A new year ushers in new beginnings and second chances — and this coming year, both will be true for one professional networking website.
Users of VisualCV
received an early Christmas present Dec. 23: The online resume company is no longer closing up shop on Dec. 30.
According to an email sent to users, VisualCV.com has been acquired by Talent Technology
, which specializes in software that helps employers "track" potential talent. The company plans to continue operating VisualCV.com.
VisualCV member data will no longer go the way of the dinosaurs by the end of the year, and the premium member support program will be phased out, meaning that all members will have free access to all VisualCV features, including resources at the VisualCV Learning Center.
Now that VisualCV.com users no longer have to shop for alternatives
, what can they do to make the most of this early holiday gift?
Take advantage of VisualCV's new lease on life.
If you haven't tried to make the most of VisualCV's features
, make a New Year's resolution to take another look.
VisualCV most notably allows users to showcase videos, audio clips, photos, and documents, either as sidebars or main resume content. This is quite the ideal list of resume capabilities for people who work in design or video production, not to mention a chance for professionals in less "visual" careers (such as finance) to up the creative ante and get their resumes noticed.
Should you ditch LinkedIn for VisualCV?
Definitely not. In fact, VisualCV sees LinkedIn not as a cutthroat competitor, but the spaghetti to its meatballs
. Your LinkedIn profile is a great place to include a link to your VisualCV, and vice versa.
Talent Technology is hinting at the addition of more free features for VisualCV users in the future, so let's hope 2012 is a good year for the resurrected resume site. In the meantime, enjoy the site's new beginning!