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As a web worker, you likely gave up sending out paper resumes long ago. But is the online profile that you show prospective employers anything more than a marked-up copy of that old version? If so, VisualCV wants to help you bring that hoary old document […]

ScreenshotAs a web worker, you likely gave up sending out paper resumes long ago. But is the online profile that you show prospective employers anything more than a marked-up copy of that old version? If so, VisualCV wants to help you bring that hoary old document into the web age. After a free registration, you can create your VisualCV, you end up in the company’s browser-based editor. Here you can add and edit typical sections like “Objective”, “Work History”, and “Education” to your CV.

But things don’t stop there. What makes VisualCV stand out is the variety of content that you can add to areas like the Portfolio sidebar. Web sites you’re proud of creating? Put up screenshots. Video or audio recordings to show off your people skills? Put those in too. The end result is somewhere between a traditional resume and a single-page portfolio web site. VisualCV also offers you control over who can see your work, and lets you create multiple versions to put forth a different persona to different readers. Best of all, it’s all free.

By Mike Gunderloy

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  1. Been using it for a bit, and the potential is great. I would just love a way to sync certain data with LinkedIn.

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  2. Decided to experiment with this one as LinkedIn lacks some things I’d like to include in my resume.

    Currently between jobs, so I probably don’t have to wait long for some results.

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  3. The WWD product reviews are great and very helpful. I’ve tried many of the resources reviewed here and still use some today.

    I do however, have a problem with the use of “best of all, it’s free”.

    If the fact that a product is free is the best thing about it, chances are it’s not that great. Products need to be useful first. If your business model allows then sure, give it away for free but generally speaking, people will be willing to pay for something if it is truly useful. The fact that something costs money often means you’ll get more value because your hard currency pays for improved service and customer support.

    Is ‘free’ really the best thing about your product?

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  4. Elliot, I take your point. In fact, although we do try to mention pricing in every review (because that’s an important point for many users), my wording on this one was definitely unfortunate. The VisualCV service has a lot to recommend it besides price – I’m currently moving my own CV to it as part of fine-tuning my online branding.

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  5. I use and really like the service, and I take the “best of all, it’s free” comment to be more about the quality of the service for no cost to the end-user, than an implication that’s all they have going for them. I saw another rather hideous online resume service the other day that was asking $20 a month or something, and the output didn’t hold a candle to what VisualCV provides. I really like the service – I just wish more employers and recruiters would “get it.” In an environment where people mostly power-browse and quickly scan and move on, I would think this visual cv format would be better than downloading an attachment, opening it and viewing it, just to make sure a candidate is even remotely appropriate.

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  6. Mike,

    Many great applicants are never getting the all important first interview because of weak resume. A good example of this would be recent university graduates that don’t have a lot of work experience. Companies and recruiters are now starting to use Video Screening Technology in order to give applicants a chance to showcase their talents.

    Liam O’Leary, B.Sc.
    Director of Corporate Development, Interactive Applicant
    Interactiveapplicant.com

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