Monday, June 02, 2008

Taking a look at VisualCV

Last week I spoke with a rep over at VisualCV. She had been nice enough to put together an employer site for me, so we chatted about the site's capabilities as well as some other details about the company.

What is VisualCV? As you would suspect from the name, the site offers job seekers the ability to create a visually appealing version of their resume/CV.

Here's an example of what a job seeker's VisualCV might look like. As you'll see, users have the option to add pictures, videos, and files, and I can tell you from playing on the employer side of things, it's a simple point-and-click affair.

The website has been open since February and according to the rep already has around 10,000 resumes and profiles of about 350 employers. The fact that the service is free (for now) should help raise those numbers.

In terms of search capability, right now you can only search for people by name. So this would be handy if you already knew someone had a VisualCV, but not much help if you're trying to generate names. The plan is to expand search capability in the coming months.

In terms of contacting individuals, there is no charge for doing so (a big difference from other databases like LinkedIn) unless you were doing something like an e-mail blast.

All in all, definitely worth checking out. And if you'd like to read more, I'm certainly not the first to post about 'em. For more information, check out Joel's and Amybeth's posts.

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