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VisualCV offers you a service which provides an internet-based CV. The CVs produced are impressive to look at as they include some excellent additional features such as the ability to include pictures and graphs. This really adds an extra quality to a CV, not only visually but also in the sorts of information you are able to quickly portray. Rather than simply listing all of the positive impacts you’ve made in previous jobs, you could put them into a chart to show, at a glance, how your efforts have improved companies elsewhere. You might also include additional information in pop up notes, which would be seen when an employer hovers over a particular element of your CV, which is great if you want to add extra detail without making your CV look cluttered.
In particular this service would be useful if you want to give a good impression of the sort of person you are and how creative you can be. You are able to utilise VisualCV’s various features to develop a brand or to create a general impression of your work ethos. What’s more, it’s free to sign up and create a CV!
The system is very easy to use as you can often just drag and drop information into the CV template. This is great as it means you don’t have to worry about typing things up. You can also take information from your LinkedIn profile to achieve this. The CVs are well organised too, and allow you to upload documents for employers to view in their own time. You can even add links to videos or audio tracks, so that you can demonstrate your ability to sell, or just talk passionately about a particular issue.
Of course not all companies are willing to look at an online CV, and this could be an issue. Also, this sort of service might not be useful to every industry. You’re unlikely to need a high tech online CV if you’re applying for basic office work or as a position in a shop or restaurant, for example. It would probably work best for people in creative careers, such as designers or writers, who want to be able to share elements of their projects and to project a certain image to employers.
The services also do not include CV writing, so if you feel that your CV might need some work from a professional writer then we’d recommend looking into one of the other sites reviewed in our CV Writing Services category. VisualCV.com does recommend a few CV writing websites, however.
In terms of customer service, inquiries can be sent to various contacts including technical support, site feedback, media inquiries, partner inquiries and report abuse. This makes feedback specialised, which can only be a good thing, and makes sure your enquiry reaches the intended department. You can also mail the corporate headquarters, if you prefer. Meanwhile the various video tutorials are a great idea for showing you how to use the site and the various features of the service. We would, however, like to see a more extensive FAQ and a live chat option so that users can receive more immediate help.
VisualCV.com might not be for everyone but it’s a free service that offers electronic CVs with a bit of a difference. Definitely worth a visit, even if it’s only used to supplement your hard-copy, professionally-written CV.
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