Beyond.com Launches New 'Career Portfolio' for Professionals to Create a Visual Resume in Minutes
Leading career network provides a new way for professionals to supplement their traditional resume with a dynamic infographic of their career history
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Beyond.com, The Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed professionally, today announced that they have launched an all-new Career Portfolio, a compelling, engaging and visually-informative snapshot of a person's career that can supplement a traditional resume. This new tool, available for free to the over 30 million members of the Beyond.com community, maps career accomplishments into a timeline, allowing recruiters and HR professionals to quickly scan for the most relevant information on the candidate.
Career Portfolio creates a pictorial layout that transforms often restrictive resume templates into compelling storyboards of a person's career. The end result is an infographic that serves as a vibrant representation of all relevant work experience, skills, education, certifications and interests. The average recruiter only spends 30 seconds or less on a candidate's resume and the Career Portfolio's concise gathering of data is a highly efficient and effective way to convey large amounts of information quickly and clearly.
"The traditional resume is hard to decipher, at least efficiently, and is as inspiring as a brick," said renowned HR expert Peter Weddle , CEO of WEDDLE's, a research and publishing firm. "In today's hypercompetitive job market, job seekers need a way to stand out, and I think that Beyond.com's Career Portfolio is a big step in the right direction."
The moment Career Portfolio launched, over 27 million people transformed their traditional resumes, giving them the option of supplementing any traditional professional career material with something much more unique. While traditionally formatted resumes blend together when placed side-by-side, Career Portfolio separates job candidates from the competition and presents information in an easily digestible format.
With almost 4 billion resumes sent out annually, there is extensive frustration among job seekers that their communication to prospective employers is lost in a sea of sameness. While the economy is certainly a factor in the increased competition, Beyond.com conducted a comprehensive survey of HR professionals and recruiters to find out why candidates might remain anonymous among the masses:
- 55% of respondents thought that "job seekers do not know how to use the traditional resume format effectively"
- 67% of all respondents thought that one of the most common mistakes job seekers make is "not clearly demonstrating relevant skills and expertise"
- The majority of respondents (58%) said that an infographic-style resume would enable them to evaluate candidates better and/or faster
Since launching in 1998, Beyond.com has changed the way people search for employment by connecting job seekers and companies through 75 unique career channels and 2,500 industry and regional communities. Members have 24/7 access to a suite of personalized tools, as well as networking features, statistics and social and industry research. The all-new Career Portfolio is the culmination of a long-term vision to radically rethink the status quo of job search.
"People tend to be visual learners and Career Portfolio provides a guidance technique that leads the eye to the most relevant information about a candidate, thus creating a powerful memory and lasting impression," said Rich Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com. "Each job candidate has a unique story to tell and now they have a much-needed tool to bring their distinct narrative to life. Career Portfolio enhances a candidate's resume the way a telescope focuses on a singular image, distinguishing its qualities among a universe of stars."
Those not yet members of the Beyond.com community are able to send their resume as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, where Beyond.com's technology will automatically transform it into a Career Portfolio and provide free membership to their vast network of available jobs and career tools.
About Beyond.com, Inc.
Beyond.com, The Career Network, is focused on helping people grow and succeed professionally. By connecting job seekers and employers through 75 unique career channels and 2,500 industry and regional communities, we are changing the way job searching is done and helping people build relationships around the world. Members have access to powerful communication tools, including the all-new Career Portfolio, a compelling, engaging and visually-informative snapshot of a person's career that can supplement a traditional resume. In addition to a 24/7 online presence, the Beyond.com community benefits from job search functions, statistical data, industry research and networking features that provide an extensive hub for managing a professional's entire career. Beyond.com was named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious 'Inc. 500' list and is a Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) portfolio company. For more information, please visit: www.Beyond.com.
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