When you discover that VisualCV (www.visualcv.com) lets you add video to your work history, you might not be excited at first. But on this site, video is just one of many ways to enhance (not replace) your traditional, text-based document. VisualCV offers a quick, easy, and free way to create an elegantly concise web-based resume that you can enrich not only with video but also with photos, audio, work samples, charts, graphs, presentations, letters of recommendation, award certificates, white papers, articles by or about you, and other pieces from your portfolio. VisualCV lets you create the text part of your resume by cutting and pasting from Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, or plain text. If you're already employed, VisualCV also gives you an easy, ongoing way to store, track, and organize your best work.
44 InformationToday November 2008 www.infotoday.com www.infotoday.com/linkup VisualCV also makes it easy This Site May Move Your Resume to share different versions of your to the Top of the Virtual Stack Edited by by THOMAS PACK | that if they accept multimedia from content/article/2008/02/10/AR20080 Loraine Page resume with the masses, they could face charges 21002134.html). T he multimedia resume still of gender, race, or age discrimination When you sign up on VisualCV, different employers. hasn’t quite caught on. Of from people they don’t hire. A survey the site asks a few questions and course, online resumes that this year by the staffing agency then, based on your answers, creates include video offer obvious benefits Robert Half International found that the beginnings of two resumes: a for motivational speakers, train- only 24% of the nation’s 1,000 largest public one and a private one. The ers, models, actors, and others who companies accept video resumes. URL for your public one will look like want potential employers to see So when you discover that Visual- this: www.visualcv.com/LoginName. their performances. CV (www.visualcv.com) lets you add VisualCV.com lets you change But some job seekers shouldn’t video to your work history, you your privacy settings any time. The let employers see them in action. might not be excited at first. But on options include the following: Consider Yale University student this site, video is just one of many • Members: All members can Link-Up Digital Aleksey Vayner’s infamous “Impos- sible Is Nothing” video resume. Many ways to enhance (not replace) your traditional, text-based document. view your resume after they is a semimonthly viewers found it unintentionally hi- VisualCV offers a quick, easy, and log in to VisualCV. larious, and it became an internet free way to create an elegantly con- • Internet: Anyone with an updated, web-only phenomenon because Vayner gives cise web-based resume that you can internet connection can view a rambling discourse on how to enrich not only with video but also your resume. section featuring achieve goals, intercut with scenes with photos, audio, work samples, • Private: No one can view your articles, reviews, of him bench-pressing weights, play- charts, graphs, presentations, let- ing tennis, ballroom dancing, and ters of recommendation, award cer- resume unless you explicitly and more for savvy karate-chopping bricks (http://en tificates, white papers, articles by or share it. .wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_is_ about you, and other pieces from • Offline: No one can view your users and producers Nothing_[video_résumé]). your portfolio. resume until you put it back of electronic But even if you make a good video VisualCV also makes it easy to online. This setting is useful resume, some companies won’t look share different versions of your re- while you’re editing. information products at it. Human resource managers sume with different employers. And don’t want to spend hours watching anyone who looks at your qualifica- The members and internet set- and services. videos when they can spend min- tions can quickly get a detailed picture tings apply only to your public re- utes glancing at text. And they worry of your experience because pop-ups sume. Why would you want public provide information on the colleges and private versions? Because they Visit Link-Up you’ve attended and the companies allow you to keep contact info, salary you’ve worked for. history, and other personal details Digital: private until you’re ready to share them with a specific employer. www.infotoday Getting Started You can ev
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