These are some of the questions we've been asked about creating VisualCVs:

Getting Started

Working with Privacy Settings

Working with VisualCV Sections

Working with Portfolio Items

Saving and Printing VisualCVs

I'm ready! How do I get started?

Glad you asked! Now that you've signed up, you're ready to start creating your first VisualCV. Here's how:

  1. Identify your career interests. Tell me more
  2. Get inspired! See examples of VisualCVs that other members have created. Show me examples
  3. Create your VisualCV by building resume sections and adding items from your portfolio. Tell me more

Pressed for time? Get up to speed quickly:

  • Take our 60-second "mini tour" for a quick visual overview of creating, enriching, sharing, and managing VisualCVs. Take me there
  • Watch other short demos and tutorials that deliver "how to" steps in small chunks. Show Video button Take me there


I already have a resume. Can I upload it, or do I have to start from scratch?

Unlike other online resume and job search services, we don't ask our members to upload a carefully formatted existing resume only to mangle it beyond recognition. VisualCVs are an entirely different beast than traditional resumes—instead of formatted tabs and columns, your VisualCV will have sections that include text and multimedia, and you'll be using our VisualCV editor to create them. For more text-heavy sections, you can paste text into the section from your existing resume and format it in your VisualCV as you like. You can also start your first VisualCV from pieces you have already written for your LinkedIn profile.


Can you help me write my resume?

Writing a powerful resume is no easy task. We offer two great resources to help:

  • The VisualCV Marketplace an open market resource where you can find a variety of service providers who can help improve your VisualCV or assist with your job search. In the Marketplace, you'll find listings for career coaches, resume writers, videographers and photographers, certified VisualCV creators, recruiters, and certification and testing providers. Take me to the VisualCV Marketplace (login required)
  • Be sure to check out the excellent (and free!) eBook called the Insider's Guide to the VisualCV. Written by Louise Kursmark—Master Resume Writer and one of the leading resume-writing experts in the United States—this helpful guide will lead you through decisions about what material to include in a resume, how to include it, and how to position it for maximum impact within a VisualCV and in the minds of recruiters and potential employers. Take me to the Insider's Guide


You are saying that my VisualCV is x% complete. What does that mean?

On your VisualCV dashboard, we show a progress bar to give you an idea of how much information your VisualCV contains:
VisualCV progress bar

A VisualCV that is closer to being 100% complete is more likely to be found in search results and provides enough information to show recruiters and employers that you are a good fit for the opening they have.

For your first VisualCV, we'll walk you through adding key sections that will show progress on the "% complete" bar. You can add the sections now by clicking the Add Now button, or you can add them later by clicking Add Another Time. Tell me how to add sections later


What do the privacy settings mean?

Privacy settings determine who gets to see your VisualCV. In a nutshell, here's what they mean:

  • Only me: Nobody can view your VisualCV (even if you have previously shared it with someone) until you select another setting. This setting is helpful when you are still working on your VisualCV and it's not quite ready for people to view.
  • People I share with: Your public VisualCV can be viewed by any VisualCV member when that member logs in to VisualCV, provided that you also select the appropriate display setting. You can share any private VisualCVs that have this setting with a non-member via email.
  • Anyone: Anyone with an Internet connection can view your VisualCV using your VisualCV's URL. This setting applies only to your public VisualCV. Tell me about my public VisualCV

You can change a VisualCV's privacy settings on your VisualCV dashboard. Tell me more


What is the difference between a "public" and a "private" VisualCV?

When members first join VisualCV, we create a starter public VisualCV for them. Any subsequent VisualCVs a member creates are private VisualCVs.

Your public VisualCV

Your public VisualCV is referred to as My VisualCV on your VisualCV dashboard. By default, other VisualCV members will see this VisualCV when they log in to VisualCV.

When you join VisualCV, we also create a web address (URL) for your VisualCV that looks like this:

The rAnd0m portion of the URL was assigned by the system when you first joined.

If you change the privacy setting of your public VisualCV to "Anyone," you can share your VisualCV with anyone with an Internet connection using its URL. You can include this URL on your business cards, in your email signature, or on other websites to point to this VisualCV. Tell me the pros and cons of the "Anyone" privacy setting

You can restrict who sees your public VisualCV by selecting another privacy setting for it. Tell me how

After you create additional VisualCVs, you can choose a different VisualCV as your public one. Tell me how

Your private VisualCVs

Any additional VisualCVs that you create will remain private until you explicitly share them with someone or make one of them your public VisualCV.


Can I choose which VisualCV is my public one?

Yes, if you have created additional VisualCVs, you can choose which VisualCV you want to be your public one. Tell me how


Why can't viewers see my Contact Info?

Specify who can view the email address, address, and phone numbers listed on your VisualCV by selecting the appropriate setting from the "Allow to view my personal contact information" list.

From the "More Privacy Settings..." page:
More Privacy Settings

You can set the privacy for these fields to "Anyone" (for your public VisualCV), "People I share with", or "Only me." Privacy Settings

Tell me more about privacy.


Why can't viewers see my References?

If your VisualCV contains references, specify who can view their email addresses and phone numbers by selecting the appropriate setting from the "Allow to view my reference's contact information" list.

From the "More Privacy Settings..." page:
More Privacy Settings

You can set the privacy for these fields to "Anyone" (for your public VisualCV), "People I share with", or "Only me." Privacy Settings

Tell me more about privacy.


I want to tailor my VisualCV for different kinds of jobs or audiences. How do I create different versions?

If a sudden opportunity arises for which your existing VisualCVs don't quite fit, you can quickly pull together a new version by copying an existing VisualCV and tweaking text and sections as needed. This way, you'll be able to respond almost immediately when opportunity knocks. Tell me how to copy my VisualCV


Why are there so many VisualCV sections? Do I have to use them all?

Most resumes follow a fairly typical format, with similar sections. We included what we feel are the most common sections that recruiters look for when scanning resumes to learn more about you. You can incorporate as many or as few of these sections into your VisualCVs as you like. Tell me more


I don't see a section that applies. Can I create my own?

Sure—there's a category called Custom for that very purpose. Just add a custom section and click its title to rename it to whatever you'd like.


Can I change the names of the sections in my VisualCV?

You can change the titles of the sections that you add to a VisualCV. Here's how:

  1. Click the section title you want to change. (Make sure you are in VisualCV edit mode, not preview mode.)
  2. Type the new name.
  3. Click OK.

Just remember that any changes you make apply only to this one VisualCV, not to any other VisualCVs you have created. Tell me more about editing my VisualCV

You can also change the name of your VisualCV itself. Here's how:

  1. Click the You link at the top of any VisualCV page to display your VisualCV dashboard.
  2. If the VisualCV you want to edit isn't listed at the top of your dashboard, switch it here:
    Switch VisualCV

  3. Click the triangle next to the Edit link (to the left of your VisualCV's "% Complete" progress indicator), and then click Rename.
  4. Type a new name for your VisualCV.
  5. Click Rename.


Can I move sections around?

You may have noticed that your VisualCV can be structured in two columns: a small column that typically contains your references and portfolio sections, and a larger column that contains your VisualCV's other resume sections. You can move sections within—but not across—columns by clicking Move section in the top left corner of the section in the VisualCV editor and dragging the section to its new home.


Can I swap columns?

Yes. Just click the Swap Columns button in the VisualCV editor.


Can I change the overall look of my VisualCV?

In addition to swapping columns, you can change the style scheme (or "skin") used in your VisualCV. To do so, click the Style buttons above your VisualCV in the VisualCV editor. Play around with these buttons to see which look you like best!

VisualCV Styles


Will you check my spelling?

We won't check your spelling or your grammar, so be careful. Have a dictionary handy or consider running your VisualCV by someone who can wryte and spel gud.


How does the portfolio work?

Your portfolio is where you can upload and store tangible evidence (in the form of documents, images, videos, audio clips, or charts) of your capabilities and accomplishments. Consider your portfolio as a gallery of multimedia items that you can add to each VisualCV that you create. Tell me how to add to my portfolio

You can enrich your VisualCV even further by linking portfolio images to other portfolio items (Show Video button tell me more) or to external websites (Show Video button tell me more).


How many photos, videos, and documents can I upload?

We don't currently limit the number of items you can upload to your portfolio. As long as our members remain considerate and don't use VisualCV as online photo albums, for example, we don't anticipate ever running out of storage space. However, please plan to use any items you upload to your portfolio in at least one VisualCV; if you're taking up too much storage space for portfolio items that don't have a home in at least one VisualCV, we may ask you to trim down.


The file I want to upload is huge. Will that be a problem?

The portfolio does limit the size of items you can upload. Limits are as follows:

  • Image and audio files: 25 MB
  • Documents: 100 MB
  • Video files: 200 MB

TIP: If you want to include a video file that is larger than 200 MB, you can publish it elsewhere (for example, on YouTube or Yahoo! Video) and then link your portfolio to it. Tell me how


What file types do you accept?

We accept the most common types of media files, including:

  • Video: .avi, .3gp, .mov, .rm, .mp4, .wmv, .m2v, .flv
  • Audio: .wav, .mp3, .ra, .aiff, .qt, .au, .mp2
  • Documents: most common document types (for example, .doc, .pdf, .ppt, .xls) except .exe
  • Images: .gif, .png, .jpg

Your portfolio can also include external videos from YouTube and Yahoo! Video and slideshow presentations from SlideShare. Tell me how | Free online media file conversionNeed help converting your file into a supported format, try, a free online media file conversion utility.


Why would I want to add a video?

A video enhances your VisualCV by showing off your presentation skills. Stand out by telling prospective employers why you are a great fit or why you love being a developer, a product manager, or a salesperson. You can also use a video as a "stand-in" for a first interview, especially if you follow the tips in the "Video Resume Tips" section of our Insider's Guide to the VisualCV eBook. Take me to the video tips


Can I send just my video to someone?

No. Other people can view your video on your VisualCV, but you can't just send a video separately to someone via VisualCV.


How do I add a slideshow presentation to my portfolio?

You can add a slideshow presentation to your portfolio in two ways:

  • Upload as a document: If you created your presentation using a tool such as PowerPoint or OpenDocument, you can upload the presentation to your portfolio as a document (that is, a PDF file, a PowerPoint .ppt file, or a OpenDocument .odp file). This method is quick and easy if you know that the people who are viewing your VisualCV can open your presentation (for example, you created it with PowerPoint and you know that your audience has at least the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer installed on their computer). Tell me how
  • Add from SlideShare: Alternatively, you can upload your presentation to SlideShare and then provide us with the "embed" code that SlideShare creates for it. When people view your VisualCV, we'll show your presentation just like a video, with controls that allow them to view each slide at their own pace. With this method, you don't have to worry about whether people have the right setup on their computer. Tell me how

    NOTE: Only SlideShare presentations will work with VisualCV. SlideShare documents are not supported at this time.

    NOTE: SlideShare presentations are publicly accessible. Tell me how this relates to privacy and my VisualCV


How do I add a chart to my portfolio?

If you have already created a chart in Excel or a similar chart application, you can upload the chart to your portfolio either as a document or as an image:

  • As a document: To upload the chart as a document, you can upload the original .xls file in which the chart resides. You can also create and upload a PDF version of the chart. This method is quicker than uploading the chart as an image, but you can't always guarantee that those viewing your VisualCV will be able to see your chart (for example, if they don't have Excel installed on their computer).
  • As an image: To upload the chart as an image, you can copy the chart from Excel or other chart application and paste it into PowerPoint or into a graphics program like PaintShop Pro or Photoshop Elements, and then save it and upload it as an image file such as a .jpg, .gif, or .png.

Tell me how


If I delete a portfolio item, does that delete it from any VisualCVs I used it in?

Yes! Deleting an item from a portfolio will also zap it from any VisualCVs that use it, so delete with caution! On the other hand, if that letter of recommendation you uploaded when you were a lion trainer is no longer remotely useful in your present career and none of your current VisualCVs use it, it's probably safe to bid it adiós.


If I delete my VisualCV, will my portfolio items disappear?

No. If you delete a VisualCV, all of your portfolio items will remain in your portfolio gallery for you to reuse in another VisualCV.

Note: You can't delete your public VisualCV.


How do I save the information in my VisualCV?

When you add or change information in a VisualCV section, be sure to save the section before you leave it to preview or work on something else in your VisualCV. To do so, click the Save button at the bottom of the section. If you forget, we'll remind you!


Can I save my VisualCV on my computer?

You can save your VisualCV as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, which you can save to your computer, print, or upload to an employer's website if needed. Tell me how


Can I print my VisualCV?

You can save your VisualCV as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, which you can save to your computer, print, or upload to an employer's website if needed. Tell me how