The first step in a job hunt is to have an informative, easy-to-read resume that impresses recruiters. Start with these free CV builder apps that guide you to make a striking job portfolio.
This list only features web apps, but there are a few that might catch you by surprise. For instance, there is now a chatbot to build a CV by talking. There’s also artificial intelligence that will write a resume for you. Of course, we’ve included basic free resume makers too.
1. Applyya (Web): Free Resume Builder Without Watermarks
A lot of the free online resume builders have a catch. You can download a resume with a watermark for free, but you’ll have to pay a small fee to remove that watermark. Applyya has no such strings attached, and you can make a good-looking CV with its guide.
Start the editor and you’ll see fields that you have to fill, like your name, position, personal details, previous experience, educational qualifications, and skills. Applyya also has a field for a profile, where you add a picture and describe your current responsibilities and skills, or your overall goals. It’s a nice little intro for the recruiter.
You can add or delete any section, choose a base color for the resume, and set custom fonts and font sizes too. Applyya gives you three templates to choose from, all of which look modern and professional. Preview the file while you’re editing it, and once you’re done, download the resume as a PDF. It’s as simple as it should be.
2. Resume Builder (Web): Step-by-step Resume with LinkedIn Import
Resume Builder is a great tool for those who don’t have much experience with writing or formatting a resume. It offers four free templates (minimal, elegant, modern, timeline) for different types of jobs, and guides you through the process of setting up your CV.
Importantly, Resume Builder is among the few free apps in which you can import details from your LinkedIn profile to fill up a majority of your resume. Then you can edit the template as you see fit to add or delete certain sections.
For each section, the app has you enter a few details in boxes and also offers sample text to show you what you should write in the major descriptions. If you haven’t written a CV before this, just do your best to reword the sample text with your own accomplishments.
You don’t need to sign up to use the service, and you can download the resume as a PDF for free. You can also change themes at any time, so try all four templates.
3. Hiration (Web): CV Templates for Different Types of Jobs
When you’re writing a CV for a type of job, it helps to see how other successful people in that industry have composed their resumes. Hiration has a large database of example CVs, along with templates to put them in.
There are only a couple of free designs though, and four free pre-composed resumes for marketing associate, sales head, supply chain manager, and middle school teacher. The others are Premium templates that require a fee, but you can still see their content for free. You can even edit or copy-paste it.
If you don’t want to pay, you can look at this ideal CV and start composing your own resume in Hiration’s free resume builder. Manually add the fields and fill them in with your own details to create a brand new resume, and then download the PDF file.
4. EnhanCV’s AI Resume Generator (Web): Artificial Intelligence for CVs
EnhanCV is among the best resume-building apps and sites on the internet. The developers have now unleashed an AI helper to generate a sample CV for you, depending upon which job you are going for.
It’s a long list of varied job roles too, including accounting, bartender, cashier, maintenance, mechanic, teacher, sales manager, engineering, and many more. Add your name, select the industry, and the AI will create a new resume every time. You can then use it as a template to replace it with your own accomplishments.
I would recommend generating these AI-crafted resumes multiple times and not going with the first one itself. In fact, open it in different tabs and generate them a few minutes apart, with different names. You’ll see a nice mix of what matters in the CV for your industry, as well as examples of how to word your experiences well.
EnhanCV is one of those tools that adds a footnote watermark, and you’ll have to pay to remove it. But this AI resume generator might be the boost your CV needs to land a job, and thus make it worthwhile.
5. CV Bot (Web): Fill a CV by Talking to a ChatBot
If you’re looking to build a CV on a smartphone, I’d suggest trying CV Bot. It might seem a little strange to compose your resume by talking to a chatbot, but it feels surprisingly natural when you do it on a phone.
It takes a few minutes to sign up to use CV Bot, so go through that procedure first. Then the bot will ask you questions that fill in the different fields of a CV. The step-by-step questions let you build the resume one thing at a time instead of showing the full picture already. Plus, on a mobile screen, it feels natural to write fewer words to describe yourself, which makes for a more succinct resume. Recruiters appreciate brevity.
The bot will chat you through filling all the relevant roles of a standard resume, and even lets you add custom sections if you want. Once you’re done, you can preview the CV in different templates. Choose the one you like and download it. The free version lets you download five free CVs per month, which should take care of all the templates.
Get a Cover Letter as Well
With these five resume builders, you should have a good-looking CV ready. Most recruiters recommend tweaking your resume slightly to the needs of the job you’re applying for, but those are only going to be small changes.
That’s why you should add a cover letter with your resume. This way, you can tell the recruiter why you’d be perfect for the job and address specific points about the company. It’s an essential part of the job application process, so it’s best that you know how to write a good cover letter.
Read the full article: 5 Free CV Apps to Create a Beautiful Resume That Recruiters Will Read
RF Modulation: Crash Course For Hackers
When you’re looking to add some wireless functionality to a project, there are no shortage of options. You really don’t need to know much of the technical details to make use of the more well-documented modules, especially if you just need to get something working quickly. On the other hand, maybe you’ve gotten to the point where you want to know how these things actually work, or maybe you’re curious about that cheap RF module on AliExpress. Especially in the frequency bands below 1 GHz, you might find yourself interfacing with a module at really low level, where you might be tuning modulation parameters. The following overview should give you enough of an understanding about the basics of RF modulation to select the appropriate hardware for your next project.
Three of the most common digital modulation schemes you’ll see in specifications are Frequency Shift Keying (FSK), Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK), and LoRa (Long Range). To wrap my mechanically inclined brain around some concepts, I found that thinking of RF modulation in terms of pitches produced by a musical instrument made it more intuitive.
And lots of pretty graphs don’t hurt either. Signals from two different RF dev boards were captured and turned into waterfall and FFT plots using a $20 RTL-SDR dongle. Although not needed for wireless experimentation, the RTL-SDR is an extremely handy debugging tool, even to just check if a module is actually transmitting.
Amplitude Shift Keying
As the name suggests, with Amplitude Shift Keying the amplitude is shifted between two levels, like playing a single note (frequency) on a piano loudly or softly, to represent binary data. ASK modulation’s main advantage lies in its simplicity, which allows for very cheap hardware. It is also very bandwidth-efficient since it only outputs on a narrow frequency band. However, ASK modulation is badly affected by interference, which limits its effective range. A simplified form of ASK modulation is On-Off Shift Keying (OOK), where the transmitter is simply switched on (1) and off (0). This has a power saving advantage since no power is emitted for a 0 symbol. ASK is often used in cheap RF remote controls for consumer devices and automatic garage doors. RF modules that support more complex modulation schemes often can also do ASK and OOK modulation.
Frequency Shift Keying
In Frequency Shift Keying the transmitted signal shifts between two different frequencies to represent binary data, like two different notes from a piano. This would technically be 2-FSK modulation. Four different frequencies can also be used (4-FSK) to represent 01, 11, 10 and 00. FSK uses more bandwidth, but is less susceptible to interference than ASK, allowing for a much longer effective range up to multiple kilometres. On real hardware, the rapid frequency changes can cause the desired frequency to be “overshot”, creating interference. To solve this, a common variation on FSK is Gaussian FSK, where the shifts between frequencies are smoothed to help reduce the effective bandwidth of the signal. Bluetooth Low Energy uses GFSK modulation.
The current darling for long range applications is LoRa, which most Hackaday readers would have heard of many times. LoRa is a form of “chirp spread spectrum” modulation. The “chirp” signal sweeps smoothly across specific frequency range: usually 125 kHz, 250 kHz or 500 kHz wide. How long the sweep takes to complete is determined by the “spreading factor” (SF). The SF is between 7 and 12, which is equal to the number of bits encoded in each chirp. A higher spreading factor reduces the data rate, and increases power consumption, but also makes it easier for the receiver to distinguish the signal from background noise, and helps with longer-range transmissions. Data is encoded by shifting the start frequency of the sweep. When the sweep reaches the end of the top frequency, it “rolls over” and start again from the bottom frequency.
LoRa modulation allows for good receiver sensitivity and interference immunity, but it comes at the cost of bandwidth efficiency. Another disadvantage is the higher cost of hardware, partly due to the patent on LoRa modulation. All manufacturers of LoRa RF chips must pay license fees to the patent holder, Semtech.
When working with RF, it’s always a good idea to know what your local regulations are with regard to allowed frequencies and output power. You don’t want authorities knocking on your door for jamming everyone in the neighbourhood’s key fobs. If you stay within the ISM bands, usually 868/915 MHz and 2.4GHz, licensing isn’t required. However, you can always get your ham radio license, and access more of the frequency spectrum, at much higher power output to even achieve intercontinental communications.
The modulation schemes above are only some many in existence, each with advantages and disadvantages. You’ll probably end up with a few choices in your parts inventory, so don’t be afraid to play around with them for different use cases. And be sure to pull out an SDR dongle and have a look!
The next-gen Xbox’s secret weapon against the PS5 might’ve just leaked
Both Sony and Microsoft are going to launch new consoles this holiday season, but it’s the latter might be doing things differently in 2020. Rather than launching just one console model, as Sony is expected to do with the PlayStation 5, Microsoft will reportedly release two new Xbox versions, one that will compete directly against the PS5 and one that will be slightly cheaper and less powerful. So far, Microsoft has only announced the Xbox Series X product name, but a more affordable Xbox Series S might also be in the works, according to recent leaks.
Previous reports referred to the two next-generation Xbox models by their supposed code names, Anaconda and Lockhart, but Microsoft never really acknowledged them. Now, a brand new leak seems to suggest that the Xbox Series S might be real, as someone has been testing an AMD processor that could power the cheaper version of Microsoft’s new console.
A detailed analysis of the mysterious AMD APU was posted over on Reddit, showing the chip’s benchmark scores in 3DMark 11 and Time Spy relative to known AMD chipsets. The APU includes a 4.0GHz octa-core processor and an unknown graphics processing unit, and it’s paired with 16GB of GDDRX memory shared between RAM (12GB) and VRAM (4GB) in these benchmarks.
From what can be gleaned from public benchmark scores and a private Time Spy scores, WinFuture says the unnamed AMD APU might deliver a graphics performance that would sit between 7.0 teraflops and 7.9 teraflops, which would be significantly higher than the rumored 4 teraflops performance of the cheaper 2020 Xbox model. This is just speculation though, as Microsoft is yet to reveal the actual specs of the new Xbox consoles.
Sony is widely expected to hold its PlayStation 5 event in February, but it’s unclear when Microsoft will reveal more details about the new Xbox models. A detailed PS5 leak said a few weeks ago that the affordable Xbox will be $100 cheaper than the $499.99 PS5, which, in turn, will be $100 less expensive than the Xbox Series X. Those claims are unverified as well, but once Sony unveils the PS5, we’ll be in a better position to tell whether the leaker had accurate information on hand.
China doesn’t need a Huawei ‘backdoor’ to launch a cyber-attack against the UK, experts warn
China has better ways of hitting the UK with a cyber attack than trying to exploit a ‘backdoor’ in Huawei equipment, UK experts have concluded.
As the Government gave the green light for the controversial Chinese tech firm to play a limited role in the UK’s 5G network, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said the risk of its involvement was ‘manageable’.
Huawei is already subject to oversight arrangements which ensure that any ’embedded malicious functionality could be detected should it exist’, the analysis said.
The US has warned allies not to allow the Chinese firm to play a part in their 5G networks, arguing that it is a security risk due to its close links to the Beijing government, something denied by Huawei.
The firm’s activities in the UK have been overseen by arrangements including the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) – nicknamed the Cell.
The NCSC said: ‘Due to the UK’s mitigation strategy, which includes HCSEC as an essential component, our assessment is that the risk of trojan functionality in Huawei equipment remains manageable.
‘Placing “backdoors” in any Huawei equipment supplied into the UK is not the lowest risk, easiest to perform or most effective means for the Chinese state to perform a major cyber attack on UK telecoms networks today.’
The NCSC did raise concerns about any single supplier of equipment being allowed to play a dominant role in the network.
The guidance issued by NCSC excludes ‘high-risk vendors’ such as Huawei from ‘core’ parts of the network, and sensitive locations including nuclear sites and military bases.
They will also be limited to a minority presence of no more than 35% in the periphery of the network, known as the access network, elements which connect devices and equipment to mobile phone masts.
The NCSC stressed that it was ‘important to avoid the situation in which the UK becomes nationally dependent on a particular supplier’.
It added: ‘Without government intervention, the NCSC considers there to be a realistic likelihood that due to commercial factors, the UK would become “nationally dependent” on Huawei within three years.’
National dependence on a high-risk vendor would present a ‘significant national security risk’, the NCSC said.
NCSC technical director Dr Ian Levy said Huawei had always been treated as a high-risk vendor and the authorities have ‘worked to limit their use in the UK’.
‘We’ve never ‘trusted’ Huawei and the artefacts you can see (like the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) and the oversight board reports) exist because we treat them differently to other vendors,’ he said.
‘We ask operators to use Huawei in a limited way so we can collectively manage the risk and NCSC put in place a wider mitigation strategy, of which HCSEC is the most visible part.’
Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC, said: ‘This package will ensure that the UK has a very strong, practical and technically sound framework for digital security in the years ahead.
‘The National Cyber Security Centre has issued advice to telecoms network operators to help with the industry roll-out of 5G and full-fibre networks in line with the Government’s objectives.
‘High-risk vendors have never been, and never will be, in our most sensitive networks.
‘Taken together these measures add up to a very strong framework for digital security.’
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