Ah, it feels good to be back. After a little more than two months without blogging due to personal reasons I have found the motivation again. Now, you may wonder what personal reasons could keep one away from blogging for more than two months? Believe me, you don’t want to know. It wasn’t pretty…
Along with the personal reasons I also had a move to organize, and not just any move. I left the US after five years and I am now back in Stockholm, Sweden, and I am getting ready to start looking for a job. All of you that have been following my efforts to find a job a job in the US could expect to see something from me soon again. However, my old efforts, like that Facebook page, are still up and running, but I feel I want something that is more geared towards the Swedish market. I just have to figure out exactly what I will be doing and how I will be doing it. The brain is working hard though.
This leads me into today’s blog topic. I think it is safe to assume that we have all, at least once, sat down and tried to write a resume. You know it is not the easiest thing. You want to make sure you use the right words, and that you don’t leave anything out, or maybe even make sure to leave certain things out. And all of your past experiences should preferably fit on one single page.
Well, I just came across a new app called Vizualize.me that will turn your LinkedIn profile into a cool looking infographic. In other words, no need to struggle with trying to put together the perfect resume. Instead, you just update your LinkedIn profile, and then this app will pull all your career information from your profile and create a clean graphical representation of your skills, work history, and even your connections.
To get the data from text to a nice graphic, Vizualize.me crawls your positions held, education, skills, recommendations and number of connections from your profile, assuming that all data has been entered already, and entered correctly. Then, attributes such as skills are weighted by the level of expertise you’ve attained and how many years you’ve been using it.
Obviously I have saved the best for last. The infographic-like resumes are customizable too! While Vizualize.me is in beta (which it will be soon), users will be able to choose from a variety of different themes and templates, which will be both free and premium. Eventually the plan is to let users specify their own colors and typefaces as well.
Interested to see how it would look? Well, here is Ashton Kutcher’s Vizualize.me:
Vizualize.me will be available as a public beta August 1, 2011, but you can get early access by signing up. You can do so here.