Originally published in Job Resource Librarian
I know I’ve been recommending it a lot lately, but I might have to take back what I’ve been saying about Google Docs being the end-all-be-all of online resumeland.
It is actually very difficult to line up the second line because the words “Employment History” which might be typed under the word “Objective,” take up more space, and if the user is attempting to tab to an alligned position, it just isn’t possible. Tabs don’t work for this as they would in a Word doc. It is all about using the space bar and eyeballing the formatting, which makes it really hard for the beginning user to format a clean resume.
After playing around with this a bit more, I wondered, hey, maybe it WOULD be easier for my patrons to use one of the Google resume templates.
As you can begin to see, there is quite a variety of different templates to choice from. I decided to try the Classic Resume:
At first it seemed easy. I selected the text that I wanted to change and then, OH NO! What happened?!!
Unfortunately, I don’t know what to say or do at this point. If I can’t figure out the formatting, I certainly do not think that a new user will be able to be successful (without perhaps throwing the mouse against the wall). So where does that leave us? Back to the resume builders?
Right now, I’m not sure. I think that for now, I’ll stick with the imperfection of a plain Google Doc, but like a child who has finally realized that her father is not infallible, neither is Google. As hard as it is for me to admit, resumes are difficult no matter what kind of tools we attempt to use.