July 1, 2009
The job search has been on the internet for a while, and there are many job searching networks available, but there is one that seems to stand out from them all. Visual CV is the online social network that is designed for those of you who finished your college education and are looking for a good job. Visual CV basically provides you with a free service that can also allow you to import your Linkedin profile, if you have a Linkedin account.
Signing up on Visual CV is very easy and user friendly. All you need to do is to type in your first name, then your last name, and your email address. After you type in your email address, you will be prompted to confirm your email address and then you must type in and confirm a password, which must be a minimum of eight characters. After your password, you must type a series of letters and numbers that appear in a graphic above. That’s it, then you are in. You will not be able to log into your account until you get your confirmation email. That email usually comes in seconds after you have successfully signed up for Visual CV. When you get the email, all you need to do is to click on the hyperlink in your email that tells you to confirm your email and it will directly open up Visual CV’s website and walk you through establishing your account.
Once you are in your account, you can set things up with relative ease. After you have edited your Visual CV profile, you will see a bar graph that tells you how much of your profile is complete. You will see after you have finished your initial profile, you will see the bar graph will tell you that your profile is 30% complete. On your account, you will see that you have two options: 1) the option to share your profile with others, and 2) the option to edit your profile. If you are not finished with your profile, you can go to the edit option and you can do all kinds of things to create that killer resume or curriculum vitae that will land you with that good paying job. You can upload your personal image by clicking on the square at the top right hand corner of the website. You can also add a summary, edit your work history, and your educational history.
The parts of your online Visual CV resume are known as columns and the above mentioned material is in your main column. At the top of the website, you will see a toolbar that has all kinds of options for columns that you can add. Suppose you want to add your interests or skills as a column to your resume. For your interests, you click on the interests button on the toolbar. You will see at the bottom of the group of columns an interest column that you can edit. All you need to do is to click on the edit hyperlink and a text box will appear on that column. All you need to do is to type in all your interests and then hit save button and that’s it. What you wrote will be saved and you or anyone else who views your profile will see it when they see your profile. Visual CV offers even more options that cannot all be covered in this article.
If you choose to share your profile with someone you know or a potential employer, you can click on the share hyperlink and you will be prompted to add emails of people, with whom you want to share with. You have the option to choose your contacts from either your Linkedin account or from your email’s address book. You can click on either one of these options. You can even change your privacy status and promote yourself with Visual CV.
Visual CV was founded in 2008 and is based in Reston, Virginia and employs 20 people. Visual CV has three people on its management team and they are Phillip Merrick, who is one of the two cofounders of the company and also serves Visual CV as the company chairman. The second cofounder is Clint Heiden, who also serves as the company’s CEO. The third member on the management team is Douglas Meadows, who is the vice president and the general manager of operations.
Philip Merrick is a seasoned entrepreneur, who also founded Bibury Partners, where he still works as a managing partner of the firm. Bibury Partners is an early stage technology advisory and investment firm. Mr. Merrick also was a cofounder of webMethods, Inc, which he founded together with his wife in 1996. webMethods is a company that became a leader in business integration software.
Clint Heiden is the second cofounder and before founding Visual CV, he was the CEO of the Heiden Group, which is a recruiting firm for venture backed companies in the tech industry. The Heiden Group also builds sales and marketing teams up from scratch for these companies so the sponsored companies can have an effective marketing strategy to sell their products. Mr. Heiden also has over 17 years of experience in the executive field that includes P&L, Finance, sales, marketing, and business development.
The two major investors of Visual CV are Valhalla Partners and Heidrick & Struggles, which invested an undisclosed amount in series A funding in November of 2007.
Valhalla Partners is a vc firm that invests in companies in the IT industry. Valhalla is an amazing vc firm that is able to generate a large amount of capital and a track record to prove it. Over 20 years ago, Valhalla Partners had about $3 billion to about $240 billion in capital under its management today. Some other companies in Valhalla’s portfolio include Advertising.com, Avail, B2B Markets, Enterprise DB, Exelon, and others.
Visual CV does have a few competitors and one of its more noteworthy competitors is ResumeBear, which is a privately owned corporation that employs 12 people. ResumeBear was founded in 2008 and is based in Solana Beach, California. ResumeBear has four people on its management team and two people on its board of directors.
For more information about Visual CV, click here.