Hot Job Site: VisualCV
I came across VisualCV a few years ago and was mildly impressed. It looked like a resume on steroids. I wasn't sure where this site really fit in, but over the years I've figured it out. It simply complements your online strategy. VisualCV doesn't take away from a traditional resume, or an online resume. Nor does it have any impact on the value you get out of LinkedIn, which is the 800-pound gorilla in the online professional networking space.
VisualCV provides a very nice online portfolio. The site's founders have done it since day one and they do it very well. That's why they are my pick for the site of the week.
About the site: A CV (curriculum vitae) is what many people outside of the United States call a resume. I don't consider what you get from VisualCV a "resume," I consider it a rich online portfolio. VisualCV allows you to have considerable control over the formatting of the presentation: You can change colors and add video, pictures and downloads. Check out VisualCV examples for an idea.
About the founders: Clint Heiden and Phillip Merrick co-founded VisualCV based on their frustration with resumes. They had both come out of successful technology companies (read about it on their VisualCV profiles -- Clint | Phillip). They were frustrated with the hiring process, both as candidates and as employers. "Scanning through resumes really doesn't do justice to the candidate and they all seem to blur together," Merrick said.
Why you should visit: Because this is something you do once and then can walk away from. It's not something that requires you to come back and tweak or feed or nurture. Spend a few hours, get your VisualCV looking good, and then just refer people to it. It doesn't take anything away from your emurse resume, or networking on LinkedIn. Visually, it is richer than both of tools. Check out the examples page to get some ideas for your own profile and then carve out a few hours to get it done.
What I like most about it: It is simple and looks really good. They aren't arguing that the traditional resume is dead; but they are effectively saying we can, and perhaps should, have a better presence. They've made it really simple to achieve that. I also like that this is not just for job seekers -- it's a great way to communicate the value-add a company's team brings to the table.
What they like most about it: Merrick says, "We are able to help hundreds of thousands of people stand out professionally. Using VisualCV, is it possible to not just tell someone what makes you a great candidate for a position, but actually show them. Client presentations, marketing collateral... you can show examples of presentations, PDFs, etc. We let our members really show off what they've done and what they are capable of doing in a powerful, engaging, multimedia way. Primarily we are letting people show rather than tell, and that's very powerful."
How do they make money: They have two main money-making strategies. One is the freemium model (free for most features, upgrade for some bells and whistles) relying on users to upgrade. The other is licensing it to organizations, such as recruiting and outplacement firms. The site has different user accounts (free vs. upgrade). Annual upgrades are about $60 per year.
You can follow VisualCV on Twitter.
Jason Alba loves career management, only because when he got canned he had done nothing to prepare for it. Now he runs JibberJobber.com, a website that helps job seekers organize their job search online. He also authored the book I'm on LinkedIn -- Now What??? Follow Jason on Twitter: @jasonalba
Jason also created a popular LinkedIn DVD titled LinkedIn for Job Seekers, speaks regularly, and is working on his third book titled Eight Lunches (a book for entrepreneurs).
You can follow Jason on Twitter: @JasonAlba.