ResumUP: Visualize Your LinkedIn or Facebook Profile
This really caught my eye this evening. It’s a very fresh way of looking at one’s profile, and the career timeline is just gorgeous.
I don’t know how it deduced my rough personality profile (it was mostly right) and I can’t quite figure out what to do with the Skills infographic (there’s no help. Beta!). Am I 30% writing, or 40%? I’ve seen those a lot on resumes of late and they kind of bug me. The last few interviews I’ve been in, people are printing out my resumes and writing stuff down (side note: when I spoke the magic word, “typography”, pens really got going!).
There’s much to love here, though. I do feel lost, and a bit numb, scrolling through my full-to-the-gills LinkedIn profile. ResumUP is a rather pleasant - if only skin-deep - way to get a quick view of someone’s work history and current status.
I really love timeline graphics - I may incorporate this into a resume, or a site somehow. The hardest thing about making them by hand is getting the time relationships to convert to spacial ones (unless you’re a math nerd). I’ve used Bee Docs’ Timeline 3D before for some neat historical visualizations (see my presentation design samples, and motion graphics reel for a glimpse), and I recommend it heartily.
The profile view is really just the beginning for this app - the tool they’re building up to is the Career Plan. This is really cool, but only as good as the data, and the data relationships (step A > B > C). I honestly have a hard time defining what I do, based on BLM data. I don’t fit well in their boxes, like a process engineer or elevator repairman might. So, the value isn’t there quite yet for someone like me (who does web dev, design, UX, and video).
What do you think? Is this a tool you’d use, if you’re either recruiting or searching for a job?