Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Web 2.0: 21st Century CV

As an academic, May is a very significant month. It signifies the end of classes, the beginning of summer recess (sounds good doesn't it), commencement (graduation for those outside the ivory tower) and job-hunting students. Yes students do eventually finish their degrees and seek gainful employment. One of my most rewarding tasks, as a faculty member, is to write letters of recommendation for my students and to help them fine-tune their resume or curriculum vitae. It's not uncommon now to fax or email a CV and cover letter to a prospective employer, but with students that are digital natives and living in a digital world, I'm surprised that CVs haven't gone Web 2.0. Here is a screen shot of Guy Kawasaki's VisualCV. VisualCV is a new service that enalbe users to create and share online resumes/CVs. It's really about time! Imagine the possibilities. You can point people to a living dynamic CV that is always up-to-date. You can embed pictures, video, links, writing samples ... just about anything - at least anything that's digital. So whether you're looking for a job yourself, helping your own child or helping a student - consider a VisualCV.

1 comment:

Dave Saunders said...

Guy's VisualCV is also a great example of what you can do with the service when you're not looking for employment. You can still put yourself "out there" and build a compelling bio to let the world know what you're up to.


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