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November 2008
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You Are Invited to Job-Search Workshop
Filed under: Job Search, Employment, Resume
Posted by: site admin @ 11:40 am

If you are in the Connecticut area and actively job-seeking, join me as I facilitate a job-search workshop on
Thursday, November 20, at 10:00 a.m. at the Russell Library in Middletown, Connecticut. There’s no registration necessary and the workshop is free of charge, open to the public. We’ll cover the hot buttons: effective networking, strategies for a great resume, and key search techniques for the holiday season.

Here’s the link to the article about the workshop in the Hartford Courant:


– Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRW, President, Absolute Advantage

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VisualCV-A Different (Effective!) Internet Resume
Filed under: Resume
Posted by: site admin @ 10:43 am

Trends come and go in the resume world … but this is one to definitely check out. It’s called VisualCV — and that’s really what it is, a visual curriculum vitae (or resume) that prominently spotlights your achievements, background, predictors of success, brand, and testimonials on the Internet for prospective employers/hiring authorities/recruiters to see.

The VisualCV makes a traditional resume come alive with video, pictures, and a portfolio of your best work samples and other supporting documents. Informational pop-ups provide background data on the companies you’ve worked at and the colleges you’ve attended. You can securely share different versions with your own network of employers, colleagues and friends, and control who sees what.

In a practice that continues in some professions today, job candidates used to bring to a first interview a portfolio of compelling samples of their work, along with written references, college transcripts, and documents detailing things like personality tests, awards, and even salary details (e.g. a W-2 in the United States).

Employers typically screen candidates through phone and in-person first interviews. Often these interviews cover a standard set of questions, which today can easily be captured in a video or audio file housed on the Web.

VisualCV brings both the CV and the resume into the modern Web 2.0 world by transforming the way in which resume data is presented, accessed, and shared.

Furthermore, VisualCV cuts out time and expense for both candidates and employers by combining the resume, interview audio and video, and a digital career portfolio into a compelling package hosted on a single, easy-to-use Web page.

Simply put, the VisualCV is an Internet-based resume that allows
professionals to build and manage an online career portfolio that comes alive with informational keyword pop-ups, video, pictures, and social networking.

For the first time, the company that delivers VisualCV is hosting a series of seminars - free of charge - to show professionals how to create their own VisualCVs. It, of course, helps to have a super resume all-set-to-go before you try to build the visual version for the world to see on the Internet. But check out the nuts and bolts of what a VisualCV can do for you through http://www.visualcv.com/webinar. You’ll find details for registering for the Tuesday, November 18 (12 noon, Eastern), workshop at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/975698286.

– Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRW, President, Absolute Advantage

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