I finally got down to making myself a visual CV at VisualCV.com. I have been reading about the buzz on visual CV’s and I think it’s about to gain momentum. The reason why I was putting it off was that I was quite happy with my LinkedIn profile and was focusing on building my professional network on that. But after taking a careful look at the concept I realized that it probably has a different purpose than LinkedIn and doesn’t really compete with your existing LinkedIn profile. In fact I think it probably complements it well. But I suspect more education is needed around visual CV’s and the differentiating factor over other professional social networking sites. For starters there is a lot of information on visualCV.com on what it’s all about and how one should go about creating a visual CV. It’s definitely a better way to represent and brand yourself with all the visual and multimedia capabilities it gives you. It probably makes total sense for consultants, entrepreneurs and top executives of marketing agencies who may have loads of video and audio to share from their previous speaking and consulting engagements. I guess if you have it, why not flaunt it and get some visibility for yourself. I like the fact that visualCV.com gives new users a free service of getting them started by doing the initial leg work for you. I think they are addressing the right barrier that one could have to build a visual CV. All you need to do is send in a copy of your existing CV and they will enter the preliminary details for you within 1 to 2 business days. You can then get started on editing and adding more information. In my instance it took me an hour to add in the other essential details like my profile image, blog images, my book, social networking tags and some membership badges. Of course all images being linked to appropriate URL’s. For individuals who use free blogging platforms and don’t have a home page I feel this is ideal staring point that can link you to all your internet assets. My vote is that if you don’t have a visual CV you need to evaluate this opportunity seriously. Other Social networking sites may pick up some of this functionality but at this point this is unique and fits in well with other social media components one must have in the web 2.0 era.

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