LinkedIn doesn't seem like a great reason to "Go Pro" since I've likely already copied all of my info from LinkedIn just to try it out in the first place. However, the other features, such as analytics and additional templates are awesome additions that I might want after I try it. If I were you, I would seriously consider baking in LinkedIn support to lower the friction for new users and then upsell them with the other features.
You should allow creation of the resume in smaller chunks and save as you go. I get very nervous when I have to type more than a few sentences in an unsaved document.
I don't really need a big description box for every skill I want to list. Actually, I'd rather just list them all (LinkedIn does this).
My profile page says "Howdy Trevor.rundell", which I assume it pulled off my email address. You should just pull my first and last name off of my resume instead.
You should definitely allow users to create their own short URL (/r/trun is a lot better than /r/bejeya). Maybe this is a Pro feature.
This. I avoid web editors like the plague, unless I know with certainty that they have no-reload auto-save.
People have spent years developing habits to defend themselves from crappy web forms. They're not going to let go of those habits without a long adjustment period.
Looks cool!! Thanks for sharing.
(To be clear, I meant to do this without having to create a bunch of different copies of the resume, though it's not really that huge of a difference, I suppose. The email notifications would be a nice touch, though.)
1. No way to contact you.
2. I'd make the "go-pro" button the same as "your resumes" & "sign out" but different bgcolor to stand out.
3. Filling just personal details & saving gives 500 error when viewing resume.
4. $9.99 is one-time or recurring?
5. No way to share my resume (no social/web2.0 buttons)
Keep pushing, don't give up!
EDIT: Just saw social buttons on the left... Wide monitor & it was out of my sight...
"Check out the PRO version, we are sure that you'll love it."
The fact that you don't contract "we are" and then later in the clause contract you will to "you'll" sounds weird.
Also, you may just want to rewrite that whole bit. It comes out like a ShamWoW ad or something..
You may want to make the Preview Templates link a little more prominent.
There's a link that says you can import your LinkedIn profile if you go pro - as a suggestion, add a link to the other reasons why you should go pro (I don't use LinkedIn).
I don't like to discuss here something like this. But this is bad.
....what? Excuse me for coming off as blunt here, but are you actually Buddhist?
You all might seems this is not a bad thing. Because what I was talking here is not your culture. If the author of this product is a real buddhist he would understand this.
If this upsets you, and you're really a Buddhist, then go meditate on why you're allowing your mind to make you feel this way and leave this guy alone. Trying acting less like what you think a Buddhist is and more like Buddha would. Buddha would not feel insulted by a cartoon of a Buddha, Buddha would probably laugh.
I may not be a Buddhist but as some one who love Buddhist philosophy, I find no reason to get offended at the picture, Actually I myself love seeing pictures of Buddha at more and more places (as long as its not used in profane ways) It actually cheers me up.
As I said above, Buddhism is only a philosophy in the western world.
Buddhists may not see much of a difference between a Buddha (or a monk) and a Jesus.
It's not an issue with Buddhism only, some muslim in France eat pork and drink alcohol and don't see why it should be an issue with their faith. They wouldn't be offended to see a cute pork on a website called resumepork.com still millions other muslims may be offended and would leave the page right away.
To go even further, the western world has a very romantic view of Buddhism and strong opinion on what is and what is not Buddhism. In many Buddhist countries, you'll simply be answered "mind your own business and respect my faith."
> Trying acting less like what you think a Buddhist is and more like Buddha would.
How about you do that too?
> Buddha would not feel insulted by a cartoon of a Buddha
You seem to know a lot about Buddha's opinions on things that concern him.
Either way, the point is not Buddha but the fact that the picture is touching a sensible thing for millions of potential customers which, marketing-wise, is not a good idea.
Not too mention the fact that this potential minority of users is just not interesting if this branding results in a large share of the vastly larger (for at least the next decade) Western market
I don't want to talk anyone on this here since, this is a not a place for such.
I felt this is my duty to raise my voice. I did it. Thats enough for me.
But I would like to hear from the guy who build the app for the intention to this?
We don't like it.
Ask your self? Would you like this product to be named as resumejesus? and a picture of jesus with a girl kissing him?
We don't like that tooo. Because it is insulting a religion.
I know most of here are not aware of Buddhism, So I may get unvoted. But I feel I'm right.
Besides, the Buddha was a very smart guy, and much-admired, but that doesn't mean his image need be jealously guarded. I don't see the harm in a little irreverence -- if anything, light-hearted treatment of idols serves as a helpful reminder that nothing should be taken too seriously... can you explain why, in this case, it provoked the reaction in you that it did?
If the net effect of him using this image is that people are favourably reminded of Buddhism, isn't that a good thing?
 Consider the number of hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars named after monks (/friars/priests/popes/apostles/...)
Here's my online resume/portfolio: http://www.ideaember.com/resume & http://www.ideaember.com/portfolio I use piwik (http://piwik.org/) for analytics on it.
Feel free to check out what worked for me and contact me if you'd like to have a conversation about the subject. Perhaps a portfolio builder could be your next project. I've spent a ton of time going over the subject and my current implementation is just one of many iterations.
How it is now doesn't make much sense. I'm not going to pay the $10 until I see it in action. And if I input all the info myself, then by that point I won't need to import from linkedIn.
1. When I try to preview the HTML, I get a 500 error! ("We're sorry, but something went wrong")
2. Possibly do a better job telling us which fields are required. For example, I had to click the "save" button before finding out that my address was a required field.
3. The URLs are generally pretty and intuitive - thanks for that. http://www.resumonk.com/users/9999-username/ shows me a list of my resumes. Nitpick: http://www.resumonk.com/users/9999-username/resumes gives me a 404, maybe make that a listing page, or something? http://www.resumonk.com/users/9999-username/resumes/123.html is fine, though "123.html" is not a "pretty" url. Room for improvement there?
At any rate, this is really very well designed. Cool!
Love the Robert Frost poem, btw.
I really love looking at the poem as soon as I open up Firebug :-)
Your application is much better though. I used prawn as opposed to wicked_pdf to generate the PDFs. Did you do any handling of content spilling over onto multiple pages?
I had an idea for a site exactly like this except I couldn't have executed it as well and I gave up after I saw these: http://startupstats.com/resume-builder-startups-2012-03/
I regret that decision now that I've tried yours.
Stuff like that makes me a bit nervous in giving my details to your site, what other errors and issues are there that might leak them to a 3rd party?
Very Often, it depends heavily on what language you use, java, php, ruby, python...? I love Ruby on Rails.
Also, there should be a way to preview your service without having to sign up. You're going to lose users by forcing a sign up without being able to see the product.
It's a minor point, but the spelling error detracts a bit from the professionalism of the site.
I have also updated the landing page to include a link to this gallery.
They started out with a pro service and then changed models to a template store.
Conveying the message that you don't care about our decadent society's obsession with superficiality and appearance, or whatever message you convey with an ASCII-only resume, obviously works in some situations. But in general, Postel's Law applies here.
(I've used LyX for my résumé -- it seems the right balance for me between the discoverability & hand-holding of a word processor and the power & pretty output of TeX)
I like the website, but you're not getting much information above the fold on ye olde MacBook.