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Rework America Alliance Resume Builder

Helping workers to create a skills-based resume to highlight the skills employers seek

Create a compelling resume to highlight the skills you already have that match what employers need for the job you want, with this free resume builder from Rework America Alliance created in partnership with Emsi and Skillful. The Rework America Alliance’s new resume builder will help you customize a resume to a specific job, so you can demonstrate that you have what employers are looking for.

Whether you need to create a resume for yourself, or you work with job seekers or students and want to help them to create a strong resume, the Rework America Alliance’s resume builder and optimizer will be valuable additions to your job hunting toolkit. Let employers know the full set of skills acquired through previous jobs, volunteer work, traditional life, experiences, education, short-course and other experience. Show skills that have been learned that can be transferred to a new role or industry, in language employers understand.

The tool is a free resource from the Rework America Alliance that has been developed in collaboration with worker-facing organizations to share broadly with career coaches and guidance counsellors nationwide and help them better serve workers in their communities.

Through the Rework America Alliance we will also work with employers to help them better recognize the capabilities candidates present through the resume builder.

How It Works:

  1. Enter your personal info, job history and other experience to create a basic resume.
  2. The Smart Resume Builder will use the information you enter to create a skills-based resume that shows the skills you have built from your work and life experience
  3. Customize your resume by adding other skills that are suggested based on the specific job you’re applying for.

"The new resume tool provides an opportunity for a coach to work with learners or job seekers to understand their skill sets and spur a conversation about how to clearly articulate those skill sets. The resume builder can be a teaching tool for generating ideas on how-to identify and communicate skills, and supports the creation of a strong skills-based resume. This tool will help job seekers be accurate and effective as they tailor and build their resume for future employment opportunities.”

Brandi Smith, Executive Director of Career Coaching, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Why the Rework America Alliance’s Resume Builder Is Unique

Workforce data specialists, Emsi partnered with the team at Markle’s Skillful initiative, which is focused on driving more equitable hiring of workers into good jobs, to help job seekers better articulate the skills they have in a way that employers would understand. Talented candidates are regularly overlooked by employers due to an over-emphasis on educational achievements, such as bachelor’s degrees, and past job titles. This particularly impacts the nearly 70% of workers in America who do not hold a bachelor’s degree - which are disproportionately people of color due to systemic racism and inequities such as unequal access to high quality education and training. By creating a resume based on skills, job seekers can highlight their full breadth of capabilities and show employers they hold the skills they are looking for.

Emsi is experienced in using labor market data to drive economic prosperity and has created a vast library of skills, drawn from millions of job postings from real employers. This enabled Emsi to build a tool which draws on that information to suggest relevant skills for inclusion in a resume, using up-to-date terminology that employers will recognize.

Skillful has drawn on its experience working with career coaches, employers, educational organizations and workforce leaders, to create a more equitable and inclusive labor market, in developing this tool with Emsi. Skillful worked with career coaches to test early versions of the tool and to include their feedback in the design and features of the current tool and future iterations.