Almost all careers started with a successful job application, behind all that is a resume, cover letter, or website that captured an employer’s attention.
The modern job market is highly competitive, and creating multiple job applications can be time-consuming and draining.
The good thing about modern times is the availability of online platforms such as Kickresume that helps job seekers create the best versions of their resume.
Kickresume is one of the many resume builders you might have read on our comprehensive list of free and paid resume builders.
In this extensive (and unbiased) Kickresume Resume Builder Review, I will discuss my experience creating a resume using their website. I will also discuss the pricing model, support options, if any, and any other information.
- About Kickresume
- Setting Up Your Kickresume Account
- Building Your Resume using Kickresume
- Kickresume Pricing
- Building a Cover Letter with Kickresume
- Kickresume Portfolio Website Builder
- Kickresume Job Board
- Kickresume Support
- Kickresume Resume Builder Reviews
- Final Thoughts — Should You Build Your Resume Using Kickresume
After reading this review of Kickresume, you will have a clearer idea and know for sure if you should build your next resume using the platform.
So, let’s get started.
It originally started as their university project when they needed a resume for an internship but couldn’t find any excellent tool. So, they created an app for them and their schoolmates, and after a couple of months, it was widely used by thousands of people.
In 2015, they officially founded Kickresume. The Spot Labs venture capital team saw the potential of team, vision, and product and invested in them.
From that time, Kickresume has helped over 1,000,000 job seekers get hired at the world’s top companies like Apple, Nasa, Facebook, Google, and many more.
They’re also helping students to kick start their careers by providing them with free premium membership; collaborating with Unidays in the US and Australia and with ISIC globally.
Setting up Your Kickresume Account
To set up an account with Kickresume, you simply have to click on the ‘Sign Up’ button on the top right corner of the home page.
You can sign up with your email, or your different accounts on platforms such as Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
I signed up with my Google account for this review.
If you want to receive different emails from Kickresume, you can tick the other boxes. If not, you can click on the ‘Continue’ button.
After that, you will be asked 5 questions to provide you with personalized content according to your needs and preferences:
- How far are you willing to relocate for a job?
- What’s your current career level?
- What’s your industry?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Job Search Assistant (Turn on/off)
So far, I love the early experience that Kickresume provides. There’s also a chat widget at the bottom right corner of the website, and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) pane on the left named ‘Ask Pablo.’
The final question, ‘Job Search Assistant,’ gave me an idea that the website might have a job board (which I will check out later).
I’m getting the impression that building a resume with them will be fun and convenient. If you don’t want to undergo the intro, you can skip by clicking the ‘Skip Intro’ button.
To continue to your dashboard, just click the ‘Continue’ button.
The dashboard has a progress bar that tells you how complete your profile is.
If you hover on it, you can see the different steps on how to progress with Kickresume:
- Signup (10 points).
- Create a Cover Letter (10 points).
- Create a Website (10 points).
- Add Section (10 points).
- Add Subsection (10 points).
- Use Phrases (10 points).
- Use Customization (15 points).
- Upgrade (10 points).
- Proofread (15 points).
I observed that there are no points for creating a resume, but maybe because it is a default to build a resume.
Building Your Resume Using Kickresume
To create a resume, simply hover on ‘Create New’ under the resume tab on your dashboard and choose from these options:
- New Resume.
- Import from LinkedIn.
- Use Example.
‘New Resume’ gives an option to build a resume from scratch, while ‘Use Example’ is for those who want to use a resume sample made by other users who got hired. Kickresume has a whopping 1,351 Resume Examples that you can use!
I’m going to try each option to compare what the features are.
1. New Resume
Creating a resume from scratch using Kickresume’s resume builder starts with choosing from over 37 templates. If you’re not on premium yet, you can only select one of the 3 free templates.
You can also filter the templates by profession from Accounting/Finance, Administration, Business, and more to narrow the choices down.
Once you’ve chosen a template, you will proceed to the resume builder dashboard.
Before that, a pop-up emerges to remind you that they have an AI assistant called ‘Pablo,’ which you can use if you’re unsure what to do next.
The resume builder has a progress bar at the top of the page to remind you of how finished your resume is.
You also have a preview of your resume on the right side and a list of the sections that you need to fill in on the left such as:
- Personal Information.
- Work Experience.
Each section can be renamed by clicking on the section name. Each also has the ‘Pablo’ icon that you can click, and tips will be provided on the right (where the preview was).
The tips are comprehensive and helpful, and there’s even a video embedded in the articles.
While filling out the fields, I noticed that a pop-up appeared when I clicked on the ‘Description’ field of the Work Experience section.
This pop-up is where you can add pre-written phrases that are tailor-fitted to your job title using the search bar to look up your job title. This is amazing because this can help jump-start the description!
Just like that, I was able to finish editing the Work Experience/s section quickly. If you have multiple work experiences, click on the ‘Add Work Experience’ button to add more fields.
The same concept on pre-written phrases is also applied to other sections with a ‘description’ field. The description fields also have different formatting tools to help you emphasize or arrange your content.
You can also rate your skills to show your level of expertise visually.
Each section can also be rearranged by merely hovering and dragging them up or down.
If you want to delete a section, you can do so by clicking the ‘Trash Can’ icon near the ‘Pablo’ icon.
If you are subscribed to premium, you can also add more sections to your resume such as:
- Social Media.
Once you’ve filled out all the sections, human editors will check you need; you will now ‘design’ your resume by customizing it with different colors and choosing a font style, size, page format, and more.
Here you can also change the template of your resume.
Once you’ve customized the layout of your resume, you can proceed to proofread.
Simply click the ‘Continue’ button.
Getting your resume proofread will cost $29 per resume since human editors will check it.
Suppose you availed Kickresume’s proofreading, or proofread your resume by yourself. In that case, you can proceed to download your resume in PDF format, export to Word, send your resume via email, or share it through a link or different social media platforms.
2. Use the ‘Resume Examples’
Another way to make a resume through Kickresume is by using a resume example.
You can manually search a resume example using the search box or by filtering the samples through different categories.
You can even filter the samples by searching for those resumes of people that got hired.
After choosing the resume sample that suits your profession, you can edit the sample using Kickresume’s resume builder.
Simply click the ‘Edit Sample’ button.
You will be taken directly to the resume builder.
The same features are applied as with creating a resume from scratch. The only difference is, the template and some descriptions are already pre-applied.
You still have to fill out the fields, and you can even personalize the resume as much as you can. I found this quicker because I only had to do a couple of editing.
Nonetheless, once you are done, you can proceed to download your resume in PDF format, export to Word, send your resume via email, or share it through a link or different social media platforms.
Some sections of your resume might be on a premium package, so you can’t download your resume without upgrading to a premium package.
I have made a table below to detail the pricing model of Kickresume.
Grammar Correction (English & Spanish)
Another cool thing about their pricing model is that you can share a month of premium to your friends if you subscribe either Quarterly (1 friend) or Yearly premium (up to 5 friends).
The Yearly premium also gives you 1 free proofreading with free proofreading notes.
If you’re a student or a teacher, you can actually get a free premium upgrade!
Building a Cover Letter with Kickresume
Like the resume builder, you can opt to create a cover letter from scratch (New Cover Letter), or use an example (Use Example). I will be exploring both options.
1. New Cover Letter
The 1st step in creating a cover letter from scratch is to choose from 24 different templates. There are 2 templates that are free in case you have not subscribed for a premium package.
Filling out the fields is effortless, and pre-written content is also available for you to choose from when you compose your ‘Letter Body’.
Everytime you write something, the preview on the right will also reflect how it will look like. If you’re having trouble composing, you can always access ‘Pablo’ for some examples and guides.
After composing your cover letter, you can customize its layout, or select a new template depending on how you want to personalize it.
If you have proofread or submitted it for proofreading, and you’re absolutely satisfied with the results, you can go ahead and download, export, or share your resume.
2. Use ‘Cover LettterExamples’
Kickresume has over 750+ Cover Letter samples. This option has the same feature as the resume builder, wherein you can use a search bar and filter the options.
I like filtering it by ‘People who got hired’ because these resumes have proven their worth in the competitive world of job applications. You can also see in which company the cover letter was successful.
Simply click on ‘Edit Sample’ to personalize the cover letter.
For newbies, this option might be better because there is a pre-written letter body that you can edit.
You can still customize this anyway you like, and select another template. Once you are satisfied, you can proceed to download, export, or share your cover letter.
That’s how simple it is to use Kickresume’s cover letter builder.
KickResume Portfolio Website Builder
Aside from creating a resume and a cover letter, Kickresume also allows you to create a resume website which can serve as your portfolio.
You can create a website from scratch (New Website), Import from LinkedIn, or use a sample website format (Create from Existing Kickresume).
New Portfolio Website
To create a website from scratch, you have to select from 5 different website templates. Only 1 is free if you’re not subscribed to a premium package yet.
After choosing a template, you proceed to edit the contents of your website.
Editing the website pretty much feels as if using the resume or cover letter builder, so it was really seamless.
After editing the contents, and the design of the website, you get to publish it with a unique link.
Kickresume Job Board
I observed that on the final step of creating either a resume, cover letter or website, there is a ‘Find a Job’ button.
Clicking this button will lead you to Kickresume’s Job Board page where you can find different jobs to apply for.
The page has different search bars which lets you filter by keyword, location, date posted, distance, and salary range.
The job vacancies are recent as well, and clicking on one would redirect you to the webpage where the vacancy is posted.
Here are some of Kickresume’s policies on privacy:
- You can change your Kickresume cookie settings at any time.
- They process your personal data for the purposes of understanding how their services are used and how they can improve them (by, in particular, analysing personal data we collected, making statistics).
- Personal data provided by you are only visible to you; Kickresume doesn’t publish your personal data.
- They store your personal data for 5 years from your last login.
- When you enter your data they encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
I have probably talked about ‘Pablo’, the very helpful AI assistant of Kickresume earlier in the first sections of this article.
‘Pablo’ is like an online knowledge base which provides almost all the answers you need to build a resume, cover letter, or website effectively.
Aside from that, you can also use the chat widget at the bottom right corner of the website to speak to a live person, or search for more answers.
If you want to send them an email instead, you can do so by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. They respond within 24 hours.
They also have a help center where you can look up articles, depending on the key word you enter on the search bar.
I love the support system that Kickresume has, and I’m very confident that anyone will be able to create an amazing resume because of this.
Kickresume Resume Builder Reviews
I found several sites where a lot of users write reviews for Kickresume.
239 reviews in Trustpilot gave Kickresume a 4.3 star rating out of 5.
10 reviews in the website AlternativeTo rated Kickresume, 4.2 out of 5 stars.
I found 175 more reviews in Google Reviews that gave Kickresume a 4.7 star rating out of 5.
Lastly, I found 64 more reviews in Facebook Reviews that gave Kickresume a 4.8 star rating out of 5.
Final Thoughts — Should You Build Your Resume Using Kickresume?
The answer is an absolute YES.
Kickresume not only amazed me, but it exceeded my expectations.
The website looks beautiful, and the branding is consistent. I have to really commend their product team.
There were no bugs along the way, and using the different builders for resumes, cover letters, and websites was really smooth and easy.
The support is top-notch even if you have not subscribed to a premium package yet, plus ‘Pablo’ is a really friendly help tool to use.
I also like that they have a mission to help teachers and students by providing them a chance to get a free premium account. I think that’s an amazing mission for a company.
Kickresume is true to its name, as it helps kickstart your career. You get an all-in-one experience to learn, create, and find a job on one website. I really would recommend this to all that would read this article.
Additional Reading :
- The Ultimate List of 30+ Resume Builders (Free and Paid)(Updated July 2020)
- 10 Best Job Search Apps for iOS and Android To Help You Get Hired Faster
- The Best Tools to Get Hired in Under 30 Days
- 10 Differences Between a Resume and a LinkedIn Profile You Should Know About
- #13 – Career Expert Series: Peter Duris from Kickresume.com
- How to Change Your Resume During COVID-19 (+ 3 Resume Examples)