Monday, February 23, 2009

Visual CV: A Review

The traditional CV does not say it all anymore. The world is a dynamic bouncing ball, where people keep taking swings in all directions; they fine new ways to connect every day. The exuberance and vibrancy of it all, doesn’t always fit under ‘work experience’. We have all been feeling that for a while, but it took the folks at VisualCV.com to do something about it. 

VisualCV.com uses Web 2.0 technologies to benefit employers and potential employees alike. When putting up a CV at the website, students and professionals have the option to include their blogs, projects, previous work, writing samples et al. The idea is to show skills to companies and organizations, not just tell them. The visual CV will, therefore, link to any work you’ve done, that is available on the web. YouTube or other multimedia widgets on your page can be used to make short presentations you might want to do for potential employers.

For the employers, on the other hand, it is all about saving time and being able to choose the best, when supply is aplenty and vacancies are limited. If they hover over a university name on a prospective employee’s page, Visual CV will instantly pull out information on the school and its standing according to Princeton Review, for instance. These kinds of features save employers precious time, and account for more sound decisions.

In a pre-dominantly employers' maarket, Visual CV is a hot tool. It offers extra-ordinary features and interface, among an ocean of a million job sites on the web. What’s more, you can link your CVs to social-networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.

Copyright (c) 2008 Saadia Malik

10 comments:

Abdul Sami said...

but would i want my blog to be on my cv... i donno... could be funny if u ask me... not that i hav anythin to hide on my blog !!!

then again mos employees these day do google the applicants anyways so might as well give them the information altogether than make em search for it !!!

Saadia said...

I don't think it is necessary to get your blog up there. Only if you want it there. And that is the case with people who do some serious blogging; the kinds of pages that can have some import for the employee.

Abdul Sami said...

see i work in R&D... and my blog says that i am a thinker... might just go in my advantage... lol...

Saadia said...

Then, you should link it!

Tazeen said...

that's pretty cool

Onkar said...

Very interesting and informative.

Sujoy Bhattacharjee said...

Well, with the current state of the world economy even a CV which projects holographic images of the candidates achievements in technicolour glory would not be enough.

Rather a small line saying "I will work for half the salary will do wonders"

I Me My said...

That's an amazing tool I've seen architecture majors use a lot on campus. But as Sujoy said, in the current state of being none of these tools appear to be effective!

Anand said...

Hmm makes sense to me.. Besides..that's innovative and worth a looksee.

This was informative.
Ill be back.

Anand. :-)

TomM said...

What concerns me, though, is what the folks at visual cv are doing with all my cv data. In the Privacy Policy the say that they "reserve the right to share Personal Identifiable Information with third-party sponsors" which sounds a bit dubious. I personally am too cautious for such a degree of online exposure. I mean even on Facebook you can decide what info to leave out or to fake. Would be pretty senseless for a cv. Nah, this service has far too much 1984 potential for me...

P.S. What really puts me off visual cv is that they haven't even an About Us page.