Online résumés

If you’re looking for work in journalism, it helps to be able to showcase your skills. We’ve long advocated creating a multimedia portfolio online, usually on your own personal blog, to let potential employers see what you can do . But now there’s a new tool that makes this easy, and it’s free.

visualcvgelbVisualCV provides a simple template you can rearrange to your liking. You can embed online videos and link to story examples. You can share your CV widely or use privacy setting to restrict who can see it. And there’s a built-in “convert to PDF” function, so it’s easy to print out a good-looking copy. Cool.

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  1. Great post, Deborah. I think VisualCV is a great service in a time when more an more employers are demanding online access to the work of their applicants. This became evident to me when I applied for a position with the Lawrence (KS) Journal World. Access to an online resume is key for potential employers to quickly separate the wheat from chaff.

    One of the first things I did was to get more information up on my LinkedIn page so the profile page read like a résumé. I then included my LinkedIn URL underneath my address of my CV and resumé.

    As I began applying for more jobs, I began to discover that it is also very good to have a “scanable” résumé. In other words, it must be free of graphic elements and brought down to its simplest elements. Some employers electronically scan for key words that help them sift through candidates missing important elements to requirement for a specific job.

    Another benefit of having a scanable resume is the fact that it will upload easily to most employers’ websites. Companies like General Electric (NBC) and Disney (ABC), as well as CareerBuilder.com and InsideHigherEd.com require an upload that will be converted to a type of online résumé easily viewed by potential employers. If your résumé or CV is not correctly laid out, the information in it will be a mess when it’s translated and posted.

    I do keep some printed résumés handy in a folder when I go to meet an employer or when I travel. On the flight home from my last job interview a young woman sitting in front of me overheard me telling the man sitting next to me that I had been an operations manager and was laid off several months ago. She was very polite, letting me know she couldn’t help but overhear our conversation, and that she was a staff development trainer working for a company that was looking for an operations person. I reached in to my satchel and presented her with a manila folder that contained my CV. Even though I had pretty much nailed the job for which I had just interviewed, it was good to “Be Prepared” and present my work on something other than a napkin, which is not the way I would present myself.

    When the Lawrence Journal World called I still hadn’t finished compiling my video reel. I had some clips up on my Facebook page, but that’s not a professional presentation of my work. Had I known about VisualCV back then, I may have been enjoying KC barbecue now.

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  3. Another site that I saw was ResumeBucket.com

    Mashable did a write up on a handful of sites, and I found ResumeBucket the easiest and quickest to use.

    Just a tip.

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