally and unconsciously to just use initials. So, instead of a resume, you may need to start building a CV.
Now, a CV, I am told, varies from a resume in certain ways. What these ways actually are, and how they can be visually and physically exemplified, no one seems to know. At the very least, no one wants to tell me. So, in my mind, a resume and a CV are just the same, even if one might look or sound prettier than the other. Which is which is up to you. So, having decided that building a new CV could be a fun project, I set out to find some good freeware to do the trick.
I remember back in the covered wagon days when we used these programs called “word processors” to create and print resumes but like most things in that era those have apparently become defunct. It seems there is specialized software for pretty much everything these days, and to keep up, your various office suite programs just continue to add new templates and extensions. That’s just fine with me, but if you decide to use an outside program to build your CV, you may want to give PDF CV a try. It’s web-based, so there’s no software to download, and it’s also completely free so there’s no worry about cost. That’s a good thing, too, when you consider that most people needing to build a CV are probably watching every penny. Heck, even most of us who aren’t making a new CV still watch every penny these days.
So, once you have signed in to the site, which you can do with your Facebook, Google, or other existing account (or just make a whole new account), you’ll then begin building your new CV. Now, you have two basic options for doing this. You can either upload an existing CV or resume, and then see what PDF CV makes of it and how it can be improved, or you can begin building a brand new one just by filling in the boxes on the web forms. It really is that simple. Just fill in the boxes, and you’re done.
Personally, I did not have a previously saved CV or resume so I started a brand new one as an example for this article. I typed in very little actual information but as I moved through the different tabs on the menu, it was very evident that I could put in as much or as little detail as I wanted, from beginning to end. Once that was done, it was time to choose my ‘template’ which determined the overall look and feel of the CV. Currently there are three different templates on offer but the developer has promised more in the future. After the template is chosen, you can then download your CV result as a PDF file. This is handy because it seems to be that every single time I have been asked for a complete resume in an email or other online application, they have wanted it in PDF format. Most sites will offer a conversion utility but you never know how those will turn out so it’s a good idea to have your own, already made.
In conclusion, I would suggest this site for anyone who needs to make a resume, wants to make a CV, or is just looking to freshen up an existing one. It’s simple, fast, and free. What more do you need as recommendation? Until next time, my friends.
[Thanks go to user Panzer for letting us know about this service].
Check out PDF CV here.