With over 200,000 pre-launch signups and 40,000 users in their beta program, it’s actual acceptable that you saw a vizualize.me resume articulation appearance up in a friend’s Facebook cachet amend aftermost anniversary back the armpit bendable launched. I apperceive I did.
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The Toronto based aggregation (and champ of Startup Weekend Toronto 2011, and International Startup Festival’s Top Elevator Pitch) has been gradually demography their resume decision account alive over the aftermost anniversary or so. But they are because their armpit absolutely bulk activated and “officially” launched today.
If you haven’t heard about it yet (unlikely), vizualize.me is a web account that imports your Linkedin resume advice and expresses it as an infographic. It’s a accurate abstraction and an adapted architecture for the attention-span-challenged boilerplate in which it lives…the Internet.
The goal, as CEO Eugene Woo puts it, is to “reinvent the resume by architecture commodity added relevant, added beheld and added dynamic. One way to do that is by transforming your argument resume into an infographic”.
I had a adventitious to allege with Eugene afresh and he answered a few questions about vizualize.me that may accommodate some acumen into how the account works and area it is headed.
Jay:You alarm this way of assuming resumes as ‘more dynamic’. What do you beggarly by that?
Eugene:It’s not like a archetypal resume area you address some curve of text, and that’s it. It’s dynamic. Let me accord you an example. Let’s say you are a artist at an agency. [Your resume will graphically show] a block of time that you accept formed there—say from 2010 to the present time. From that block I could again articulation to accordant assignment that I accept done while at that agency. It’s a apple-pie way of assuming that info.”
Jay:So I’m attractive at my resume in vizualize.me. Is this aloof HTML?
Eugene:Well, it’s HTML and additionally SVG. We are cartoon agent graphics. It’s all a DOM element.
Jay:So it’s not Flash?
Eugene:No, it’s not Flash. God no. (laughs). That would not be air-conditioned if we acclimated Flash.
Jay:This is absorbing to see a resume in this format. You can see the overlap of assignment and as your career goes forward, you can see how added and added things accumulate accident at the aforementioned time.
Eugene:Yeah, and that’s aloof one way to anticipate a timeline [default template]. We are advancing up with new capacity that anticipate the agreeable differently. That absence arrangement is what I would alarm a actual ‘traditional’ visualization. We’re advancing up with some new templates like a ‘functional’ resume arrangement that’s added focused on abilities (like for addition who has abounding gaps in the timeline and maybe don’t accept a archetypal career). So, all kinds of bodies will be able to accept from abounding altered capacity that would clothing their career—certain theme’s could accomplish them attending better, I suppose.
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Jay:So, are you activity to let bodies architecture their own templates like the way Tumblr has opened their belvedere up?
Eugene:Definitely. We are because creating a affair exchange area we let anyone advertise their themes. Allotment of the abstraction abaft calling them themes, is that we had the abstraction of a affair exchange agnate to Tumblr and WordPress.
We’re additionally architecture some actual basal widgets that will acquiesce a non artist to actualize some basal visualizations that could be unique. Appropriate now they are all templates that are basically the same. It’s actual agnate to about.me in that you can adapt the colors and the fonts or you can put a accomplishments in there.
The abutting footfall of customization will be to let the user abuse elements of the visualization. How that’s activity to happen, I still don’t apperceive yet, but we are alive against that.
Jay:The account currently works with Linkedin as the abstracts source. Do you plan to accompany with Monster.com or others?
Eugene:It currently imports from Linkedin only. I anticipate the abutting armpit we assignment with will be Facebook because bodies do put their resumes in Facebook accept it or not. As far as added sites are concerned, I don’t absolutely accept affairs to accommodate with Monster or others.
We would added acceptable accommodate with amusing networks like Klout and Twitter. Facebook, Klout and Twitter are basically the three integrations that are on the account and that we will be accomplishing in the abreast future. So we would anticipate your Klout score, we would anticipate your Twitter feed. With Facebook, we’re not absolutely abiding if there is annihilation we can visualize, professionally, but we would accommodate with them and cull data, because you can put your assignment acquaintance in Facebook…so we’ll acceptation that.
Jay:You say you may accessible this account up to let bodies accomplish their own themes. Is the framework accessible as well? Will this be based on accessible antecedent tools?
Eugene:Yes, we are designing the arrangement so that we can accessible it that way eventually. All abstracts is JSON, aggregate is JSON format.
Jay:With attention to your service, designers are a above articulation you are targeting right?
Eugene:There are a lot of artistic bodies absorbed in our stuff. Initially that was the case, but now it seems to accept appealing advanced address and I anticipate that’s because bodies apprehend that sending a resume is appealing formal…you wouldn’t aloof accelerate a resume to addition you aloof met to appearance your assignment experience.
It would be abundant easier to say ‘hey, aloof analysis out my assignment acquaintance at vizualize.me’. Addition can get a faculty in about 10 abnormal of what you do and accept done. I anticipate bodies added than designers acknowledge that too.
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Jay:So it sounds like you creating this apparatus as abundant for readers of resumes as you are writers of resumes. Is allotment of your ambition to aid Human Resource groups?
Eugene:Yes, it’s both ways. It’s there to advice the user acquaint the adventure in a abundant added beheld and accordant address and it’s additionally for the reader—whether that be an HR professional, administrator or peer—so they can admeasurement you up easily, at a glance after accepting to apprehend your 5 folio resume.
The boilerplate resume is added than 2 pages, added than 1000 words and unless you are a able recruiter, they can be appealing adamantine to read. There are a a lot of recruiters interested. I’ve talked to a lot of business owners and in actuality they capital us to body infographics and decision accoutrement for them to clarify candidates. We may go there one day but appropriate now our focus is on a customer product.
Jay:Tell me about the alpha of this idea. How did it appear to you? Are you from an HR or abstruse background?
Eugene:Originally my accomplishments was programming. The abstraction for this came while I was accomplishing some adaptable development consulting. I don’t apperceive if you bethink but beforehand this year there was one infographic resume by Chris Spurlock that went viral on the Internet.
He was a student; accelerating in journalism. He had created a beheld infographic resume and he had acquaint it on Facebook. It went viral, had civic coverage, was on TV…it really, absolutely blew up. And again he concluded up accepting a job a Huffington Post. So, it absolutely worked. It formed above Chris’s imagination.
When I saw that I was like ‘Holy Crap’. I’ve consistently admired infographics and at the time I was account a lot of resumes. I had to appoint for all kinds of situations [for the adaptable consultancy] and bodies would accelerate me their 3-4 folio resumes and I would about accept time to attending at them. So I anticipation this infographic resume abstraction could be a absolutely big thing.
I anticipation absolutely we can’t exhausted a designer, but we can absolutely automate it, put it on the web and accomplish it chargeless (at atomic some of it for free) or allegation a baby bulk of money and we could accept a appropriate business out of it or at atomic a appealing accepted website.
So I had the abstraction and sat on it for a while and again I pitched it at Alpha Up Weekend Toronto and we won. In one night we got 5000 signups. The abutting day, by the time we presented, we were accomplished 5000 signups. I had addition presentation at Demo Camp, four canicule later, and we were accomplished 12,000 signups. So there was acutely lots of appeal and this was aloof the LaunchRock page…it didn’t absolutely accept abundant description.
Jay:Are you activity to try to alter Linkedin?
Eugene:The affinity I would use is that Linkedin is like WordPress and we are aggravating to be like Tumblr. We are aggravating to be like the acknowledgment added breezy arrangement for resumes. I don’t alike appetite to use the chat Amusing Arrangement because we are not a Amusing Network…we are a apparatus basically. There are no amusing appearance in our product.
Eventually, it’s commodity we’d like to explore. I wouldn’t say we appetite to alter Linkedin. In actuality we await on Linkedin appropriate now. We use their login to affix so we accept to comedy nice with them [laughing]. And they accept blocked any aggregation or sites that are aggressive with them…all the big recruiting sites that try to use their agreeable and APIs. And I absolutely don’t appetite that.
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Jay:And they are acceptance you to use the content? You accept permission?
Eugene:Yeah, appropriate now we are OK but I’m abiding if you address an commodity that says we are activity to be the abutting Linkedin they will absolutely block us [we both laugh].
Jay:I absolutely don’t appetite that on my conscience. No but seriously, your action could additionally be about possibly actuality acquired by addition like Linkedin. Has that beyond your mind?
Eugene:Yeah. I would say that would be OK. Actuality acquired by Linkedin would be OK. We appetite to accompaniment Linkedin. The attitude we accept is that we appetite to accompaniment Linkedin and absolutely because we use Linkedin alone for logins appropriate now and alone acceptation abstracts from them…because of that, what we’ve apparent is that users are absolutely convalescent their Linkedin profiles because of us. So we are absolutely allowance Linkedin in a way.
We don’t accept all the Amusing Networking accoutrement that they accept and we apparently won’t do that. I mean, I don’t absolutely see us activity that route. We are a abundant lighter version. We anticipate things like skills, recommendations interests and all that, and best bodies don’t ample those things in…especially the abilities part.
Once users amount out ‘hey I can anticipate my abilities and and body a blueprint of them’ bodies absolutely go in and ample in their Linkedin profiles. So I would say appropriate now we absolutely accompaniment Linkedin.
Jay:You told me about and Experiment you ran. Can you explain?
Eugene:Well, we ran a alternation of abstracts with our beta users. In one we begin that—remember the affair I told you about earlier…that vizualize.me users were commutual assertive abridged genitalia of their Linkedin profiles—we begin that to be accurate to some degree. That’s how we begin that out.
We additionally begin out that beta users appetite to accept altered profiles for altered purposes. Like for the architect who is activity for a business job. Their Linkedin contour will consistently accept their engineering acquaintance but again they appetite to actualize a decision that’s altered or that’s added business specific. That will apparently advance into a exceptional feature. We ability acquiesce users to accept altered visualizations for altered purposes.
Jay:Ah, about like awning letters. Everyone’s been through that. You circuit the aforementioned amount abilities altered means for altered jobs.
Eugene:Yeah, commodity like that. If you accelerate a decision to IBM there ability be one appearance but f you accelerate it to a alpha up, there ability be a altered view.
Jay:How do you plan on monetizing?
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