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Managing ‘difficult’ employees? Try this self-test

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Job-seekers will do anything to stand out. So it’s no surprise that they’ve turned to online résumé sites.

The services allow users to post their job history, as well as a digital portfolio of their work—more than a traditional résumé would allow. Then, rather than attaching a file, a job seeker need only send prospective employers a link to his or her web site.

Here’s a lineup of four of the services:

1. DoodleKit.com:
Offers more than a dozen options for fonts, layouts and colors. You can even upload images for a slideshow.

Downside: The free version pesters you with ads on every page. You may also run into formatting problems unless you download software from the site.

Cost:
Ranges from free to $69 a month, including online hosting of your web site.

2. WebResumePlace:
Once you’ve created it, you can download your résumé into a PDF, doc or txt format. You also have access to customer support.

Downside:
Cumbersome to edit. Across the top of the résumé, there’s a stock photo of people in a meeting.

Cost: $25 a year and $2 a month after that.

3. InteractiveResumeServices:
It’s easy to cut and paste text from your résumé into this format, and you can choose to make any part of your site inactive.

Downside:
The templates don’t allow for many design options.

Cost:
$25 a year for one résumé.

4. VisualCV: With a crisp, clear layout, it offers more design options than the others. You can download the site into a PDF version, and customer service is available.

Cost:
Free.

— Adapted from “Your Best Web Footprint Forward,” Shivani Vora, The Wall Street Journal.

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Joseph Rueter July 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm

A 4th you might consider is http://www.extendr.com A number of people are using as a clickable resume. The “tour” feature helps a ton too.

Think of being able to write a short statement about what your relationship is to an organization and that sentence is a link to it. Or a resume site or articles you’ve written spread across the web. It need not be that way. There is far more opportunity out there to be grasped than having our web pretense spread all over.

Sincerely, Joseph Rueter (co-founder .extendr)

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