How to Build Your VisualCV for the Best Results - dummies

How to Build Your VisualCV for the Best Results

VisualCV lays out your résumé intuitively with a heading and two columns: a wide column and a narrow column. This setup makes laying out information highly manageable. Your basic résumé info goes in the wide main column, while highlighted, multimedia elements go in the narrow side column.

Begin by choosing a Style — just click on the thumbnails across the top of the page to see your options, and choose the one you like best. By default, the wide column appears on the left and the narrow column on the right, but you can make the columns trade places if you prefer; just click on the Swap Columns button next to the Style choices.


None of the fields are required. You can pick and choose which elements to fill in and which to leave out.

The heading of your VisualCV

In VisualCV, the heading appears at the top of the wide column and highlights essential information, such as your name and contact information. Info you entered previously — your name, city, state, country, and e-mail address — is plugged in for you. You have the option of adding your photo, an affiliate logo, links to other websites, and additional contact info.

The wide column of your VisualCV

Beneath the heading, the wide column comprises three sections that VisualCV automatically adds to your profile: Summary, Work History, and Education. You can add more sections, such as Interests or Portfolio, by selecting the section you want from the ribbon at the top of the page.

You can change the color, typeface, and formatting of the text in any of the wide-column sections. Just click on the Need Help Formatting Your Text? link in the lower-right corner of the section’s data-entry area for how-to info.

The narrow column of your VisualCV

The multimedia aspect of VisualCV really comes into play in the narrow column. You can choose to add elements like an embedded video résumé or a portfolio of work samples worth highlighting.

VisualCV is visual. Where possible, supplement your written information with visual elements. For example, someone who was a project manager included scans of his PMP certification. What can you show visually from your résumé?