This post kicks off a series on how to use VisualCV, a great option for people who want to expand their professional profile online. Wanna be sure to catch the next round? Subscribe, and get Career Adventure goodness in your feed reader OR your inbox.
I’ve used LinkedIn fairly extensively (you can check out my series on LinkedIn 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), but I’m relatively new to VisualCV. To say that VisualCV builds online resumes is too simplistic — with the option to include multimedia & documents, its capabilities are much richer. Interested in learning how you can use VisualCV to enhance your online brand? Stick around.
This post is absolutely nuts and bolts. If you’re a little tech savvy, get started and we’ll catch up on the next post. If you’d like the step-by-step, read on!
Create an account now. Provide just a few bits of information, complete an email validation, and you’re on your way.
Next, you’ll set up your first VisualCV.
The options here allow you to select the major headings you’d like to include, as well as a name you’ll use to identify the VisualCV for yourself (you can manage more than one under one account.) Don’t worry about the headings now. Check the boxes that seem to make sense for you. You can change these later.
Build in your background
A great new addition to the site is on the right in the graphic above — to build your VisualCV from your LinkedIn profile. This is a great shortcut to populate your major work experience and skip straight to the fun stuff.
If you have to key it in manually, after you create your CV you’ll see a shell of a VisualCV with the major headings that you selected. By choosing to add a Work History entry, you’ll see an entry form like this:
Nothing different than what you might see in any job board, LinkedIn or anything similar. This work is tedious, but it’s the backbone of your VisualCV. Take some time to enter your background in the appropriate headings.
Some best practices:
- As with LinkedIn, this is not the place to paste your entire resume. Include highlights and accomplishments. Skip the nitty gritty.
- Focus on keywords. Think about what you want the VisualCV to accomplish. If it’s a new job, target the content as though you’re applying to your dream position.
- Keep your job search mission statement in mind. What kind of companies do you want to attract? What will appeal to them?
In the next post, we’ll talk about how to start implementing your personal brand on top of your basic information.
Got a VisualCV? I’d love to see! Share in the comments.