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I just created my resume…

… and I didn’t say “upload”.

This morning, I was thinking about how to update my “about“-page and give it a more interesting and state-of-the art look. Get rid of boring text and upload some pictures was my first thought. But simple pictures are so Gen X… so I started looking for a tool to create infographics and came up with  is one of many tools in the market that enables a user to pull in and edit his or her LinkedIn data to produce stylish web-based “personal” infographic(s). I choose it, because it was first to pop-up in my Google search results – and take it as an example for all the other products out there.

Actually there is a lot of thoughts on the future of candidates’ presentation in the web community. Will it be Pinterest, SocialCV, infographics or something totally different?

Speaking of infographics, back to The infographic layout, which could be customized, focuses on basic data such as name, title and biography, social links and career timeline — it also enables a user to add more graphics, including statistics, skill advancement, proficiencies, quotes and interests over time. I like the “percentages” feature, where you can highlight figures which you think represent your career stages best.

Besides the career timeline that is generated via the LinkedIn connection, the other graphics can be tedious to create, as all the details must be entered manually. A nice feature is that you can give the page a more personal appeal by integrating pictures or moving the various design items.

In the end a partly interactive infographic resume is generated. As you can easily update your data, this page is an always accurate and recent CV.

There are strong arguments for this kind of presentation from the candidates perspective. Besides its non-static data and customizable appeal, it also also offers the possibility to integrate more detailed data,  files and hyperlinks. Though, some candidates (and some candidate advisors) tend to tailor their CV for certain employers/jobs. This might be even more work than in the “past”. Also, with these kind of tools, you still have full control over the personal data you like to share with potential employers.

But also from an employer point-of-view I could see some arguments for infographics resumes: the biggest fear of every recruiter is that they find a non-standard rather chaotic CV, have to search for data or at least do not find data at the expected place. All of this costs time… With such a tool like there will be some fresh and not-so-boring looks, but not for the price of some of those disadvantages. Data will still be structured (customization is limited, which doesn’t happen on personal homepages) and if you are interested in getting more detail to e.g. some career stages, just move your mouse over it. This makes it partially even better to read than the common pdf/word documents.

So, recruiters out there start getting used to this kind of candidate presentation.

Maybe I start trying kinzaa next, but maybe some of you already tried it and would like to share their experience?


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Stand up!

“Employees follow strict rules: Attendance is mandatory, nonwork chitchat is kept to a minimum and, above all, everyone has to stand up.

Stand-up meetings are part of a fast-moving tech culture in which sitting has become synonymous with sloth. The object is to eliminate long-winded confabs where participants pontificate, play Angry Birds on their cellphones or tune out.

Atomic Object even frowns upon tables during meetings. (…)

As Agile has become more widely adopted, stand-ups have spread along with it. VersionOne, which makes Agile-development software, polled 6,042 tech employees around the world in a 2011 survey and found that 78% held daily stand-up-meetings.” (more)

I am not sure whether this goes very well along with some aspects of diversity (namely age and disability). And, serving in the Army, I know how hard it is to stand still and upright for more than five minutes. Or just ask a shop assistant… concentrating on standing upright easily spoils your attention.

Most important of all: the whole approach is overengineered and best case unproductive. Why force people to stand up in mandatory meetings? Make _all_ meetings voluntary. If only people show up, who have an interest in the meeting, productivity and efficiency should boost. But that would ask for pre-meeting information like an agenda and the expected outcome – not everyone is used to this.

On the other hand I have to admit that I tend to stand-up and maybe even walk across the room during meetings. But I guess that isn’t what is meant here…

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bcg.perspectives – The Connected World

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Be Better at Twitter

In The Atlantic Megan Garber has put together a nice code of conduct and some relevant data for everyone who uses Twitter for more than just check-ins…

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