VisualCV.com is a Web 2.0 site that allows users to maintain their career portfolio and network with colleagues and potential employers. More than just an online job board, they have developed a new way of presenting the user’s resume, with the ability to use images, charts and graphs, videos and other web elements. Users have complete control over who has access to the information in their VisualCV. The site offers a WYSIWYG interface for producing the user’s VisualCV. Users can drag and drop category elements onto the pages of their VisualCV. These categories include Portfolio, Objective, Work History, Education, Summary, Skills, Interests, Certifications, Clearances and Custom (user’s can create their own category).
The result is a very professional-looking resume that provides employers with more information than a traditional resume in an easy to access format. The VisaulCV can also be viewed and printed in PDF form. Job seekers can search a database of open positions, and submit their VisualCVs to potential employers. Jobs can be searched by employer, title, location or description. Potential employers can also search a database of job seekers and view their VisualCVs. The site is free to job seekers – employers pay the site only when they fill a position through the site. There is also a section of the site for students and alumni to share information based on the university they attended.
Reston, VA. based VisualCV.com was founded in December 2006 by Phillip Merrick and Clint Heiden. Phillip Merrick currently serves as Chairman and Jeff Hunter serves as CEO. The site has undergone steady growth, and currently serves tens of thousands of monthly visitors. VisualCV has received funding of $2 million from the iNovia Capital venture capital firm.
VisualCV has plenty of competition from sites like Monster, Craigslist, CareerBuilder and Jobfox. The major difference between VisualCV and these sites is the unique way that a user’s resume is presented and the level of control a user has over who has access to their information. While most of these competing sites have more users than VisualCV, there tends to a higher percentage of professional job seekers and job openings on VisualCV than on the competing sites.
VisualCV has a clean, uncluttered look. There is no advertising displayed on the site, and navigation is relatively straightforward. This is a large site with lots of sections, so there is a minor learning curve involved in getting used to the site. The site is very responsive and page loads happen quickly. The VisualCV editor is also responsive, but the user interface requires some time to learn to use. Searches of the job seeker or employer databases return results quickly, usually in a matter of a few seconds.
Registration at VisualCV is free for job seekers. The registration process asks for first and last name, email address, username and password. Validation of the email address is required. Users are then prompted to start entering their education, work history, experience, etc., but can postpone any of these items to a later time. Once logged into their account, users can use the VisualCV editor to fine-tune their VisualCV, as well as manage their communications with employers and colleagues.
Registration for employers at VisualCV is free for a basic account. The basic account only allows the company to post their own VisualCV in the publicly visible employer database and employer directory. Companies are required to give detailed information about their location, business and contact information. In order to view and search job candidates, post openings and use other advanced features of the site, employers must sign up for a Career Connection Account. Registration for the Career Connection Account is free, but the employer agrees to pay a fee when they fill a position. The fees range from $500 for a job with a salary of less than $50,000 per year, to $5,000 for a job with a salary over $200,000 per year.
VisualCV is recommended to job seekers who want to use an enhanced method to present their resumes online. The site has a dedicated base of employers who use the site to search for potential employees, so job seekers have a good chance of locating a position using the site. In addition, they can refer prospective employers that they have turned up on their own to view their VisualCV, which gives a much better overall impression than a standard resume. VisualCV is also recommended to employers searching for quality employees. The fees are quite reasonable when compared to job placement agencies, and are competitive with other online sites.