The visual CV platform arena is getting more competitive. After Vizualize.me generating CVs as infographics based on LinkedIn data, order two more platforms are currently offering the same features: CVgram.me and Zerply. CVgram imports data from LinkedIn and enables editing when to it comes to linking skills with particular jobs. Zerply, on the other hand, which positions itself as network whether user can connect, recommend or be recommended. focuses more on key elements of a cv – mainly experience, education and contact including social media presences. The platforms both provide sharing buttons, but similar their predecessor they do not provide any embedding codes making it difficult to have them freely shared.
What’s new in comparison to Visualize.me is that Twitter and Facebook logins are now available with data imports suggested from either LinkedIn or Facebook. While an interesting move, this bring to me more questions about the use of Facebook for professional purposed and raises concerns about the constantly blurring line between private and professional.
It’s been a couple of months since Vizualize.me announced its intentions to turn dry CVs into colorful, eye-catching infographics and launched its initial Twitter call to those curious to test their platform. Recently the Canadian based group made public its newest feature: LinkedIn integration.
With several visualizations to choose from and with an option to edit all the fields within a CV, Vizualize.me keeps their promise…and does it well. While for an academic where emphasis is put on teaching, research or consultancy outputs (or all) this might not yet be the ideal form, I can certainly see the benefits of such vizualizations for graduates and for those aiming to enter/change to the field of interactive/social media.
The experience and education fields are clearly separated but allow one to compare and observe the overlaps. (Perhaps, as a future option these two could be displayed on the vertical and on half, parallel screens rather than on the horizontal but I leave that to their designers). Skills and interests are also intelligently represented but I think the most value would come from integrating recommendations and languages into the picture in such a straightforward way that enables endorsements to stand out and projects the holder of the CV on the world map via his/her knowledge of foreign languages.
I am unsure whether this is a partnership between LinkedIn and Vizualize.me but I assume that some agreement was reached that enables the Toronto-based group to access the professional networking site data. Regardless of the deal, for those aiming to enter the job market as well as for those looking for a change at a time when competition is so stiff having a CV that stands out is crucial. Of course, this will be a USP as long as only few will be aware and will use Vizualize.me.
Until then though, there is a radical change in how professional information is displayed and gives it a playful yet intricate feel and depth. Users will certainly benefit from embedding and print functions but I am guessing that with time these will become available as well. It just makes me wonder though about how long will it take until Vizualize.me to move from a free model to a revenue based one – either freemium or change target group all together such as TokBox, JayCut and many other once free tools on the web have done.
Behind the beauty of visualizing data of many kinds lie many questions related to how we currently engage with and relate to data, about how we project ourselves in an inter-connected world and how companies survive in this business environment. Plenty to ponder about. Until then….