HowTo VisualCV #1: Getting Started

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!

Getting started

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.

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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:

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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.

2 thoughts on “HowTo VisualCV #1: Getting Started

  1. Hi Kristi – I love that you’re showcasing the future of resumes and job-searching. Especially in this economy, it’s so important that job seekers create an edge for themselves, and a great way to do that is with a multimedia resume. Going forward, as “green recruiting” becomes the standard, candidates will be increasingly judged by their Google footprint. I’m curious if you think virtual resumes and LinkedIn will be the resumes of the future, or if folks will still need paper resumes, as well? I work for a company that produces career management software, but we have a hard time believing paper resumes will disappear altogether. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    Kelly Giles
    Social Media Strategist
    OptimalResume.com

  2. Kelly: Thanks for your thoughts! I certainly think the trend is towards embracing e-resumes–they’re more dynamic, flexible and personal. All good things.

    That being said, I think it’s unlikely that all employers will accept any given platform any time in the near future. Traditional resumes have the advantage of being universally accepted, which makes them the most efficient and barrier-free method for both job seekers and employers. Any change in protocol that decreases the applicant pool comes at a fairly high cost.

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