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Ok, so there is an 8.3% unemployment rate in the U.S right now and anything that can boost the99%’s chance of getting a better job with good enough compensation and benefits to make them happy citizens could be a lifesaver for many.
Standing out among thousands of other job applicants starts with the resume, which is exactly where we’re seeing a new wave of startups. The below startups are making it possible for anyone to create a beautiful interactive resume in minutes.
Re.vu lets you create an infographic resume from your LinkedIn account representing the story of your career, milestones, onlinepresenceand more. Once you create your resume, re.vu also tracks the traffic analytics for your resume. Check outBarack Obama’s example re.vu page or just click on any of there.vu resumes shared on Twitter. Re.vu seems to be self-funded right now, so check them outon AngelList.
With DoYouBuzz, you can make a professional and beautiful resume in minutes and share it everywhere, in every situation, on every device. The France-based team have tested the concept with over 300,000 users and data connections with main recruiting players in their home country according to their AngelList description. The team launched in France, US, and UK in 2007 and has 3 investors listed on their AngelList profile. You can check out some of the customized resumes people are making from Twitter.
Purzue is a flexible, dynamic, and multimedia resume builder. You can use pretty cool career-specific templates, which include a management resume, an arts and entertainment resume, a medical resume, and a service sector resume. Purzue also provides resume analytics and even has a video chat feature, where employers can request an interview and speak with you without ever leaving the resume page. Learn more about Purzue on their AngelList page.
Vizualize.me integrates with existing social networks to automatically transform your online profile into a beautiful inforgraphic. Vizualize.me had 200,000 pre-launch signups and 40,000 beta users before launching in September 2011. However, their traffic dropped significantly since the pre and post launch hype died down according to their Compete data. I must say, though, Vizualize.me resumes are really beautiful - check out some examples on Twitter. Vizualize.me participated in the Digital Media Zone startup incubator according to their AngelList profile.
WhileKinzaa doesn’t seem to have highly customizable templates, their one default infographic resume template looks very clean and beautiful. You can check out some examples on Twitter. Kinzaa launched in late 2011, and appears to be bootstrapped so far.
The ResumUp infographic resume includes a full psycho-social analysis based on your Facebook profile… Interesting, lol. Check out how extraverted, sensing, thinking, and judgmental some of the ResumUp Twitter users are. Not sure this is the best feature for a resume, but it’s definitely fun and is so generic, it doesn’t really give your employer too much insight about your wild Facebook profile.
Kareer.me let’s you add a personal video message as well as attachments to your online resume. You can also track when your resume was viewed. Check out this example Kareer resume to get the feel for it.
The Future Of Resumes
While it makes sense that the future of resumes is online, I’m not sure an infographic-like resume can be the new resume standard. Most companies with an online application today have a pretty standard form for applicants which doesn’t allow for much creativity. I also keep seeing the “Apply with Linkedin” button on job pages, which just means that LinkedIn will continue leading in the online resume space.
On the other extreme, there are job applicants who’ve come up with extremely creative ways to attract employee attention, which has worked. However, some of thesecreative job applications could be pretty pricey and risky for the average job seeker.
I could see a resume infographic from one of the startups above used as more of a professional About.me page or a landing page for a freelancer. It’s also not a bad idea to have one of these google optimized pages be the first thing that shows up for your name if an employer does decide to google your name after seeing a more standard resume.
Some innovative companies, like InterviewStreet and HireArt, don’t think resumes are in our future at all. Instead, they’re betting on employers evaluating candidates based on actual skill performance, not a superficial piece of paper.
What do you think is the future of resumes?