Last week I was contacted about participating in a beta program for Vizualize.me a new LinkedIn app that turns your data into an attractive looking infographic resume.
Basically with one click Vizualize.me imports your data from LinkedIn and formats it in a clean, crisp, and easy to read visual resume. Since words don’t do justice to a product based on visualization, I decided to put together a quick screen cast for you, going over the platform and discussing its early pros and cons.
This is a duh, but it’s nice to be able to just glance over a a well designed infographic instead of reading and skipping through the details of a resume. If you are just curious to learn more about a person or go through a lot of resumes, this could be a preferred way to go.
2. No Download Required
Sometimes I just want to browse. I want to take a peek at your Facebook page, scan your blog, or scroll through your pictures. (I swear I’m not a stalker.) Why not do the same with your resume? Browsing through a resume is boring, but browsing through an infographic is interesting.
3. It’s Easy
The whole process takes literally 5 minutes, so even if Vizualize.me never returns any benefit back to you, it’s not like you invested a ton of time. If you’re like me, sometimes it’s just fun to play with new web apps. Why not?
4. Professional Branding
If you have a website, chances are you’ve made it eye-catching and pretty. You want people to come to the site and eventually hire you either full time, or come on as a new client. In your “About Me” section, wouldn’t it be nice to send them to your Vizualize.me instead of your text block profile on LinkedIn? I probably would.
1. Employers Still Want Traditional Resumes
An infographic version of your resume sure looks sparkly, but it takes away some features headhunters and recruiters are used to and won’t want to give up. How can they scan a web page for keywords to quickly find out if it is even worth reading your resume? What about taking notes or physically sorting resumes? Chances are your Vizualize.me profile will be a compliment rather than a replacement for your resume.
2. Lack of Customization
The best part of creative infographics is their uniqueness and ability to layout and display in whatever fashion they choose. Right now in it’s beta form, Vizualize.me gives you a few themes and options for changing color, font, etc, but no way to import or create your own themes or graphics.
Granted this is still in beta, so it’s very possible that more themes and customizations are on the way.
The number one time you use your resume is when you are looking for a job. You go to a company’s career page and one of the first things they ask you to do is to upload your resume. You can’t upload a web page, and it doesn’t make sense to tell them to go to your Vizualize.me after the fact.
Any job leads you get from this will have to come from those actively seeking candidates and less likely the other way around. Like I said earlier, it doesn’t mean your Visualize.me profile wouldn’t be a good fit on a spot like your “About Me” or your social media pages.
In closing, for now I see Visualize.me as more of a fun tool to try and use in a few targeted places, but don’t expect it to get you a job at Apple tomorrow.
I’m definitely interested to see where it goes in the future when it is finished. Who knows, the resume has been around for quite a while. Maybe it is time we made some upgrades to the old format.
What do you think? Do you see yourself using Vizualize.me? Any creative uses I might have missed?