LinkedIn Isn’t the Only Game in Town

Now that LinkedIn’s IPO is history, everyone knows the value of the professional social media site that job-seekers and recruiters have been talking about and using for years. But LinkedIn is not the only online destination when it comes to sharing and promoting career details. Here are some interesting alternatives to LinkedIn.

Issuu

This site provides users with the opportunity to create online portfolios that become interactive and just like magazines. As the site explains, “It’s our mission to empower individuals, companies, and institutions to publish their documents across all digital platforms.” Also, the site allows for a customized URL. Click here for an example of what can happen when you transform a simple PowerPoint into a digital publication.

Google Maps

Clever sometimes works – depending on the audience. A copywriter used Google Maps and created a visual CV. The site takes visitors on a worldwide journey of his experience. Click here to check it out.

VisualCV

Combine an old-fashioned resume with George Lucas, and the result might be VisualCV. This free online tool creates resumes with multimedia – audio and video can easily become part of the online resume. Information can be shared publicly or privately – or even to select individuals, the URL can be customized, and work samples can be featured. As the site explains, “Previously, there was nowhere online for professionals to create an Internet-based resume, build and manage an online career portfolio, and securely share professional qualifications with employers, customers, partners, and colleagues. With VisualCV, you can do all of this in the same place.”

SnapPages

Have you ever wanted to create a small website to feature some of your work samples but either didn’t have the time or didn’t want to spend a lot of money? SnapPages may be your answer. There are several choices ranging from a free version to $8 or $30 per month. But, even the free version is a great option if you want to showcase some work when job-searching. SnapPages makes it easy to create a site and maintain your content. Click here to check out an example.

Carbonmade

This site is directed toward illustrators, photographers, web and graphic designers and offers a clean canvas so that the user can focus on content. Users can customize the overall look, logo, and domain.

FacesForce

This site allows you to share your experience or resume with others through visual messages and video. Each document has its own customized URL, and you can control who views your information. As the FacesForce site explains, the site “lets users combine video messaging, text and images into a single canvas that you can share with selected recipients to clearly convey your thoughts. A canvas can be defined as a public or private web page that combines video messaging, text and images.”

Follr

This site provides a one-stop website (that can be customized with a person’s name) that can feature links to six social media sites at no charge – and there is also a professional version for which there is a charge. Follr.com features links to social media profiles (called identities), activity stream (of Tweets and blog posts), profile photo, background customization options, overview bio, work and education details, contact email/phone, and connections. Click here to see my Follr social media business card.

Do you use any of these sites? Chime in with your experiences, pros and cons, as well as any other sites you’ve found useful.

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About Allan Pratt

Technology and cybersecurity professional with focus on tech news, cybersecurity, networking, infrastructure, data protection, consumer electronics, and social media.
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