Visual Resumes – Do You Have Yours?

The job hunting world is continually changing, driven primarily by advancements in technology and leveraging the Internet. We’ve seen the world of snail mail and “pounding the pavement” replaced by emails, job boards and hundreds of job posting sites. One of the more recent additions to the job search world is the introduction of “visual resumes”. This relatively new twist on job search is still in it’s infancy and it’s not clear yet how popular this trend will become, but time will tell.

So what is a visual resume? It is an online professional marketing brochure or “personal web-based brand”. Rather than sending your Word or text resume to potential employers, you would direct them to your web-based resume. This is a new wild card and those who are creative are likely to create the most “eye catching” resumes. For those who are ready to give this a try, there are a few of options available. Today’s post will review some visual resume sites and resources.

  • More Résumés Going Virtual – This article, from the NY Times Shifting Careers column, briefly covers the topic and a personal view of Visualcv (see next bullet).
  • VisualCV – We can’t cover this topic without reviewing VisualcCV.com which, as best I can tell, is the best known visual resume site. The site offers a tour as well as examples. The tour gives an overview of how to create your visual resume and what is generally included. You can embed almost any type of media as well as hyperlinks to your personal website or social site profile (like LinkedIn). The service is free. It is worth looking at the examples before creating your own visual resume as they will give you some ideas as to what might work best for you.
  • NavAgility – This site helps you create a social timeline which, in today’s example, would be a resume timeline. The site provides background on “What’s in it for me” and “How does it Work” as well as providing an example of a CareerPath Timeline (resume timeline). The look and feel of NavAgility’s CareerPath Timeline is more graphical and less of an online marketing brochure. Using the example provided, you view a career timeline and can click through the details to see additional information. It’s an interesting format, although my personal preference is the format used by VisualCV.
  • Visual Resume – This site was created on Ning.com and provides an alternative way to create a visual resume. Basically, you create a visual resume using slideshare.net and use this site to embed your virtual resume. Since Ning.com enables the creation of your own social network, my assumption is that this site will become a repository for visual resumes and another visual resume alternative.

In my opinion, VisualCV has the edge (by a long shot) on visual resumes. There do not seem to be too many alternatives (at least I could not find many) and the format and tools in VisualCV are superior to the other options.

Good luck in your search.

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